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the exemplary museum geographic proximity of several potential sites and their persuasive letters responding to the invitation for participation, the study was widened to include two more sites with briefer stays. The resulting sites ranged from Ohio to Arizona, with most in the Midwest. Four sites are public universities and three are private institutions. Two sites are in urban settings (over a million inhabitants), one is in a rural small town (8,000 inhabitants), and the other four are in small to mid-sized cities of 80,000 to 300,000. The number of students enrolled in the institutions varies from fewer than 3,000 to over 40,000 students. Four museums had received grants through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s College and University Art Museum Program, and three had not.5

Through assistance of campus art museum personnel, interviews were scheduled with the museum director at each institution and with museum curators, educators and other staff; with university/college professors in the arts and in humanities, science, and other disciplines; with campus administrators and students; and with alumni, docents, volunteers, museum security personnel, board members, and a few public school teachers. Interview sessions lasted, in general, an hour, sometimes longer. In total, 129 people were

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