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The need to maintain a global competitive edge is driving up the demand for lifelong learning. Fifty percent of all adults in the US are engaged in learning and seventy percent of all students are working adults. There has been a substantial growth in corporate universities while higher education has lost its monopoly on granting degrees
However, as most corporations would not describe teaching and learning as core competencies, they have increasingly turned to partnerships with higher education. Of the hundred most successful of America’s 1,600 corporate universities, sixty percent outsource at least some of their course design to higher education.
Corporate-higher education partnerships can offer great benefits to both parties, saving money for the former and generating new revenue for the latter. In reality many fail because of insufficient planning and differences in culture and organizational structures.
This book provides corporations and universities with the tools and knowledge to build effective partnerships. It is written for corporate managers, chief learning officers, higher education administrators and faculty who are ready to create new partnerships. This book provides important insights for both partners in the process.
The authors start out by stating the case for partnerships and range across such issues as differences in educational philosophy, organizational structures and cultural environments. They then present examples, as well as research findings on factors that determine success or failure, in order to provide tools to assess whether a partnership is properly aligned. They follow with case studies and examples of best practice and conclude with insights about long-term implications as well as with their views about the future.
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Roxanne M Gonzales-Walker is currently an assistant professor teaching graduate courses in Adult Education and Training and Community College Leadership at Colorado State University. She has over twenty-one years as an administrator of adult programming in continuing higher education, military education and training, and federally funded programs that serve first generation and low income learners. She is the CEO of Gonzales Educational Consulting L.L.C. in New Hampshire which focuses on adult education programming.
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