College Town Resource Center

A 14 City-University-Convention Bureau Collaboration
The power of partnership can extend beyond your university and city borders. Learn how this collaboration came to be and the value of pursuing similar alliances.
A Campus-community Coalition to Control Alcohol-related Problems off Campus
The authors report on the effects of a university and community coalition in preventing problems related to college students’ off-campus drinking.
A Matter of Degree: Binge Drinking at Colleges and Universities
The 1993 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study of more than 17,000 students at 140 four-year colleges found that 44 percent of students surveyed were binge drinkers. This resulted in the launch of an initiative called A Matter of Degree.
A Tale of Two Campuses Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Service in Campus Communities
The University of Colorado and the University of Oregon each have a history of implementing large scale student days of service in their local communities. Presenters share the goals, objectives and outcomes for these events as well as the challenges and successes these collaborations create.
A Tale of Two Cities; Patrolling the Neighborhood – Education, Enforcement and Building Community
Georgetown University and Boston College provide services to the students and surrounding community members after regular operating hours. Learn how these programs not only support the mission of the institution, but also how it supports quality of life issues in the neighborhood.
Achieving Mutual Success Through High-Touch and High-Tech Engagement
This action lab explores engagement best practices and allows attendees to engage via a Twitter Town Hall and a gallery walk of case studies covering educational issues in communities around the country.
ACT San Marcos: The Evolution of Solutions
Learn how the city/university collaboration, Achieving Community Together (ACT) San Marcos, evolved from a traditional to innovative response mechanism, incorporating individual and community core values.
ACT: Achieving Community Together
Achieving Community Together (ACT) is a collaborative effort between the City of San Marcos and Texas State University to reduce common sources of conflict in a university town: noise, parking, trash and upkeep of rental property.
Addressing Campus Neighborhood Livability Issues through Partnerships in Education and Enforcement
In 2011 a task force of neighbors, city staff, University of Oregon staff, students and property managers recommended a number of strategies to improve neighborhood livability in the residential areas surrounding the university campus.
Alcohol Expectancies, Pregaming, Drinking Games, and Hazardous Alcohol Use in a Multiethnic Sample of College Students
This study examines how alcohol expectancies and the valuations of these expectancies are associated with frequency of pre-gaming, drinking game participation, and hazardous alcohol use.
Alcohol Management: A joint effort between the City of Warrensburg and the University of Central Missouri
In response to increased crime and violence, the City of Warrensburg collaborated with the University of Central Missouri to establish the Warrensburg Area Partners in Prevention (WAPIP) Alcohol Management Program.
Alcohol Policies on College Campuses
This study examines alcohol policies on select college campuses.
Alcohol Related Aggression during College Years: Theories, Risk Factors and Policy Implications
The purpose of this article is to present an overview of the research literature on alcohol-related aggression with a focus on college students.
America's Urban Campus: Chicago a Global Academic Hub
A recently released economic and social impact report by America’s Urban Campus, with funding from The Chicago Community Trust, makes the case for the collective strength and impact of Chicago’s higher education sector.
America's Urban Campus: The Economic, Social and Cultural Contributions of Chicago's Colleges and Universities
A group of 17 of Chicago’s largest higher education institutions, representing 216,000 students, formed a coalition called America’s Urban Campus (AUC) to collaborate on a range of initiatives.
An Effective Intergovernmental Agreement and Tiered Intervention Strategies for Off-Campus Behavior
Alcohol, parties and noise…the age old town-gown issue. This presentation will discuss how the IGA is operationalized and how university staff from conduct and off-campus services, town staff from police and inspections, and landlords partner in this process.
An Introduction to Campus Planning: Insights and Opportunities
An overview of campus planning by the APA.
Arts & Economic Prosperity
The economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences
Beer, Bikes, Bingo, Bedpans and Be the Difference
MU's president and Harley-Davidson's CEO convened the leaders of the area's major employers, resulting in the formation of the Near West Side Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing the neighborhood, with a special focus on economic development, housing, safety, and neighborhood identity and branding.
Belmont University Supplier Diversity Pilot Program – Developing capacity and commitment in Nashville
The program underscores Belmont’s commitment to diversity and cultural inclusion in Nashville.
Best Practices in Economic Development: Lessons from Communities like Williamstown
EDC's "best practices" working group complied a list of comparable communities with a heavy emphasis on New York and the New England States.
Best Practices In Nurturing Strong Relationships For Economic Development
Practices and strategies to develop strong relationships for economic development.
Binge Drinking and The America College Student: What's Five Drinks?
The use of the term binge drinking and the 5/4 measure have helped advance the understanding of college alcohol use over the past 10 years. The article discusses the importance, relevance, and utility of this measure.
Blacksburg, VA Questionaire What Kind of Neighbor Are You
A questionnaire designed to help determine the characteristics of a good neighbor in off-campus living.
