Evolving Trends in Corporate – University Relationships

Where does the time go?  Sometimes learning takes a lot of time, as I am learning in my new work with Exelon Generation. More about that in another blog.

Right now I’d like to call your attention to a blog I wrote for ASTD with Bill Shea in a sort of point-counterpoint style.  We both see the need – necessity, really – for corporations and universities to start looking at their relationship from a strategic perspective instead of a tactical one.  It’s not just about getting new students or recruiting new hires, a strategic relationship is so much richer. Yet both the corporate world and academic world operate in silos too often, and don’t consider the needs of the other partner.  We’d like to begin breaking this down, and think that our dialogue and session will help begin that process.

You have threeways (thus far) to learn more about this discussion. First, you can read the blogs that Bill and I wrote at http://www.astd.org/Publications/Blogs/Higher-Education-Blog.aspx 

Second, you can attend the ASTD International Conference (ICE) in Denver and attend our session on Sunday afternoon, May 6.  www.astdconference.org.

Or third, you can look up NACRO –  . The Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO) strengthens academic/corporate relations by bringing together practitioners from across the country to compare and refine ideas and strategies, increasing the value of relationships between industry and higher education.   http://www.nacroonline.org/

If we truly want to advance  learning, we need to do it in our own backyards in corporations and academia.  I’ll keep you posted as to how the dialogue goes! 

 

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