Building Community/University Partnerships

Drake University and Trinity College

Posted December 21, 2000
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Center for the Study of Social Policy
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Based on a Making Connections peer technical assistance match, this report describes the learnings from a gathering between Iowa’s Drake University and Connecticut’s Trinity College on how to improve university-community partnerships. Through peer exchanges, both schools identified key issues and lessons that could be addressed moving forward. Drake and Des Moines team members were also able to draft next steps toward strengthening their surrounding communities. 

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Key Takeaway

Community-University partnerships can be strengthened by peer technical assistance.

When schools of higher education team up, it strengthens the discourse on community improvement. By working with Trinity instead of alone, Drake University gained insight into what types of initiatives are most effective and appropriate to implement locally.