Case Western Reserve University is in the Top 10 of "Saviors of Our Cities: A Survey of Best Neighbor College and University Civic Partnerships."
The survey results were recently announced at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities conference in Philadelphia.
The survey is an extension of Evan Dobelle's original survey and ranking of civically engaged colleges and universities that appeared in 2006. Dobelle is president of Westfield State College. The list's Top 25 academic institutions were selected because of their positive impact on their urban communities. Factors such as revitalization efforts, cultural renewal, economics and community service and development were considered.
Case Western Reserve's Center for Community Partnerships provided background materials highlighting dozens of academic, health-related and social service outreach programs. The university has more than 70 signature programs that impact nine local school districts; more than 80 health programs in coordination with local health agencies; and nearly 80 programs in partnership with 300 nonprofit agencies.
Dobelle says in the current U.S. economy, the relationship between colleges and universities and their local communities is "more important than ever. The positive financial impact of higher education on local communities is well documented. Increasingly, more sophisticated partnerships are emerging that are addressing complex issues such as homelessness and health care and are serving as catalysts for community change."
In addition to the Top 25 "Best Neighbor" colleges and universities, 100 other institutions are recognized on an Honor Roll. Read the complete survey.
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