How One College Went ‘All In’ in Its Neighborhood
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Educational opportunity is vital to a thriving city. And while entrepreneurial Portland, Oregon, is doing well in many respects, some neighborhoods, as anywhere, are down and out. That’s especially true on the north side, near old industrial sites, where the population is less white and Concordia University, a private liberal-arts institution, for years shared a corner with a rundown elementary and middle school.
That geography led the university and local school system to come together with several companies and foundations to plan a new school. The idea was to put—under one roof—students in kindergarten through eighth grade, the university’s college of education, an early-childhood center, a medical and dental clinic, a low-cost food club, and other services for students and their families.