Blurring the Borders between Campus and Community: How the Creation of a Town-Gown Committee Leads to Shared Success
The creation of the Town Gown Steering Committee was a historic effort by the Town of Amherst and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. By engaging a large number of stakeholders in the process, the group has catalyzed a cultural shift in an oft-strained relationship by working together to create a mutually beneficial future.
Bowling Green Improvement Plan: Meeting the Needs of Today and Tomorrow
This plan includes three key ideas: Competition, Limited Resources and Goal Orientation and presents important steps for making real, effective, overdue and affordable improvements to the Bowling Green community.
Bridge Over Troubled Waters: How to Share Stories Druing Tense Times
Panelists will discuss the "tense times" that led to a multi-campus initiative and the engagement of an outside expert, Econsult Solutions, to tell the universities' collective story in the best light.
Bridging the Gap: How a Student Housing Overlay District Can Span Differences between Renters and Residents, Campus and Community
"Bridging the Gap" illustrates how a city-imposed Student Housing Overlay District restricted the number of student rentals around a campus and dramatically slowed the conversion of owner-occupied housing to student rental housing.
Brockport Town Gown Committee
The College at Brockport State University of New York and the Village of Brockport developed a new Town Gown Committee. See a summary of the work they are accomplishing together.
Building Partnerships with College Campuses: Community Perspectives
This study examines town gown relations from a community perspective.
Building Strategy for Campus Relations: The Building Blocks, The Partners, and The Successes
Learn how one higher education institution changed its outlook on community/campus relations, how they strategized a corporate wide approach, and the successes and budget savvy ideas they have had related to campus relations across 50 different campuses.
Building Successful University-Business Partnerships
Fifty-eight young scientists from nearly 50 countries gathered at the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Summer Davos meeting in Tianjin, China, in September to discuss the promotion of successful university-business partnerships.
Bursting the Campus Bubble: Transforming Perceptions and Building Student-Community Partner Relationships through the KC Immersion Program
The Kansas City Immersion program at Rockhurst University addresses the need for students to develop a deeper understanding for better interpersonal relations with neighbors in adjoining neighborhoods and communities as well as developing an understanding of local social justice issues.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Stokes The Local Economy-and More
A economic impact study released by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Campus 2.0: A New Approach to University-City Partnerships
This presentation shares a new model for town-gown planning that is called Campus 2.0.
Campus and Community Evidence-based Solutions to Underage and Harmful Drinking Prevention
Every two years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking to educate communities about underage drinking and mobilize them around prevention.
Campus Drinking: How a Party School Sobered Up by Rick Hampson, USA Today
Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter has made his campus a national model through his attempts to moderate excessive student underage drinking
Campus Master Planning: From Public Review to Public Benefits
University officials, a representative from the District of Columbia Office of Planning, a developer, and neighbor discuss the evolving process and network of relationships that can result in an authentic town-gown synergy beneficial to both the academy and the community.
City of Bowling Green, Ohio Improvement Plan
This report shares how Bowling Green is moving forward by addressing three key ideas: Competition, Limited resources and Goal orientation.
City of Seattle Urban Design Framework
This study summarizes recommendations that emerged from community dialogue about the future of the U District.
City of Sioux Falls Ordinance on Rental Housing
The purpose of this subchapter is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the city by requiring permit and registration of rental housing units.
City of Toronto Rooming House Review
The issues facing rooming houses can be categorized into three interrelated categories: the stock, the tenant population, and the broader community. Issues facing the community relate to real or perceived impact of rooming houses and how rooming houses fit in with the fabric of existing neighborhoods.
Clemson University & City of Clemson - A Case Study in Collaboration
Learn about numerous initiatives that highlight the long-standing partnerships between the city and university in terms of law enforcement, public transportation and sustainability, and the implications for alcohol, drugs, and off-campus parties.
Clemson University Gameday
The Clemson University Unified Command Team mobilizes and integrates all resources necessary to conduct a safe, organized and coordinated event before, during and after every home football game.
Closing the Loop: Georgetown University
This powerpoint explains how Georgetown University provides resources to connect students, neighbors and the community.
Collaboration Corvallis Workgroup Recommendation Summary
This document describes the partnership objectives, recommendations and outcomes in the following categories: Neighborhood Livability and Planning, and Parking and Traffic.
College Alcohol Abuse: A Review of the Problems, Issues and Prevention Approaches
Underage drinking and alcohol abuse by college students are of major concern both for the individuals and for those living in the campus community. This paper reviews the extent of the problem and the immediate and long term health and social outcomes of binge drinking.
College Park Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Work Group
Learn about the City of College Park’s Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Work Group and their priorities and initiatives.
College Town Annual Progress Report 2.0
This report highlights partnerships and joint initiatives between Weber State University and Ogden City
College Town Initiative Charter
This Charter was created by a team from Weber State University and Ogden City after completing the ITGA Certificate Program. The Charter established structure for considering initiatives and was adopted by the University, Mayor and City Council.
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