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ERIC Number: ED411766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Insights on the Higher Education-Economy Relationship: Interviews with the Stakeholders. Higher Education and the Economy of the West. Working Paper #4.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
This paper, one of a series from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's (WICHE) project "Higher Education and the Economy of the West," presents a summary of interviews, conducted by the WICHE staff during the fall and winter of 1991-92 with 22 "Frontier Thinkers." Issues discussed included planning for the future, responding to the public, serving a new clientele, effective collaboration, and curriculum reform. In addressing higher education's future in the global marketplace, interviewees noted the importance of understanding the connection between a single system of education and the economy, the need to change the culture of higher education, suggested the use of planning as a catalyst, and discussed the role of the states. Accountability was seen as the best way for higher education to demonstrate responsiveness to its public, but a role was also seen for governing boards in this area. Almost all the respondents referred to the need for a commitment to collaboration; most frequently mentioned were partnerships that link higher education with elementary and secondary education. Other issues mentioned were more effective use of technology as the means to serve a new clientele, revision of undergraduate curricula, a focus on internationalism; and changing the faculty rewards structure to encourage behaviors to revise and modernize the curriculum. Appended is a roster of Frontier Thinkers. (CH)
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752; phone: 303-541-0200 ($5).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.