Museums can provide universities with a unique way to connect with the broader public, writes Steven Mintz. Mintz argues that postsecondary institutions should forge links with local cultural institutions through partnerships, exhibition planning and design, courses linked to museum exhibitions and more. The author writes that these partnerships provide a variety of benefits: Tthey provide students with opportunities to work professionally; give institutions an opportunity to create educational resources, foster university-artist collaborations; and expand museum professional development opportunities. “If we truly want our scholarship to have impact, and if we really want to expose our students to exciting possibilities that can be found in the real world, we need to venture outside the academy’s ivy-covered wall and meet the public where it is,” writes Mintz. Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.