Maintaining healthy town/gown relations enhances campus life and generally makes the institutional mission easier to achieve. In recent years, however, community college officials are finding that efforts must go beyond providing cultural venues that locals can access.
Working with community leaders improves the outlook for everyone, says Maureen Curley, president of Campus Compact, a national coalition of college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. “If you have good schools and a safe area, then they are more apt to attract students.”
Read on to see some examples of how assisting the community benefits the institution, as well.