Term: Wisconsin Idea
Definition: Progressive-era policy to apply the expertise of the state's university to social legislation that benefited all the state's citizens; it led to classic programs such as regulation of utilities, workers' compensation, tax reform, and university extension services; sometimes expressed in the maxim that "the boundaries of the university are the boundaries of the state."
[Source: McCarthy, Charles. The Wisconsin Idea. Online at the Univ. of Wisconsin's Wisconsin Electronic Reader (www.library.wisc.edu/etext/WIReader/Contents/Idea.html)]