ERIC Number: ED429653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Fostering Economic Development: Opportunities and Challenges in Postsecondary Education. Working Papers.
Hernandez, Gantes, Victor M.; Sorensen, Robert P.; Nieri, Alejandro H.
This essay discusses the expanded role for two-year postsecondary institutions. It suggests that global competition and recent developments in new technologies are creating new conditions in the workplace and in the postsecondary educational system. These conditions are creating an increased demand for highly skilled workers, new management styles, and entrepreneurial skills. These workplace trends suggest the need for community colleges to emphasize an institutional and public commitment to economic development as a community enterprise. The essay outlines some possible strategies for fostering economic development through partnerships between industry and postsecondary institutions. It also analyzes the effects upon the United States of lower wages being paid by industrialized countries to hire workers in developing countries. In response to global competition, U.S. industry began to consider automated systems and computer programs. The two-year colleges demonstrate an important potential to expand their participation in community development within the context of emerging vocationalism, but questions remain as to whether they can make the changes necessary to support the needs of the established local industry, help individuals ease the transition to business ownership, and become proactive players in the development of the community. Contains 21 references. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Great Lakes Leadership Conference on Education and Work (2nd, Milwaukee, WI, October 30-November 1, 1994).