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ERIC Number: EJ912060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1946-7109
An Added Dimension of Mission: Metropolitan Colleges and Universities
Soo, David
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v8 n1 p35-40 Fall 2010
One of the hallmarks of the American system of higher education is its diversity: there are more than 4,000 institutions of varying sizes, types, and purposes. Unlike centrally planned systems, the American higher education landscape is a tapestry of institutions--public and private, selective and open-access--each with a distinct mission and purpose. This diversity has long been recognized as leading to the strength and character of American higher education. Few colleges or universities see themselves as ivory towers, separated entirely from the world beyond their walls. However, different institutions negotiate their relationships with external communities differently, and there are myriad ways that universities and communities are engaged with one another. This article seeks to illustrate the way in which one diverse group of institutions--known as "metropolitan colleges and universities"--attempts to form intentional and mutual relationships with their communities. The universities in this group go far beyond service activities in their neighborhoods or community partnerships; they seek broad-based interactions and missions that are responsive to the needs of their cities and regions. This article outlines the diversity of American higher education, explores the concept of university mission, and examines the engagement of two of the metropolitan universities. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Ohio