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O'Hara, Sabine – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
Access to affordable fresh food is an ongoing challenge for underserved urban neighborhoods across the United States. Several are designated food deserts with no access to a full-service grocery store within a one-mile radius. The Urban Food Hubs of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the…
Descriptors: Food, Urban Areas, Neighborhoods, Capacity Building
Fox, Julie – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
Urban universities are uniquely positioned to make powerful and lasting contributions to the grand challenge of food security. To better understand the various dimensions related to the university's role in food systems, this case study explores intentional linkages, significant developments, natural tensions, and emerging impacts at the Ohio…
Descriptors: Systems Development, Food Service, Food, Urban Universities
Tooker, Patricia A. – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
There is no "magic potion" or vaccine to prevent youth from using alcohol or other drugs. Adolescent substance abuse prevention programs have been largely ineffective because the messaging is taken for granted. Efforts based on theories of growth and development patterns, and are inclusive of strategies beyond the classroom and home,…
Descriptors: Substance Abuse, Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Prevention
Gwynne, Kylie; Cairnduff, Annette – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
Aboriginal people fare worse than other Australians in every measure of health, including in a ten-year gap in life expectancy, infant mortality, cardiovascular disease, dental disease, mental health, chronic disease and maternal health. Despite sustained government effort, progress to improve Aboriginal health has been very slow. The collective…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Health Programs, Health Promotion, Prevention
De Chiara, Alessandra – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
Environmental pollution occurring in industrial districts represents a serious issue not only for local communities but also for those industrial productions that draw from the territory the source of their competitiveness. Due to its ability to take into account the needs of different stakeholders, the collective impact approach has the potential…
Descriptors: Pollution, Sustainability, Industry, Policy
Jones, Bruce; Croft, Maureen; Longacre, Teri – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
Student attrition rates in higher education are an ongoing concern in the U.S, and are costly to students themselves, colleges and universities, and the economy in terms of dollars and human potential. Thus, the need to identify solutions to student attrition is pressing for both students who are enrolled in institutions of higher education today,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Higher Education, Student Attrition, School Holding Power
Raderstrong, Jeff; Nazaire, JaNay Queen – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
The use of data to track and manage progress is critical to a collective impact initiative achieving results or understanding impact. Yet, little research has been done to determine how collective impact practitioners can effectively use data. This article--including a literature review, semistructured interviews with experts on performance…
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Semi Structured Interviews, Expertise, Partnerships in Education
Szarleta, Ellen J. – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
Business, nonprofit, and government institutions generally agree that a vibrant economy is critical to addressing the multi-faceted, complex issues faced by urban communities. Yet, despite significant targeted efforts aimed at revitalizing economic activity over the past few decades, the state of many communities remains unchanged. A collective…
Descriptors: Universities, School Role, Entrepreneurship, Capacity Building
Trent, Sheridan; Prange, Kelly; Allen, Joseph A. – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
Volunteers are essential to the operation of many nonprofits, but some experience challenges in retaining their volunteer workforce. The Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA) seeks to address this issue by helping organizations to identify strengths, growth areas, and recommendations for improving volunteer experiences. To maximize the effectiveness…
Descriptors: Volunteers, Program Evaluation, Alignment (Education), Universities
Smith, Jason; Pelco, Lynn E.; Rooke, Alex – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
Universities are increasing their efforts to more clearly demonstrate their social value. This article illustrates how higher education administrators can incorporate collective impact partnerships in their community benefit strategies. The article explores two of the more familiar paradigms for community benefit--community engagement and anchor…
Descriptors: College Role, School Community Relationship, Case Studies, Urban Universities
Lewis, Catherine – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
Across the country, colleges are opening their doors to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At University of Rochester (UR), we coordinate one such initiative called "Transition Opportunities at University of Rochester (TOUR)." Inclusive higher education at UR is based on the philosophy that ACCESS + SUPPORT =…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Inclusion, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disabilities
Keller, Thomas E.; Logan, Kay; Lindwall, Jennifer; Beals, Caitlyn – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
To provide multi-dimensional support for undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds who aspire to careers in research, the BUILD EXITO project, part of a major NIH-funded diversity initiative, matches each scholar with three mentors: peer mentor (advanced student), career mentor (faculty adviser), and research mentor (research…
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Relationship, Undergraduate Students, Student Diversity
Kees, Michelle; Risk, Brittany; Meadowbrooke, Chrysta; Nellett, Timothy; Spinner, Jane – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
Student veterans have been attending college in greater numbers since the passing of the Post/9-11 GI Bill. Although similar to other nontraditional students, student veterans face unique transition challenges that can affect their pursuit of higher education. Many student veterans could benefit from dedicated programs to help them succeed in…
Descriptors: Veterans Education, Social Support Groups, Peer Influence, College Students
Smith, Jennifer L. – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
This paper highlights the innovative approach the Student Success Initiative's unit at the University of Texas at Austin is taking to increase undergraduate persistence and four-year graduation rates. Specifically, this piece explores the large-scale University Leadership Network (ULN) program and examines the tiered undergraduate peer mentor…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mentors, Peer Relationship, Academic Persistence
Collier, Peter J. – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
Both hierarchical (e.g. student-faculty member or student-adviser) and peer (e.g. student-student) mentoring are recognized as best-practice strategies for promoting college student success. Formal mentoring programs utilizing both approaches can be found on many campuses. In the current institutional context of scarce or stagnant resources,…
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Teaching, College Students, Success
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