ERIC Number: ED448668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Gateway to the American Dream: Colleges and Communities. The State of the Community Outreach Partnership Centers Program, 2000.
University Partnerships Clearinghouse, Rockville, MD.; Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC. Office of Policy Development and Research.
This report highlights the contributions of universities and colleges to local community revitalization efforts, focusing on the efforts of Community Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC), which provide seed money to institutions of higher learning to encourage and help them reach out to distressed local communities. The COPC program provides 3-year grants of up to $400,000 to encourage institutions of higher education to join in partnerships with their communities. Chapter 1 introduces some basic concepts and describes the development of the COPC program. Chapter 2 describes the maturation of the COPC program and its evolution and institutionalization within the universities and the communities. Chapter 3 depicts the involvement of institutions of higher education with their community partners on many revitalization issues through service provision, curriculum, community in the classroom, and applied research activities. Examples describe many of the ways in which COPC grantees are contributing to the renewal of urban areas. These 26 vignettes profile in-progress activities of COPC grantees and illustrate how the program is continuing to evolve and spread. Chapter 4 characterizes major institutional changes taking place in COPC programs that ensure continued university-community partnerships in community revitalization. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University Partnerships Clearinghouse, Rockville, MD.; Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC. Office of Policy Development and Research.