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ERIC Number: EJ822628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-28
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
At Temple University, the City Is the Classroom
Moran, Caitlin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n14 pA1 Nov 2008
This article reports that Temple University, like several other urban institutions, has revamped its core curriculum to focus on its location. The "Creative Spirit" course, which fills the university's arts requirement, is one of about 30 courses in Temple's new core curriculum that are taking students off the campus and into the heart of Philadelphia this semester. The idea of place-based learning has been in practice for decades, but the breadth and formality of Temple's new approach sets it apart. Temple started its program, called the Philadelphia Experience, this fall. Before that, university officials had been hearing from a growing number of students that Temple's urban location was a major draw. For years, the university's institutional research office had been surveying new students about why they chose Temple. In 2007, 61 percent of its 4,500 new students said Temple's "location in a large city" was a "very important positive factor" in their choice--up from 49 percent in 2000 and just 41 percent in 1997. As many cities expand their cultural offerings, urban universities like Temple are working to formally outline how they interact with their communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania