This study, prepared by Anderson Economic Group for America’s Urban Campus provides detailed information on the students and graduates of Chicago’s higher education institutions and a “footprint” of the economic effect of the higher education enterprise on the city and the region.
Chicago’s universities and colleges built and opened an unprecedented number of new and renovated facilities to serve students and faculty teaching and research over the period from 2014-2019.
In response to the rising tide of violence experienced in Chicago’s neighborhoods in 2016 and 2017, America’s Urban Campus institutions collaborated to identify many programs run by universities in collaboration with neighborhood organizations and schools to address these difficult issues. This snapshot includes many but not all such programs and was published to promote new partnerships across the neighborhoods and demonstrate the activity underway by the universities.
One Hundred AUC institution faculty, students, staff and community partners gathered at Roosevelt University to discuss the underlying causes of violence and the role of higher education in partnering to develop solutions. Their work came from the deep concern of AUC university leadership for the continuing cycle of violence in the city that affected so many of Chicago’s neighborhoods and youth. AUC has worked over several years to implement the ideas developed at the workshop.