Among other developments, the current crisis in higher education has generated a widespread movement toward statewide and regional cooperation among colleges and universities. A significant example is the new Academic Affairs Conference of Midwestern Universities (AACMU), a consortium of five institutions in the farm lands of Illinois and Indiana. Among its initial efforts are the initiation of a rapprochement between voluntary and statutory cooperative organizations, joint academic and research programs, an administrative internship for minorities, and an Urban Center in Chicago, which makes the city's resources available to the 90,000 students at its member institutions. AACMU's development is described in this article by Harold E. Walker, its executive director.
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