ERIC Number: ED372147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Design of a Learning Community for Urban Learners: The Memphis Plan.
Etheridge, George W.; And Others
This paper describes a 1993-94 pilot program in Memphis (Tennessee) that was developed to increase the number of minority students prepared for, matriculating to, and graduating from postsecondary institutions. The communitywide partnership of institutions that implemented the program is described, along with the needs assessment commissioned by the partnership. The program grew from the participation of the University of Memphis and Shelby State College in the Ford Foundation's City-side Transfer Project. This initiative was expanded to include LeMoyne-Owen College and the Memphis City School system in the Memphis Center for Urban Partnerships (MCUP). MCUP selected one area of Memphis as a pilot area and began work with five elementary, secondary, and vocational schools. A needs assessment identified areas to be addressed in a plan for systemic change. Restructuring is beginning, and major program goals are being defined for different educational levels. Strategies for improving urban learning environments are being created and are grounded in an ecological model and guided by the belief that community resources must be mobilized to support school restructuring. (Contains 22 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College School Cooperation, Community Influence, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Partnerships in Education, Pilot Projects, Program Descriptions, School Business Relationship, School Restructuring, Urban Areas, Urban Schools, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Memphis State Univ., TN. Center for Research in Educational Policy.
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