ERIC Number: ED426644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Colleges & Communities. Partners in Urban Revitalization. A Report on the Community Outreach Partnership Centers Program.
Aspen Systems Corp., Rockville, MD.; University Partnerships Clearinghouse, Rockville, MD.
This annual report describes the activities of the Community Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC) program during its first four funding rounds (1994-97). This federal program supports university-community partnerships in urban communities. Part 1 examines the federal role in such partnerships, primarily as a catalyst for adding key financial, human, and technical resources to university and community assets. Part 2 explains how COPC works, noting that the program has resulted in 60 grants to 77 higher education institutions in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Part 3 identifies a broad range of COPC activities at specific institutions. Highlighted programs include: providing a vision and a plan to enable high school students to create computerized neighborhood maps (University of Memphis, Tennessee); building on the University of Pennsylvania's tradition of assisting community schools; offering computer training programs that allow local communities to compete for jobs in the new information economy (Marshall University, West Virginia); offering resources to assist small business entrepreneurs (Stillman College, Alabama); providing better housing opportunities (Tulsa College, Oklahoma and Duquesne University, Pennsylvania); creating health, safety, and environmental programs (Arizona State University); building community capacity and leadership (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Texas A&M University); and fostering institutional change (Bay Area (California) universities). (DB)
Descriptors: Community Development, Cooperative Programs, Federal Programs, Grants, Higher Education, School Community Relationship, Urban Areas, Urban Improvement
University Partnerships Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 6091, Rockville, MD 20849; Tel: 800-245-2691 (Toll free); Fax: 301-519-5767.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC. Office of University Partnerships.
Authoring Institution: Aspen Systems Corp., Rockville, MD.; University Partnerships Clearinghouse, Rockville, MD.