Call for Proposals: Aligning the Metropolitan University with Business, Government, and the Nonprofit Sectors

Posted by on March 01, 2010

Call for Proposals

The 16th annual CUMU (Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities) conference, hosted by California State University, Fresno from October 24 to 26, 2010 will focus on “Aligning the Metropolitan University with Business, Government, and the Nonprofit Sectors.” This theme invites a broad discussion of the ways in which the key contributors to a dynamic and successful urban mission work together. The conference will provide a forum for faculty, students, community, government, and business leaders, and academic administrators to share ideas, experiences and recommendations about how the many elements of a sustainable and vibrant urban culture best fit together.

By looking at effective approaches to developing a range of partnerships that transform communities, the conference will offer a comprehensive look at how the interactions with and among different sectors create synergies, reveal common goals, and produce results.

The program will feature provocative and informative plenary sessions, paper and panel presentations, and poster sessions. In addition to faculty, students, and administrators, community members from outside the university are especially welcome to propose presentations. Proposals are invited to address achievements, challenges, and lessons learned under the following general topics:

* Economic Development, including university alignment and initiatives related to industry partnerships, entrepreneurship, workforce enhancement, public policy, business retention and attraction, branding, and so forth.
* Infrastructure Development, including university alignment and initiatives related to land use, urban landscape, transportation of people and goods (including walkable communities), air and water quality, industrial parks, greenspace and the urban landscape, workforce housing, arts and culture, green technology, and so forth.
* Human Development, including university alignment and initiatives related to health, welfare, safety, vocational and continuing education, tutoring and mentoring, literacy, workforce readiness, remediation of poverty, access to good jobs, engaged citizenship, stewardship, and so forth.
* Relationships and synergies among economic, infrastructure, and human development
* Relationships and synergies among university, business, government, and nonprofit sectors
* Alignment of academic programs and priorities with urban and community initiatives

Individuals may submit proposals related to the conference theme for individual, joint, or panel presentations or poster displays.

Submissions must include the following information:

* Title of proposal
* Presentation type desired: brief individual paper (10 minutes); joint presentation (2-3 related presentations, 5 minutes each); panel (4-6 related presentations, 5 minutes each); and poster. Note: It is intended that all sessions be one-hour long with 30 minutes for presentations and 30 minutes for discussion.
* Intended audience for presentation (e.g., administrators, faculty, students, business/government/nonprofit representatives)
* Name of lead presenter and contact information
* Biographical sketch of presenter(s), limit 50 words.
* 250-word abstract
* AV equipment needs [LCD projector or flip charts)

Submission deadline, April 15, 2010, online via the CUMU conference website.

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