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ERIC Number: EJ1061216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0742-5627
A Tale of Three Cities: Piloting a Measure of Effort and Comfort Levels within Town-Gown Relationships
Gavazzi, Stephen M.; Fox, Michael
Innovative Higher Education, v40 n3 p189-199 Jun 2015
This article extends the argument that scholarship on marriages and families provides invaluable insights into town-gown relationships. First, a four-square matrix constructed from the twin dimensions of effort and comfort levels is used to describe a typology of campus and community associations. Next the construction of the Optimal College Town Assessment (OCTA), a measure that contains items reflecting both the effort and comfort dimensions, is discussed. We offer an analysis of data from a pilot study utilizing the OCTA with a sample of 602 individuals employed in three communities surrounding the regional campus of a major university, with particular attention paid to variation as a function of distance from the campus. We include a discussion of the implications of the findings for assessment efforts targeting town-gown relationships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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