Monday, March 12, 2018

Higher Education Institutions and Memphis Schools Collaborate to Enhance Student Success

The Memphis Commercial Appeal published, "As more colleges partner with SCS, lines between lower, higher education blur in Memphis," with an overview of extensive collaborations formed by the Shelby County Schools and five area institutions of higher education. 

Reporter Jennifer Pignolet interviewed a number of Memphis educators and describes a sincere willingness among higher education leaders to work together and strengthen the county school system.  She notes that initiatives range from dual enrollment offerings and tutoring to full partnership with the Shelby County Schools to operate schools. Pignolet highlights the contributions of Christian Brothers University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Rhodes College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and the University of Memphis.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

How do you change transitory nature of a college town?

The website posted an article by Justin Henry, "How does Tompkins County retain talent from local colleges?"  Henry interviewed a number of campus and community leaders seeking to alter the transitory image of the county population by better understanding changes in labor demographics and student migration patterns.  Henry notes that while Tompkins County is home to both Cornell University and Ithaca College with combined enrollments of over 27,400 students, the workforce appears to be aging and a high percentage of graduates leave the county.  Tompkins Cortland Community College enrolls an additional 2,800 students.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Focus on the Arts in Berea, KY brings Rewards

The Next City website offers an interesting post on Berea, KY, "The Appalachian City That Raised Its Taxes and Grew."  Ivy Brashear interviewed business owners and city leaders to feature Berea's efforts designed to expand economic opportunities.  Brashear notes that, "The little town that sprung up around Berea College — one of the first fully integrated colleges in the South — has journeyed a good many years to reach its current status: a rare growing, thriving city in a region that’s confronting steep population decline and rising rates of joblessness..."  She provides a detailed overview of various initiatives over the past few decades and how resources have been invested by the community to create a vibrant arts sector.

Brashear works for the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development and offers insight into involvement of the group.
She also highlights work of the AIR Institute at Berea College that serves as a resource for artists, businesses and communities by providing tools, resources, and support to learn, connect, and succeed.  These activities link the creativity of the arts with the innovation of business to raise the value of arts and creativity.
Berea College has a long history of community involvement and is also home to the Brushy Fork Institute.  The institute has partnered with Central Appalachian communities and organizations for over three decades to provide leadership training, organizational development workshops, and technical assistance.  Individuals and organizations acquire the skills needed to implement effective community-based capacity building efforts 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bard and Brooklyn Public Library Featured for Microcollege Partnership

Inside Higher Ed posted "A College in the Library," with reporting by Grace Bird on a Bard College / Brooklyn Public Library partnership to offer a pathway to higher education for disadvantaged students.  The first cohort of students enrolled in January 2018.  

You can also visit the Library Journal for an article by Lisa Peet, "Bard and Brooklyn Public Library Partner for Microcollege."
The initiative extends Bard's microcollege model that it has evolved from its successful Prison Initiative and Bard Microcollege Holyoke that serves low income, single mothers.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The University of Detroit Mercy: Working with Neighbors to Enhance Quality of Life

Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education posted a thought provoking article on February 9, 2018, "Being a Neighbor in the Hood: Difficult Conversations to Envision a New Neighborhood," authored by Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. of the University of Detroit Mercy.

Sunghera describes a number of initiatives involving the university and other partners to enhance communities and neighborhoods.  He place particular emphasis on what has been learned through conversations with residents of surrounding neighborhoods through the Live6 Alliance, a non-profit economic development organization begun in 2015 with funding from The Kresge Foundation.  Live6 was created to spur economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for residents of northwest Detroit.
In common with many higher education institutions, students are actively involved in neighborhoods through participation in a wide variety of service-learning activities.  The University of DetroitMercy also has a lengthy historical commitment to providing services through numerous "…academic-based clinics, serving over 30,000 people annually with free or reduced cost for medical, dental, law, and counseling services…"  It is interesting that the university also operates a nonprofit architectural firm. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Is Rapid City a College Town or a Town with a College?

KOTA News posted a short video, "College town or town with a college?" on February 1, 2018.  Reporter Rachel Ryan interviewed Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender, several business owners, and Jim Rankin, president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  The segment highlights efforts to change the image of Rapid City. 
The School of Mines enrolls roughly 2,800 students and Rapid City has a population just under 75,000 people.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

An Exploration of Recent Changes in State College, PA

The Daily Collegian, an independent student publication, published an interesting article by Allison Moody, "The ever-changing landscape of State College: 'No longer a sleepy Pennsylvania town'" on February 8, 2018.  

Moody explores recent changes in State College, PA in response to changing interests of students and community members.  She notes that many in many respects the college town is taking on more urban characteristics as the population grows.