ERIC Number: ED393350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Competitive Edge: Universities and Industry Working Together.
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.
This publication describes industrial extension programs at five universities and argues for establishment of a national industrial extension network to help small and medium sized manufacturers meet the challenges of the current economic climate. A loss of competitive edge is ascribed to declining technical capabilities and productivity among manufacturers employing 500 or fewer workers. The solution proposed is a major expansion of federal, state, and local extension programs into a national industrial extension service network. This network would build on successful programs; make available access to technology, training, engineering, and management advice and expertise; promote cooperation among government, industry, research institutions, training centers, and management organizations; respond to local firms' needs; emphasize outreach; use federal funds to leverage monies from other sources; and avoid program duplication. The nation's public universities possess the combination of experience, capacity, and commitment that should enable them to play a leading role in the proposed network. The bulk of the publication contains 2-page descriptions of extension programs at Iowa State University, Colorado State University, University of Maryland, North Carolina State University, and Pennsylvania State University. These include program descriptions, information on when the program was founded, staff, companies helped, budget, and sources of funding. (JB)
Descriptors: Competition, Cooperative Programs, Economic Impact, Extension Education, Higher Education, Industry, National Programs, Outreach Programs, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, School Business Relationship, State Universities
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036-1191.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Business Revitalization; Colorado State University; Industrial Development; Industry Needs; Industry Size; Industry Trends; Iowa State University; North Carolina State University; Pennsylvania State University; University of Maryland