Extension, Enterprise, and Education: The Legacy of Co-operatives and Cooperation in Utah: Continuing Co-operative Education
Continuing Co-operative Education
In 1977, former President of the UCA, W.B. Robins, donated the Association's records to the Special Collections Department at USU. Simultaneously, he endowed a fund within the College of Business for a curriculum to study and teach the principles of co-operatives.
Contributors to the development of USU's Co-operative Education curriculum included W. B. Robins and Gary Hansen, among others. Robins contributed monetarily by endowing the College of Business to study and teach the principles of co-operatives. Economics Professor Hansen contributed not only by teaching new classes in international and worker co-operatives, but also by donating materials on co-operatives to USU Library's Special Collections and Archives and funding development of a Co-operatives Archives, including this digital collection.
Gary B. Hansen graduated from high school in 1953, he attended Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University), and graduated with a BS in Economics in 1957.
Hansen receive a masters in Economics in 1963. During that summer he authored an article on "Industry of Destiny: Copper in Utah," based on his Master's thesis at Utah State University, which was published in the Summer 1963 issue of the Utah Historical Quarterly. He also co-authored The Richest Hole on Earth: A History of the Bingham Copper Mine with Prof. Arrington, published as a research monograph by Utah State University.
During his 31 years at USU he served as a Professor of Economics, and from 1993 to 1998 as a Professor of Management and Human Resources. During the 1970s and 1980s, he conducted research and worked extensively to improve labor-management cooperation, the use of innovative approaches to collective bargaining and workplace democracy, and to promote the use of worker-owned cooperatives and other forms of worker ownership (ESOPs). 
Papers on International and Worker's Cooperatives
 Dr. Gary B. Hansen Professor, Introduction. Accessed 20 May 2016. http://garybhansen.com/index.php