The University and Community Development

  • David W. Bartelt
Keywords: Metropolitan Universities, Communities, Partnerships, Community Development


Creating genuine partnerships between urban/metropolitan universities and their surrounding communities is a matter of self-interest for the academic institutions. Without a reversal in urban fortunes. their own survival is in danger. The commitment to access, traditionally found at most urban universities. is only one dimension of collaboration. It needs to be enhanced by full participation of the universities in community development as corporate citizens. These partnerships are most effective when they involve mediating institutions rather than having the university act as a direct service provider.