June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
College Industry Partnerships
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Building Sustainable Industry Partnerships That Engage Faculty and Prepare Job Ready StudentsThere is growing pressure on colleges and universities to better prepare students for theworkplace and to measure the value of academic programs by the number of students hired aftergraduation. At the same time, educational institutions are facing deep budget reductions andreduced levels of support from both the State and Federal governments. Additionally, employersare demanding that graduates from a university program have more applied experience.Feedback gathered from academic program advisory boards and findings from literature onuniversity and industry partnerships indicate that increasingly, there is becoming a lag intechnology knowledge between industry and academia. One such view is that universities tendto stop at the "basic" levels of technical education, giving students solid academic knowledge,but not the practical world-of-work skills that industry demands.Our college at University XXXX has successfully met these challenges through a multifacetedindustry partnership model that engages all stakeholders: faculty, students, industryprofessionals, and administrators, in the educational process. The purpose of this partnershipmodel is to strengthen the relationship between college and industry from several directions. (1) Providing faculty from engineering and technology fields as consultants to industry through the Center for Innovation in Technology and Engineering. (2) Generating continuous feedback through the establishment of industry advisory committees for all programs. (3) Encouraging student professional and technical development through a Career and Development Learning Center. (4) Creating opportunities for students to gain valuable industry experience through internships, co-ops, and capstone projects with industry partners.This paper will present in detail how our partnership model successfully builds and managessustainable industry partnerships. It will also give concrete examples of how working togethercan build successful relationships between universities and industries in order to help students besuccessful upon graduation. The paper will conclude by explaining how these successes can beduplicated at other colleges and universities.
Angolia, M., & Pickard, J., & Pagliari, L., & Lesko, C. J. (2014, June), Building Sustainable Industry Partnerships That Engage Faculty and Prepare Job-Ready Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20137
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