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. 

December 21, 2000

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    A brief history of Drake University and Trinity College in the context of surrounding communities.

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    Key issues and lessons Trinity College learned from their Smart Neighborhood Initiative.

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    How Drake University can learn from the success of Trinity College’s community investment initiatives.

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    Participant reflections and commitments for moving forward.

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. 

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