The Great Cities Institute: Dilemmas of Implementing the Urban Land Grant Mission

  • Wim Wiewel University of Illinois at Chicago
Keywords: Metropolitan Universities, Public Policy Centers, Academic Freedom


The Great Cities Institute has been successfully established as a high-visibility urban policy research center that has at times been drawn into controversial issues. University leadership must be willing to defend academic freedom vigorously. But that freedom cannot be used as an excuse for just any type of pronouncement by faculty, and f acuity and administrators must take certain precautions to ensure quality control. These measures will help provide a productive environment for the engaged institution.