ERIC Number: ED293608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-26
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The Vital Role of Faculty in Developing Successful Relationships with Business and Industry.
Milligan, Frank G.
Community college faculty play a vital role in the establishment and continuation of industry training programs. Faculty assist the company in determining the level, focus, and starting point of the course or program; develop instructional materials and techniques; present the subject; and interact with employee-students. During the delivery of the course or program, they must demonstrate their expertise and, concomitantly, the worth of the institution. The faculty member who teaches partnership courses must have a sense of entrepreneurship and corporate culture; must be flexible, responsive, personable, and a realistic teacher; must be well versed in both theory and the workplace applications of that theory; and must be able to adapt his/her instructional methods to mature students with varying educational backgrounds and immediate educational needs. Recruiting and maintaining the interest of such faculty members is facilitated by the sense of novelty and challenge afforded by the change in setting and clientele, the ability to use the latest equipment, access to the firm's internal training classes, and additional income. Some practical problems may result from the partnership programs, including conflicts between the firm and academic departments over teacher selection, scheduling problems, the lack of experienced instructors, and the lack of policies on workload and compensation. Faculty excellence is the key to resolving these problems and providing successful training programs. (EJV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (68th, Las Vegas, NV, April 24-27, 1988).