ERIC Number: ED412855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The Urban University in the Community: The Roles of Boards and Presidents. AGB Occasional Paper No. 30.
Gilderbloom, John I.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Urban universities and colleges involved in community partnerships need comprehensive information to guide their presidents and boards in successful partnership implementation. Urban institutions should include an urban mission element in their overall mission statements and this should clearly define the goals of institutional leaders. The president's role in successful partnerships is proving requisite leadership and vision to the community, its leaders, and its members and to the university community. The president is also responsible for establishing and maintaining trust between the partners and using the university as a neutral ground. The primary role of the governing board is to balance the needs of the community and the institution. Boards also need to address policy issues such as setting priorities, determining opportunities for collaboration, defining student participation, determining faculty rewards, and establishing criteria for evaluation of success. Other issues boards need to consider include assessment of the general nature of the urban environment of the camps, the costs of developing and maintaining partnerships, and previous local partnership experiences. While there are barriers to successful university-community partnerships, these can be overcome if the partnership is carefully and constantly nurtured. (Contains 15 references.) (JLS)
Descriptors: Board Administrator Relationship, College Presidents, Governance, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Institutional Advancement, Institutional Mission, Mission Statements, Policy Formation, Role of Education, School Community Relationship, Trustees, Urban Education, Urban Universities
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Foreword by Hon. Henry G. Cisneros, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.