ERIC Number: ED411766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Strategies, College School Cooperation, Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Economic Impact, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Faculty Development, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Integrated Services, Partnerships in Education, Public Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Technology
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
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.