The College of Public and Community Service (CPCS) was founded in 1972 to extend the land grant mission of the university by focusing on public and community service in urban areas. The college represented a new model for undergraduate professional education built on the idea of building links between understanding and effective action, with ample opportunities for fieldwork and work experience. CPCS developed specific arrangements with anti-poverty organizations and government agencies for instructional and recruitment purposes.
As it continues to evolve, CPCS stays true to its vision of empowering people to make a difference in the world through positive social change and social justice activities in professional and community arenas. In its practice and in the educational opportunities it provides, the College of Public and Community Service endeavors to function as an inclusive, democratic and participatory learning community that promotes diversity, equality and social justice.