The Vermont Connection


Shannon L. Carr


The relationship between college and community, otherwise known as a town-gown relationship, can be met with mixed emotions. Colleges tend to be large employers and major economic contributors to the communities in which they are located. Yet, college students are met with resistance from community residents due to their sometimes disruptive behaviors. Factors such as traffic congestion, distribution of public safety resources, and economic concerns are all part of the ever-changing town-gown relationship. Through the exploration of this topic, the emerging conclusion is the need for university and community to find common ground through communication.