ERIC Number: ED399317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The University's Role in the Improvement of Inner-City Education: A Perspective from the University. Publication Series #96-8.
Englert, Richard M.
The relationship between the university and the city is explored and implications are drawn for the university's role in improving inner-city education. The article assumes that there is such an institution as the "urban university" within a major city and having a significant level of interchange with it. There are tension points between cities and urban universities that constitute barriers to productive joint efforts to improve urban education; some of the most intractable disputes involve real estate and location. A 31-goal agenda is proposed that asks the urban university to provide a quality higher education for urban residents, provide university students with city experience, prepare urban professionals, develop a knowledge base for urban improvement, provide essential services for city residents, act as a good neighbor, and be a social critic and an agent of public policy. The first thing the urban university should do is to make certain that it provides access to urban students. Reclaiming the public trust and organizing urban improvement efforts are key elements of the university's role in urban education. However, each urban university must set its priorities in accord with its autonomy. (Contains 82 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Agenda Setting, College Role, College School Cooperation, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inner City, Interaction, Needs Assessment, School Community Relationship, School Role, Urban Education, Urban Problems, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Temple Univ., Philadelphia. Center for Research in Human Development and Education.; Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA. National Education Center on Education in the Inner Cities.
Note: Paper presented at the Wingspread Conference on "Next Steps in Inner-City Education" (Racine, WI, October 19-21, 1995).