ERIC Number: ED408928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Spanning the Chasm: Corporate and Academic Cooperation To Improve Work-Force Preparation. Task Force on High-Performance Work and Workers: The Academic Connection.
Business-Higher Education Forum, Washington, DC.; American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
This study, conducted by a task force that interviewed corporate and campus officials at 10 corporations and 12 universities and colleges during 1994-96, examined how well undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in the United States are being prepared to meet the demands of the modern high-performance workplace. The study found conflicting views. Business leaders saw higher education professionals as being unwilling to change in any time frame, holding narrow views of academic disciplines, failing to consider career needs, expecting support without accountability, and operating inefficiently. Academic respondents, on the other hand, complained that business leaders proposed making major changes in short time frames, provided vague descriptions of the skills they sought in new employees, sent inconsistent messages, failed to understand the difference between education and training, and were too focused on profit. The report offers sample quotes from corporate respondents, people on campus, and recent graduates. It suggests several models for better cooperation between the two sectors. Appended to the report is a list of the Business-Higher Education Forum members. (CH)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, Corporate Support, Corporations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Assessment, Employment Qualifications, Excellence in Education, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Relevance (Education), Role of Education, School Business Relationship, School Effectiveness, Science and Society, Student Development, Student Evaluation, Technological Literacy
Business-Higher Education Forum, One Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-1193.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Community; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Business-Higher Education Forum, Washington, DC.; American Council on Education, Washington, DC.