Friday, January 30, 2009

Researcher Studies Effect of Colleges on Communities

Does a university improve its surrounding community or create friction? That’s what UC Merced graduate student Joel Beutel wants to know. Working closely with sociology professor Simon Weffer, anthropology professor Robin DeLugan and economics professor Alex Whalley, the doctoral researcher is investigating the historical relationships between colleges and local communities.

“I am trying to see if there is a link between more community involvement and fewer lawsuits,” he says. “Is there a payoff for community relations?”

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