ERIC Number: ED043301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
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The Urban Campus: No Longer an Atypical College Union Setting.
Bebb, Ernest L., Jr.
The traditional American concept of the college campus has been that of rolling campuses in the midwest and vine-covered buildings of the Ivy League. Yet the urban campus educates now more than one half of all college students. In design, the urban campus as a whole, and the union in particular, have followed the examples of their rural counterparts, without much attention to the needs of their urban environments. In addition to the traditional problems of the non-urban campus, the urban campus has a dropout rate of 60% - an indication that the education provided by these institutions is not suitable to many of their students. Parking is another serious problem that is often ignored. Because the library is often located far from any parking area, the union on an urban campus should provide study facilities for students, as well as some space where new faculty members could temporarily do some of their work. One of the roles of the urban university should be to give meaning to urban life and assist in creating a new image for our cities. Just as the urban university must reexamine its purposes, so must the urban unions. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City.
Note: Paper presented at the 47th Annual Conference of the Association of College Unions-International, Houston, Texas, March 22-25, 1970