ERIC Number: ED026979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Feasibility of Urban Service Opportunity and Curricular Amplification: "The St. Louis Project." Final Report.
Guthrie, Robert V.; And Others
A study was made to test the feasibility of a small college (located some distance from a city) establishing a residence unit within a slum or transitional area of a city. The purposes of such a program, in which students and faculty live in the city while continuing their normal course work, would be to: (1) enhance the curriculum by broadening the context in which courses are studied rather than adding new courses (2) rehabilitate housing units in which the project was located (3) participate in and render service to the community (4) provide college-age personnel to social service agencies already operating. The program is designed both to supplement existing community services and to respond to unmet needs within the community. The provision of college trained people functioning as MEMBERS of the community was aimed at countering a major weakness in community development--the lack of trained personnel. Research indicated that buying and rehabilitating demands large capital investments but the establishment of residence units on a rental or leasing basis is feasible and desirable. A small college can successfully initiate and implement such an urban residence program without capital outlay. Cost analysis of the project and analysis of the geographic area and choice of site are included; the course structure, social service opportunities, and the administrative problems of implementation are discussed. (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: MacMurray Coll., Jacksonville, IL.