University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Foundational Role of Universities as Anchor Institutions in Urban Development

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Health
In the past quarter century, universities have committed themselves to greater engagement in their communities. They are increasingly seen as "anchor" institutions - whose physical presence is integral to the social, cultural, and economic wellbeing of the community. Urban-based universities in particular have recognized the many challenges facing their - and the nation's - cities. Understanding that their fortunes are tied in part to those of their neighbors and physical surroundings, many have expanded their efforts to engage new partners and address pressing community issues. In the process, they are broadening the education of students, improving neighborhoods and cities, helping strengthen other anchor institutions, and informing and advancing the larger society.

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