Content with Disciplines : Urban Planning

Involving urban planning, social work, and public health faculty members in the civic renewal of the research university

What are some strategies for involving urban planning, social work, and public health faculty members in the civic renewal of the research university? At a time when citizens have “disengaged from democracy,” and universities have deemphasized their civic mission, this article examines ways in which these faculty members might join together and formulate strategies which complement their shared professional and public purposes on campus and in the community. Checkoway, B. (2008). Involving urban planning, social work, and public health faculty members in the civic renewal of the research university. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 27(4), 507-511.

The City of St. Paul e-governance project

Students in the electronic publication program help review and upgrade a city web site, make recommendations on improvements, and produce a prototype model for the City.

The Urban Teacher Education Program

The Urban Teacher Education Program, where MCTC students enrolled in an AA degree program with a focus on urban education are given exposure in real classrooms at the elementary, middle and secondary school levels. These service-learning experiences occur in many urban schools across the Twin Cities area. Website

PAR Project: Regis University

This project focused on a lower-income, ethnically diverse, inner-city neighborhood of Denver, Colorado and utilized a variety of strategies to involve neighborhood residents in research on youth cultures, youth crime, and police and judicial responses to youthful offenders. First, the project drew upon existing campus-based community service programs in the neighborhood to create research teams, which conducted in-depth interviews with neighborhood youth and other residents, neighborhood community leaders and activists, and local police officers in order to uncover perceptions and concerns about youth and youth crime. Information from these interviews will in turn provide directions for subsequent research. In this…

PAR Project: U-Mass Boston

Members of the Riverside Community Neighborhood Watch in Cambridge and eight College of Public and Community Service students, working under the supervision of an associate professor of Community Planning, worked collaboratively on a PAR project from September 1993 until June 1994. A community needs and resouces assessment carried out in the fall of 1994 formed the basis for developing a strategic plan to meet communtiy goals. The focus was issues of community building and safety, especially concentrating on the needs for youth. In addition to producing realistic implementation plans for community action, the project emphasized a planning process designed to…

The Great River Greening Project: urban land restoration projects

The Great River Greening Project, a non-profit community-based organization, where biology students will participate in urban land restoration projects. This project is paired with the “”Race to Save the Planet”” learning community, an integration of the Environmental Science, Ethics, and Environment, Politics and Society courses into one interdisciplinary course. The Great River Greening Project

Urban Communities course

For two decades now, students at Augsburg College have known that Garry Hesser s courses were different. Students who took them weren t asked just to know the material, they were asked to study it in the community. By following a semester of one of Dr. Hesser s courses entitled, Urban Communities, we can draw a picture of a high-quality curricular service-learning experience. In order to learn about urban communities, Professor Hesser tells students on their first day of class, you will use the community as your laboratory. Students are pleased to hear this, many of them having enrolled because…

Citizenship and Neighborhood Development

In cooperation with the newly created Neighborhood Development Program in Waco, Texas, Baylor University developed a course that provided an opportunity for students to work with new organizations to confront neighborhood problems and to design and implement solutions. Baylor’s Civic Education and Community Service Office offered “”Citizenship and Neighborhood Development,”” in which students discussed literature in order to ground their community service experiences in a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms of local change.

Office for the Community Agenda: a model of campus support for community engagement

One of the clearest signs that an idea is valued on campus is that it has its own office. Just a few years ago, campuses with designated offices for community service were the exception. Today, they are the rule, with the vast majority of Campus Compact member institutions reporting that they have a centralized office for community service-learning on campus. Some of these centers focus on providing support to student service projects. Others provide support to faculty service-learning efforts. Still others focus on their relationship with the community. The Office for the Community Agenda based at the Maricopa Community Colleges…

Partnership with the Stone Soup Project

With a handful of volunteers and a $50 budget, what was to become “”Stone Soup”” of Fresno, California, started in 1992 with a simple summer recreation program. The goal was to address the many serious problems which confronted the El Dorado Park neighborhood in Fresno, California. This two-block square area, less than 1 mile west of California State University, Fresno, is home to about 7,000 people, many from Southeast Asian refugee backgrounds. The residents of this area face a number of issues, including high unemployment and poverty, language barriers, illiteracy, gang and crime problems, and low academic performance. Stone Soup…

Interdisciplinary Action Research program

Macalester College is making a concentrated, multi-faceted effort to develop long term partnerships with East metro community organizations in order to enhance neighborhood capacity building, strengthen the academic and civic education for students, and deepen the engagement of faculty with local communities. Macalester’s action research initiative on the East Side of St. Paul utilizes various college resources including academic teaching and research, off-campus student employment, and a co-curricular student volunteer program that involves nearly half of the student body annually. What Is Action Research? Action research involves students, faculty and community members to work collaboratively on research that has been…

SEBRA South-East Brainerd Residents Association: becoming part of the neighborhood

In order for any organization, institution, or person to be a part of solving a community s problems, that group has to know, understand, and be a part of the community. Higher education is no exception. As illustrated in the story of Central Lakes Community College in Brainerd, Minnesota, when an institution establishes genuine relationships with the members of its surrounding community, only then can it become an engaged campus. Since the day three years ago when Central Lakes first ventured into the South-East Brainerd community, the college has become an integral part of the neighborhood. Central Lakes has helped…

Public Service Scholar Program

Established in 1982, the Public Service Scholar Program introduces up to 24 Hunter College students each year to careers in public service. Participants are selected each spring for the coming academic year. Selection is competitive based on interest, academic achievement, experience, communications skills, and maturity. Women and minorities, who traditionally have been under-represented in public policy-making positions, are especially encouraged to apply. The program combines a year-long internship of twenty hours a week in a public or non-profit agency with two seminars on issues important to the future of New York City. Special events such as tours, guest lectures, and…

Center for the Study of Los Angeles: understanding the urban experience

Focused on undergraduate education, the Center uses Los Angeles as a laboratory for understanding the urban experience. Among its projects are: 1) the development of a Research Collection which documents the development of Los Angeles, particularly since 1900;   2) an Institute for Leadership Studies which coordinates student internships focused on public service;   3) a Lecture Series which brings to the campus Los Angeles leaders in politics, ethnic relations, real estate development, and education;   4) a Community Studies Program which conducts opinion polls on such issues as city charter reform, local ballot initiatives, public expenditure for sports, and…

East St. Louis research project

When faculty from the University of Illinois first came to East St. Louis in 1987, residents had a simple message for them: Go back home. They had seen faculty before; they had been studied and analyzed and reported on in academic literature. They had seen their forgotten city turned into a national symbol of weakness and urban waste, with stories on national television of police using pay phones because they didn t have radios and of the city renting city hall because they couldn t afford to own it. In 1990 Ken Reardon, an associate professor in urban and regional…

Union-Schenectady Initiative (USI): revitalizing the surrounding neighborhoods

In October 1998, Union College announced the Union-Schenectady Initiative (USI), a broad-based plan to invest $10 million in a declining neighborhood to the west of campus. The Initiative is designed to revitalize the target neighborhood by offering homeownership incentives and by the development/enhancement of community resources. USI enhances the College s competitive position by expanding housing options for students, faculty and staff, and by beautifying the area surrounding the west border of campus. The Initiative is a partnership that strengthens the relationship between Union College and the City of Schenectady now and into the future. For the City, a Schenectady…