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Melnick, Rob; Waits, Mary Jo; Rex, Tom – Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum, 1998
Research in two inner-city areas of Phoenix (Arizona) and its surrounding suburbs documents the importance of analyzing a metropolitan area's economy from the perspective of industry clusters before determining economic development policies and strategies for urban revitalization. In addition, the project reveals lessons about the role of…
Descriptors: College Role, Economic Development, Higher Education, Inner City
Folkman, Daniel; Rai, Kalyani; Percy, Stephen L. – Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum, 1998
The Community Action Scholars Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee provides education and training in organizational design and leadership to grassroots organizations and neighborhood residents. Insights drawn and lessons learned about university-community collaboration during this experience have the ultimate goal of empowering…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Community Programs, Empowerment, Higher Education
Shapiro, Nancy – Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum, 1998
The College Park Scholars Program at the University of Maryland is a learning community, based on the model of a residential college, that was designed to attract and retain academically talented undergraduates. Three experiential learning components developed by faculty for the curriculum are colloquia, service learning units, and discovery…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, College Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Discovery Learning
Hoffman, Nancy – Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum, 1998
Argues for college learning communities as vehicles for high school reform, and by extension, for reform of K-12 instruction. Such learning communities can model sound academic practices that all students should master in their last year of high school and first year of college. Programs at Temple University (Pennsylvania) and Portland State…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Case Studies, Change Strategies, College Freshmen
White, Charles R. – Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum, 1998
Urban and metropolitan college students often experience a traditionally organized curriculum as a series of disconnected course requirements. Portland State University (Oregon) has found that integrating attention to community-building as a central element of the core curriculum strengthened student and faculty affiliations and improved…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Case Studies, Classroom Environment, College Curriculum
Davies, Robert O. – Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum, 1997
The three basic strategic objectives any metropolitan university must address in order to build a solid base of alumni support are the characteristics of the current student population, demographics and mindset of the alumni base, and relationships with the surrounding community. Activities at Boise State University (Idaho) in each of these areas…
Descriptors: Alumni, Case Studies, College Planning, Higher Education
Hyland, Stanley; Cox, David; Martin, Cindy – Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum, 1998
The Memphis Maps program, a collaborative effort of Memphis (Tennessee) educational institutions, public agencies, a bank, and community programs, trains local students in Geographic Information Systems technology and provides the community with valuable demographic and assessment information. The program is described, and factors contributing to…
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Banking, College Instruction, Community Programs