Two Approaches to Assessing the Metropolitan University Mission

  • Nancy B. Shulock California State University
Keywords: Higher Education, Metropolitan Universities, Community Relations, Assessment


One of the principal challenges facing metropolitan universities is to find a way to explain their contributions to their communities. The metropolitan dimension to these institutions' missions is not well understood by the public, nor is it well documented by universities themselves. This article explains how and why California State University, Sacramento and Portland State University have taken very different approaches to confronting this challenge and offers suggestions and conclusions based on these experiences.