Chronicle of Higher Education praises UO's Sustainable Cities Initiative

A group of students in the SCI program check out an redevelopment site in Salem

The most recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education calls the UO’s Sustainable Cities Initiative “one of higher education's most successful and comprehensive service-learning programs.”

Chronicle sustainability reporter Scott Carlson visited the UO personally to speak with SCI co-founder Marc Schlossberg and other faculty involved in the multi-disciplinary program, which connects students with cities to create real-world solutions to real-world problems. Carlson also interviewed city staff who offered insight into the importance and impact of working with students.

The Sustainable City Year Program, in which SCI has partnered with Gresham, Salem, Springfield and next year, Medford, is going national. Two SCYP conferences, hosted by SCI, have helped spread the concept of service learning to universities throughout the country.

 “The nationalizing of SCYP, along with the value of higher education in general, and the role of higher education in society, all brought SCI's work to The Chronicle's attention,“ Schlossberg says.

The Chronicle reports that "students clamor for education that offers meaningful, real-world skills and job connections – the very things that Oregon students say they have been getting through SCI."  

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- from the UO Office of Strategic Communications