ERIC Number: ED403827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing the Capacity of Four-Year Postsecondary Educational Institutions to Promote Economic Development. A Report by the Task Force on Education and Economic Development.
Southern Education Foundation, Atlanta, GA.
This report discusses efforts undertaken by the Southern Education Foundation's (SEF) Task Force on Education and Economic Development and summarizes case-study reports of activities at four-year, postsecondary educational institutions in the South to promote economic development. The activities of six institutions were reviewed: Jackson State University (Mississippi), Morehead State University (Kentucky), Savannah State College (Georgia), Tuskegee Institute (Alabama), Western Carolina University (North Carolina), and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The results suggest that relatively few four-year and minority institutions were actively involved in economic development, due to lack of inspired leadership, lack of administrative expertise, lack of funds, internal resistance, external resistance, reputation and image, and lack of effective models. The report recommends that the SEF bring together representatives from 10 to 12 institutions to react to the case-study reports; bring together an expanded group that includes representatives of state industrial recruitment agencies and local Chambers of Commerce; seek outside funding for demonstration projects at three institutions; commission case studies from three or four institutions outside of the South; commission a "how-to" handbook on economic development; and promote the role of post-secondary institutions in economic development. Copies of the six case study reports are appended. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Education Foundation, Atlanta, GA.