Netter Center at 25

Netter Center
Photo by Tommy Leonardi

Under Ira Harkavy’s leadership, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships has grown significantly since it was officially established in 1992.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Netter Center, Penn’s primary vehicle for connecting the University to the community, boasts programs and initiatives that serve as models for higher educational institutions throughout the country and world.

For this edition of By The Numbers, the Current takes a dive into the Netter Center’s roots, and also how far it’s come.

1966Year Ira Harkavy came to Penn as an undergrad. Except for one year, he’s been at Penn ever since.
1983Year the West Philadelphia Partnership and the Office of Community-Oriented Policy Studies at Penn were established. Both organizations were predecessors to the University-Assisted Community Schools concept.
4Number of advisory boards for the Netter Center: Community Advisory Board, Faculty Advisory Board, National Advisory Board, and Student Advisory Board.
2007Year Edward Netter, a Penn alumnus, and his wife Barbara established a significant endowment to substantially grow the Netter Center’s reach.
9Number of West Philadelphia schools today engaged with the Netter Center’s University-Assisted Community Schools program.
70Number of Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses offered at Penn during the 2016-17 academic year. When the Netter Center was established in 1992, there were only four.
200Number of ABCS courses that have been developed throughout the past 25 years to link students to the community.

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