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ERIC Number: EJ792556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6405
Sharing University Intellectual Capital: The Role of Continuing Education
O'Neill, Hugh
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v19 n4 p14-15 Win 2005
New England's research universities are widely recognized as major contributors to the region's economy. In many of the communities in which they are located, they rank among the largest employers. They purchase goods and services from New England companies, and are often among the leading procurers of construction activity. Each year, they bring billions of dollars in federal research funding into the region. There is, however, one aspect of the research universities' role in the regional economy that has not been as widely recognized: some of New England's leading research universities, such as Harvard University's Extension School and Boston University's Metropolitan College, are also leading providers of continuing education for working adults. Not all research universities, of course, have embraced career and continuing education to the extent that Harvard and Boston University have. Some see it as inconsistent with their primary mission. In these cases, local officials might produce better results for their communities by promoting university collaboration with a local community college. Whether through individual university initiatives or through partnerships with other institutions, an expanded commitment to career and continuing education for working adults can provide local communities with a way to ensure that the economic benefits of the research university are widely shared.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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