ERIC Number: ED331563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Community Colleges and Working Students: Review of the Literature and Research.
Nolte, Walter H.
In an effort to explore the relationship between employed students and community colleges, this paper provides a extensive review of the literature on business and industry connections to higher education. First, introductory material examines the lack of comprehensive training programs in U.S. business/industry and the dearth of evaluative research on the effectiveness of existing job training programs in the literature. Then, a review of the literature is presented in three main sections: private sector and noneducational literature and studies; higher education literature and research; and case studies. Each section of the review consists of a summary and a critique of relevant books, reports, studies, and articles. Next, a summary of prominent themes in the literature is presented, drawing the following conclusions: (1) most of the literature describes the benefits of collaboration for educational institutions and business and industry or details the economic impact of linkages between academia and the private sector; (2) themes concerning credit for industry training, simple and flexible approaches to the private sector, commitment from top college leadership, and the importance of providing a quality educational product are common throughout; (3) the literature suggests that changing demographics and the impact of technology will increase the demand for worker education, especially at the non-managerial level; and (4) business and industry must develop methods of identifying the goals and objectives of workers in order to improve the quality of linkages between colleges and the private sector and provide the best possible training for employees. An 105-item bibliography concludes the review. (JMC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tacoma Community Coll., WA.