This engagement guide is intended to provide readers with information that will help them
as they work to build sustainable community-university partnerships. It focuses on urban
partnerships, and is largely based on our experiences over several years in building
community-university working teams to help address issues central to the vitality of our partner
communities. The work was part of broad efforts by the University of Minnesota to develop
sustainable partnerships with urban communities. Although our examples and focus are urban,
the learnings and processes should apply as well to non-urban issues, for rural and small town
areas are facing many of the same issues as urban and metropolitan areas, and principles of
partnership development transcend settings. The work engages faculty and professional staff
who bring their conceptual perspectives and methods and tools to address the issues. But it
also involves students, for today’s college students will need skills to address urban and other
challenges as they move through their careers.
The contents of this document were developed largely under grant #P116B070062, from
the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of
Education. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department
of Education, and endorsement of the Federal Government should not be assumed.
Maruyama, Geoffrey; Adams, Martin; Gebauer, Hilary; Kawase, Maki; Sheldon, Timothy; Upadhyay, Bhaskar; Jones, Robert.
Building Community-University Partnerships: Learnings from Practice for Institutions and Individuals Engaged in Urban and Other Partnerships.
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