Interinstitutional cooperation has become a popular catchword as colleges and universities seek ways out of their current financial crisis and greater credibility in the eyes of the public. Such cooperation takes a variety of forms but seldom involves extensive sharing of physical facilities. The Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver is the exception, a huge, urban campus that will be shared by three major institutions--the University of Colorado/Denver Center, Metropolitan State College, and the Community College of Denver/Auraria Campus. The evolution of Auraria as a concept and as a campus is described in this article.
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