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Provinzano, Kathleen; Riley, Ryan; Levine, Bruce; Grant, Allen – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Public school districts are locally controlled and funded through local property taxes. Funding schools this way perpetuates structural inequities in poorer school districts and as a result, students living in poverty have minimal access to critical resources that support student learning. Community schools are resurfacing in many of these urban…
Descriptors: Community Schools, College School Cooperation, Public Schools, Partnerships in Education
Bomberger, Ann; Homan, Michelle – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
This article describes the development and ongoing operations of the GreenEriePA.org project, a portal to all things environmental in Erie County, PA. Through regular input from community partners, GreenEriePA turned into a much larger, long-term project than the faculty coordinators at Gannon University, Erie, PA, originally anticipated. We…
Descriptors: Web Sites, School Community Programs, College Role, Colleges
Zander, Douglas; Mack, Nakia; Aviles, Jose; Corkery, Caleb; Shettel, Jennifer; Prabhu,Vilas; Shibley, Lisa – Metropolitan Universities, 2013
The Millersville Scholars Program at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, located in the Southeastern Pennsylvania metropolitan area, provides a compelling best practice for transition programs that address the specific needs of underprepared students so their success mirrors success rates of well-prepared students.
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Transitional Programs, Success, Learning Experience
Kauffman, Stephen E. – Metropolitan Universities, 2012
The interactive Internet, or Web 2.0, has created opportunities for civic engagement research and information management. This article presents a case describing one university's experience of such research. This article also provides a literature review on the evaluation of civic engagement and a description of the approach used at Widener…
Descriptors: Web 2.0 Technologies, Internet, Citizen Participation, Evaluation
Perna, Laura W.; Harkavy, Ira; Bowman, Cory – Metropolitan Universities, 2012
Urban colleges and universities not only have a responsibility to engage in activities designed to improve the educational attainment of local urban youth, but also have extensive financial, human, intellectual, and organizational resources that may be directed productively toward this purpose. This article describes the multipronged approach that…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Urban Universities, College Role, College Preparation
James, Patricia; Maslin, Mindy; Pringle, Susan M.; Van Clief, Barbara – Metropolitan Universities, 2010
The University Green program of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is an urban forestry partnership between four universities and their surrounding communities. The program offers excellent strategies for fostering improved college-community relations and stewardship by students and residents alike. University Green aims to improve the…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Forestry, Partnerships in Education, Horticulture
Palombaro, Kerstin M.; Lattanzi, Jill B.; Dole, Robin L. – Metropolitan Universities, 2010
Many institutions of higher learning engage in activities related to community building. At Widener University, the Institute for Physical Therapy Education has undergone a process to build on relationships with those in its community to create service-learning and community engagement activities that were first initiated with short-term, one-time…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Physical Therapy, Graduate Study, School Community Relationship
Forbes, Leighann S. – Metropolitan Universities, 2010
Gannon University, located in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania, created a middle level teacher preparation curriculum focused on sustainability. After reviewing the literature about learning, teacher preparation, and barriers to campus greening, the article describes how Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was integrated into the middle level…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Sustainable Development, Middle Schools, Teacher Education Curriculum
Hartley, Matthew; Harkavy, Ira; Benson, Lee – Metropolitan Universities, 2006
Benjamin Franklin founded the University of Pennsylvania as a secular institution with the pragmatic aim of instilling in its students the inclination and ability to serve humankind in both the civic and mercantile realms. On this, the three hundredth anniversary of his birth (1706-2006), Franklin's ideal of a democratic, engaged university has…
Descriptors: Community Relations, Citizen Participation, Higher Education, Democratic Values