ERIC Number: ED400408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-24
Partnerships that Work: Business/Education Coalitions for the 21st Century!!!
Cornell, Sylvia Ryce
The U.S. educational system and U.S. business share common problems of shrinking budgets, rapidly shifting demographics, and changes in their structure and missions. Meeting on common ground, pooling shrinking resources, and creating smooth transitions from school to work are critical issues. Creating, nurturing, and sustaining effective partnerships and coalitions is a winning solution for each side. Steps to create an effective coalition can be laid out in four phases: search for partners, courtship, early stages of the "marriage," and golden and mature years of the relationship. Productive partnerships between educators and business result in better educated students and a more productive work force. Corporations, the public sector, and educational systems have been given a common mandate for accountability and a focus upon the bottom line. The bottom line must include a world-class work force, better trained public servants, and well-prepared students. Successful partnerships are like successful marriages: if proper care and nurturing are invested in these relationships, the payoff is long and rewarding and each partner grows and flourishes. (Role models of successful partnerships with names and addresses are included. A reference list includes 14 books and pamphlets, 6 standard reference books, 9 professional associations, and 9 periodicals.) (KC)
Descriptors: Accountability, Community Resources, Cooperative Programs, Economic Development, Economic Factors, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Resources, Educational Trends, Employment Practices, Futures (of Society), Institutional Cooperation, Organizational Effectiveness, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, Quality of Working Life, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Creative Concepts Unlimited, Missouri City, TX.
Note: Paper presented a meeting of the National Council for Occupational Education (St. Louis, MO, October 24, 1996).