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Community Assistantship Program: Connecting the University with Greater Minnesota.

Siems, Monica.

During its first five years of operation, the Community Assistantship Program (CAP) at CURA has sponsored 120 applied research projects throughout the state that have linked faculty and students from the University of Minnesota with community organizations that require applied research assistance. This 5-year milestone provides an opportunity for the program's coordinator to reflect on CAP's history, mission, successes, and future challenges. The author describes how CAP projects typically work and discusses several projects that illustrate the various types of support CAP provides to organizations throughout Greater Minnesota. Drawing on testimony from community organizations, University faculty, and students who have participated in research projects through CAP, the author also highlights the many benefits of the community-university collaborations CAP makes possible: helping communities to achieve their goals, providing faculty the opportunity to broaden their research horizons, providing students with enriching real-world experiences, and helping the University of Minnesota to fulfill its land grant and outreach mission. The author concludes by discussing new collaborations, partnerships, and fundraising efforts being undertaken by CAP staff to ensure the program's long-term success.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
33 (2): 16-21.
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Reporter 33 (2)

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