Urban Settings, Higher Education in

Higher education in urban settings describes the relationship between postsecondary educational institutions and the urban settings in which they have been created. Once thought to be not conducive to successful attainment of a college education, cities have, since the turn of the 20th century, become the preeminent sites for a range of public and private colleges and universities. Cities and universities now exist in a complex symbiotic relationship, which is further discussed in this entry.

The Rural and the Urban in Relation to Higher Education

The exact definition of what is considered “urban” (and, thus, what rightly can be considered higher education in urban settings) is a fluid one. The U.S. Census Bureau, for example, defined “urban,” beginning in 1790, as any city or town with a ...

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