University Infrastructure for Effective Work with Schools

  • Lee Teitel University of Massachusetts at Boston
Keywords: Metropolitan Universities, Public Schools, Partnerships


Metropolitan universities usually have various linkages to the public schools in their communities that range from shortterm, one-to-one personal connections to complex undertakings that involve entire schools or large segments of the university faculty. Often these relationships develop with little overall coordination. This paper explores why a university might want to use a more systematic approach. It outlines the advantages and disadvantages of several models for doing so and concludes with the "Ten-percent Solution, " a practical proposal that can improve coordination, quality, and connection to mission and requires little or no additional funding.