ERIC Number: ED230253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison between Business and Industry Linkage Structures in Pennsylvania Community and Junior Colleges and Those Described in the Literature.
Learn, Richard L.
In spring 1983, a study was conducted to compare the business and industry linkage structures of Pennsylvania's community colleges with the structures advocated by researchers and administrators in the literature. Surveys were sent to presidents and superintendents of all 30 Pennsylvania community colleges, requesting information on the types and purposes of the linkages they had with industry, the office or division of the college responsible for administering the linkages, and the personnel involved. Study findings, based on responses from 19 colleges and a review of the literature on business/industry cooperation, revealed that: (1) several types of linkages identified in the literature, such as customized training programs, utilization of business and industry personnel, and practical experiences for students, were employed in Pennsylvania, while others, such as sharing of physical resources, were not employed; (2) although the literature suggested that a centralized office to administer business and industry linkages would be beneficial, linkage efforts in more than half of the cases were dispersed throughout the college; (3) barely half of the respondents had staff working full-time to effect linkages, although the literature indicated this to be the most effective method; and (4) both the literature and survey results showed that using business and industry representatives on advisory councils is a common administrative practice. The literature review and questionnaire are included. (Author/HB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.