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Summer 2012


Urban universities and colleges -- United States, Research institutes, University cooperation


Like other efforts at institutional restructuring or innovation, the full-flowering of the modern urban university is a work in progress. Whether we can identify a formula for success, or not, remains to be seen. Nonetheless, universities are moving ahead to design and implement a wide range of university-community linkages and, in the process, are generating new insights into the extent to which universities and communities can substantively join in common purpose. This paper reports on the experience at Portland State University with the creation and first six years of operation of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies.


A paper by Ethan Seltzer, from the Summer 1999 issue of Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum.