The Metropolitan Students


  • Marguerite R. Barnett University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Donald Phares University of Missouri-St. Louis


Higher Education


The emerging metropolitan university faces a diversity of issues and challenges occurring in a rapidly evolving social, economic, and demographic environment. To meet these challenges and serve the residents of its region, it must be able both to adapt and to adopt: adapt to change and adopt new ways of doing things. This article discusses the environment within which planning to meet the needs of the metropolitan university student occurs. It goes on to discuss a general planning model capable of providing the necessary feedback for institutional learning. More specifically, it discusses how such a planning process has been put in place and is evolving in the St. Louis· metropolitan region.