ERIC Number: ED282500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education's Effectiveness in Preparing Students for Professional Practice: Perspectives from the Aerospace and Banking Industries.
Hansen, Ronald E.
The congruence of expectations of industrial managers concerning the preparation of college graduates and what university professional schools are attempting to provide was explored. The focus was the aerospace and banking industries. Interviews were conducted with 24 senior executives from 13 corporations to determine what industry requires of graduate students and their expectations of the professional school. Deans, faculty, and placement office staff of four professional schools in two southern California universities were also interviewed. Four categories of competence were used to determine what industry considers complete preparation for employment: knowledge of field, job skills, interpersonal skills, and work attitudes. It was found that job requirements of both industries were more complex than traditionally thought and that these requirements were more exacting than ever. In engineering, knowledge of field was most important, while in business management job skills were what counted. Schools were found to be addressing only one of the four competencies. The engineering profession had established a stronger and more viable school/industry connection than business management. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Banking, Business Administration Education, College Graduates, Education Work Relationship, Engineering Education, Engineers, Higher Education, Industry, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Knowledge Level, Professional Education, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).