ERIC Number: ED214555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Statewide Coordination in Technology Transfer.
Groff, Warren H.
Technology transfer, that is, the dissemination of the results of research and development to the general community, is discussed in this report in relation to the learning society and the mission of the community college. First, definitions of technology are presented and the rapid pace of technological change worldwide is examined. Then, the role of technology transfer as part of an institutional commitment to lifelong learning is explored, with emphasis given to community college partnerships with business, industry, and community organizations. Institutional commitment to service is then recommended as a means of enhancing the spread of technological literacy and as a requirement for achieving functional relationships with various agencies and organizations in the community. After guidelines for facilitating such relationships, especially with business and industry, are provided, the need for statewide coordination of technology transfer is underscored. Next, such coordination efforts in Ohio are detailed, notably the Ohio Technology Transfer Organization, a statewide information network consisting of Ohio State University and the state's two-year colleges. The problem of technological obsolescence in the work force is then considered, and strategies to prevent or counter it are presented. Conclusions stress the need for strategic planning and the statewide coordination of educational efforts. Sample materials from Ohio projects are appended. (KL)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Planning, Information Dissemination, Lifelong Learning, Linking Agents, Organizational Development, Professional Continuing Education, Retraining, School Business Relationship, Skill Obsolescence, Statewide Planning, Technology Transfer, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ohio; Ohio Technology Transfer Organization
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on the Role of Community Colleges in the National Technology Transfer Program (2nd, Detroit, MI, October 19-21, 1981).