We should never make the mistake of thinking that what's in official reports about Extension (or anything else, for that matter) is the whole story. Or sometimes even the real story. And that we should never confuse official reports, mission statements, theories, lists of goals and objectives, and the like with actual practice.
As capital punishment laws come under closer scrutiny, we can expect to see significant progress away from the practice. However, this will not simply happen with the passage of time. It will require a greater level of engagement from the millions of people who now understand that it is time for capital punishment to end.
Six years after Mandela launched this group, with help from other leaders from South Africa and around the world, The Elders continue to promote the shared interests of humanity by working on issues ranging from climate justice to promoting equality between men and women to ending conflict in the Middle East to political reform and peace-building processes in Myanmar.
We are not naïve enough to argue that civic engagement is the panacea for all that threatens higher education in the United States. We do, however, strongly believe that it is part of the argument we need to make about the important role that our institutions have to play in addressing societal and global problems.