Thursday, July 19, 2018

Historic Preservation at Flagler College Shapes St. Augustine

Colleen Jones reports in "How Flagler College's legacy of historic preservation has shaped St. Augustine." It is an interesting article from The St. Augustine Record and focuses on Flagler College’s preservation efforts over the years that have reached approximately $62 million for restoration, rehabilitation and renovation.  

Those with an interest in reading more about Flagler College can check several posts from the Small College Garden and College History Garden blogs:

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Comparing Sarasota / Bradenton in Florida with Cambridge, MA

Don O'Shea, president of the New College of Florida wrote an interesting column for SRQ Magazine comparing the college towns of Sarasota/Bradenton and Cambridge, MA.  

The column also provides an overview of the Cross College Alliance, a consortium of higher education institutions along the west coast of Florida that includes: FSU—Ringling, the arts campus of Florida State University; a regional comprehensive university, the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee; a nationally ranked liberal arts college, New College of Florida; a nationally ranked arts and technical college, Ringling College of Art & Design, and an excellent former community college, the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

Choose Tallahassee: Marketing the Benefits of a College Town

Tallahassee, FL and a marketing initiative, Choose Tallahassee, are featured in "A Florida City Wants More Retirees, and Is Going After Them" from The New York Times on June 8, 2018.  Reporter Elizabeth Olson interviewed a number of people retiring to Tallahassee to identify some of their reasons for relocating.  She also describes key features of the city's strategy for building off the benefits of Florida State University, Florida A & M, and Tallahassee Community College with 66,000 students to differentiate Tallahassee from other college towns like Athens, GA, or Tuscaloosa, AL and from other well known Florida cities.
The Choose Tallahassee website includes more information on affordable housing options, access to healthcare, and opportunities for recreation, culture, dining and other aspects of living in the city.
There is also a link back to an earlier Times article, "College Towns Can Be Attractive Later in Life," with reporting by Amy Zipkin on November 25, 2016.  Zipkin interviewed a number of retirees relocating in college towns to identify some of their reasons for moving.  College towns mentioned in the article include: Fredericksburg, VA and the College of William & Mary, Ithaca, NY with Cornell and Ithaca College, Asheville, NC and the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Oxford, MS with the University of Mississippi.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Glassboro, NJ and Rowan University See Rewards from Shared Conversation and Planning

There was an interesting article this week in The New York Times focusing on Rowan University and the community of Glassboro, NJ, "New Jersey Town and University Bridge Their Divide, and Both Reap a Reward."  Reporter Jon Hurdle interviewed a long-time resident and borough administrator along with several business people and portrays a number of positive changes over the past couple of decades as the Rowan and Glassboro worked together.  

Rowan University was founded in 1923 as New Jersey State Normal School at Glassboro. The name changed several times...initially to New Jersey State Teachers College at Glassboro and then to Glassboro State College in 1958. It became Rowan College of New Jersey in 1992 and Rowan University in 1997.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

University of Toronto creates new School of Cities

The University of Toronto announced the creation of a new School of Cities to address the challenges and opportunities of urban areas.  The School of Cities will focus efforts of several hundred faculty members from more than forty academic units are already involved in urban centered research. The announcement includes a short YouTube video, "Introducing the University of Toronto School of Cities."



You can also visit the School of Cities website to sign up for updates or learn more about the initiative.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Small-town University Impacts Community it Serves

MinnPost published, "The Bemidji State bump: How one small-town university buoys the local economy," by Gregg Aamot on April 2, 2018.  Aamot interviewed a number of people and reviewed a variety of economic data to assess the impact of Bemidji State University with enrollment of 5,200 students on Bemidji, MN where it is located.  He indicates the common theme from conversations and data is that the university impacts the quality of life and bolsters the economy.  

Aamot notes that while many small towns and rural areas have lost population, Bemidji has seen consistent modest growth since 1980.  He also indicates that this same pattern can be seen in other Minnesota towns that host private or public higher education institutions.

You can also read a previous College Towns & University Cities blog post, Monday, December 18, 2017, College Students Impact Poverty Rates in Small College Towns, highlighting a study by The Minneapolis Star Tribune published an interesting article by Mary Jo Webster analyzing poverty rates in the smaller college towns of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Perspectives on Higher Education and the Cities they Serve in Three Recent Articles

Bloomberg View featured three posts by Noah Smith over the past few weeks assessing economic development efforts in several cities. Smith effectively incorporates data in his writing and his analysis raises useful questions for those interested in the interrelationships between higher education institutions and the cities they serve. 



Pittsburgh Shows the Way to a Rust Belt Rebound: The Steel City promoted its leading university, robotics and the arts to attract younger educated workers. February 13, 2018. Smith notes that while Pittsburgh's recovery is relatively modest, there are signs that its economy is performing better than similar cities like Cleveland or Milwaukee.



Maybe Cities Don’t Need Tech Hubs to Succeed: Minneapolis has found a different way to make it in the modern economy. February 28, 2018. Smith highlights an idea articulated by Myles Shaver of the Carlson School of Management that Minneapolis-St. Paul benefit from a critical mass of managerial talent.



How Universities Make Cities Great: It’s not just about education. March 6, 2018. Smith contrasts recent economic performance of Cleveland and Pittsburgh. He argues that differing approaches taken by universities may offer an explanation for relatively better economic growth in Pittsburgh.