Does economic self-interest translate into educational improvement?
Business/higher education partnerships are proliferating. The motivation behind these partnerships is economic self interest on the part of both the corporation and the university. Partnerships hold out the opportunity for universities to maintain or improve their research and graduate training programs while corporations can utilize the university facilities to minimize their capital investment. The challenge for the university is to make sure that academic credibility is not foresaken for economic gain.
Whenever we have in mind the discussion of a new movement in education, it is especially necessary to take the broader, or social, view. Otherwise, changes in the school institution and tradition will be looked at as arbitrary inventions …; at the worst, transitory fads, and, at the best, merely improvements in certain details …
School and Society, 1900
KeywordsCorporate Sector Economic Education Corporate Rival Educational Improvement Graduate Training Program
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