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Urban and Metropolitan Universities: The Transformative Power of Anchor Institutions

Mobilizing anchor institutions Centering community and place

‘Urban and Metropolitan Universities: The Transformative Power of Anchor Institutions’ focuses on the role of urban and metropolitan universities as anchor institutions in their community to address long standing inequities. Anchor institutions are nonprofit or public institutions that are rooted in place. These institutions have a mission to serve and are the largest employers and purchaser of goods and services in many communities. Also, they have other assets and capacities that can be leveraged to support reciprocal community development, including local hiring, procurement, and investment practices. Anchor mission strategies involve the entire university, including the business, community partnership, administrative, research and academic divisions.

Metropolitan Universities journal (MUJ) is the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ quarterly online journal. This special issue, guest edited by The Democracy Collaborative’s Emily Sladek, is an initiative of TDC and CUMU’s Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative.

Issue contents:

The Transformative Power of Anchor Institutions
Emily Sladek

Developing the Student Anchor Engagement Framework  
Jennifer Johnson Kebea

Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity: Applying the Lean Startup Methodology to Build a Financially Sustainable Anchor Collaborative
Mariya Khandros

Aligning Equity, Engagement, and Social Innovation in Anchor Initiatives  
Esteban del Rio, John Loggins

Building Capacity as Anchor Institutions:  Infrastructure, Structure, and Strategy
Kristin Elise Norris, H. Anne Weiss

Considering the Anchor Mission Strategy within the Competing “Regimes” of Higher Education Community Engagement  
Daniel Bergen, Emily Sladek

Purpose-Driven Partnerships That Transform People and Places: Cal State LA’s Anchor Mission  
Jose Gomez, Zuhey Espinoza, Raphael Sonenshein, Henry Fuhrmann

Publication date: 2019-01-31
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