Reports Page

America’s Urban Campus implements its mission by periodically publishing reports designed to document the size and character of Chicago’s higher education enterprise and the role of Chicago’s universities and colleges in addressing the major issues facing the city. 


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The Economic, Social and Cultural Contributions of Chicago’s Colleges and Universities: 2018

This study, prepared by Anderson Economic Group for America’s Urban Campus provides detailed information on the students and graduates of Chicago’s higher education institutions and a “footprint” of the economic effect of the higher education enterprise on the city and the region.

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New Facilities on AUC Campuses:

Chicago’s universities and colleges built and opened an unprecedented number of new and renovated facilities to serve students and faculty teaching and research over the period from 2014-2019.

  • $3.3 Billion in facility investments of $5 Million or more.
  • $2.2 billion spent in the city on construction.
  • 50 projects documented from 9 of AUC’s member institutions.

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A Snapshot of Programs in Higher Education Addressing Racism, Violence and Poverty.

In response to the rising tide of violence experienced in Chicago’s neighborhoods in 2016 and 2017, America’s Urban Campus institutions collaborated to identify many programs run by universities in collaboration with neighborhood organizations and schools to address these difficult issues. This snapshot includes many but not all such programs and was published to promote new partnerships across the neighborhoods and demonstrate the activity underway by the universities.

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Final Report: Forging Partnerships to Address Poverty, Racism and Violence in Chicago, May 23, 2017

One Hundred AUC institution faculty, students, staff and community partners gathered at Roosevelt University to discuss the underlying causes of violence and the role of higher education in partnering to develop solutions. Their work came from the deep concern of AUC university leadership for the continuing cycle of violence in the city that affected so many of Chicago’s neighborhoods and youth. AUC has worked over several years to implement the ideas developed at the workshop.