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ERIC Number: ED469560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov-8
Pages: 43
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Social Contract or State Requirement? Economic Development and Higher Education.
Perorazio, Thomas E.
The relationship between higher education and government has been described as an ongoing series of social contracts, the expectation that higher education should provide a return to society for the public investment given. This study focused on whether state planners for higher education in five states are expecting institutions to demonstrate how they are meeting state economic needs and the extent to which such contributions were incorporated into state goals and requirements for higher education. For the analysis, the study used a model of public higher education's roles in the economic development of their states. The master plans produced by states were subjected to content analysis to examine the language used in the written goals and priorities for institutions. Areas of the master plans related to these higher education economic development roles and functions were analyzed: (1) human resource development; (2) technical assistance; (3) capacity building; (4) economic research and analysis; (5) research; (6) technology transfer; and (7) new business development. Findings show that the states articulated different aspects of economic development with varying degrees of emphasis, but all acknowledged the economic benefits that accrue to the state from the public investment in higher education. (Contains 13 figures and 46 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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