Does place still matter? The future of higher education depends on vibrant local communities

Colleges and universities were founded with civic purposes. Today, the missions of every type of institution of higher education still call upon campuses to serve those larger purposes. And yet, as Ira Harkavy, director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, poignantly asks: “If the American higher educational system is really so great, why does American society have such great and growing problems?”

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