Urban Affairs at a Land Grant and Research University

  • Thomas M. Scott University of Minnesota
Keywords: Metropolitan Universities, Public Policty Centers, Urban Issues, Outreach


Research and outreach on urban issues were "new business" for higher education thirty years ago. Since then many models have been developed for incorporating an urban emphasis into university structures and functions. At the University of Minnesota, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) was established as an all-university unit with resources to establish community connections, facilitate and support faculty and graduate student urban research and outreach, and help integrate urban concerns into a large, urbanlocated land grant university.