Universities are structurally constrained from engaging in community development. Traditional concepts of teaching, research, and service make it difficult to focus on the needs of the community as a motivating force in the higher learning process. Historically black public universities, however, may have fewer such constraints than large private institutions. In any event, there is great need in the world and all institutions must respond to that need according to their ability. Universities have great ability to effect positive change should they choose to use it. Perhaps a different model, where learning relies on the praxis of thought and action, could simultaneously produce better students and create better communities.