Town / Gown

A Tale of Three Cities: Transforming River Mill Cities into New Age Collegetowns

Here's how these institutions are enhancing urban life

So, what do the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, the State University of New York at Binghamton and Berkshire Community College have in common? If you are searching for an answer, just consider the role higher learning has played in the transformation of America's river mill cities into contemporary collegetowns.

Programs for ELL

Integrating immigrants into the community

Election years always tend to revive the debate surrounding immigration policy. What is often forgotten is that many people with a foreign accent arrived here through proper channels. Community colleges are working to help integrate them in their new homes.

"Everyone has heard of the immigrant doctor who is driving a taxi," says Teresita Wisell, associate dean of the Gateway Center at Westchester Community College (N.Y.). "We want to help them navigate the process to help them use their education."

Student Ambassador Programs: A Hidden Resource

Saving money, earning reputations

In today's difficult economy, colleges and universities are suffering like they never have before. Fundraising levels have dropped dramatically, and the amount donated annually by supporters is roughly half of what it was a few years ago. Endowments are suffering, which impacts schools' ability to support students and programs. In addition, with federal and state budget cuts also running rampant, faculty and staff are being laid off, regardless of their credentials and ability.

North Hall and Pedestrian Underpass at Montgomery County Community College

Expanding a campus, making downtown accessible

An art gallery with exposed brick walls displays works by faculty, students, alumni and local artists and has become a gathering spot for both the college and broader community.

Montgomery County Community College (Pa.) and the broader community benefit from adaptive reuse.

Universities Go to School

Expanding missions and the charter school movement bring research institutions into the K-12 arena.

Over the past two years, Arizona State University has opened two new schools at its campuses in the Phoenix area. But these educational additions are not training future social workers, lawyers, or business executives. They'll be turning out qualified future college students, many of whom—ASU officials hope—will populate the state's universities years from now.

Expansion, without the Red Tape

City officials can help—or hinder—a campus expansion plan. Here's how to make sure they're on board with your proposal.
 

LONG BEFORE ANY GROUND was broken on $60 million in renovation and new construction projects at Trine University (Ind.) some three years ago, officials at the school were building something far more important: relationships.

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