Garnett Ridge Family Support Center: a case study in sustainability of university-community partnerships

Degree Name

MA in International and Intercultural Management

First Advisor

Sandra Basgall


University-community collaboration has become increasingly prevalent in recent years as higher education reexamines its roles and responsibilities within the larger society. While partnerships provide tremendous benefits to both sides, they can be a source of frustration and disappointment. This paper discusses various types of university-community partnerships and provides suggestions for increasing their sustainability. The author describes the evolution of a partnership between the University of Georgia School of Social Work and the Garnett Ridge community in Athens, Georgia. Based on data from this case study, the author posits that the sustainability of university-community partnerships encompasses two aspects: sustainability of the relationship and sustainability of the project. The continuum of university-community projects, from university-based to community-based, is illustrated. The author concludes that increasing the chances of success for transitioning a project from university-based to community-based can increase the sustainability of university-community partnerships.

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