Workforce development, entrepreneurship are growing priorities for public research universities
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has released a policy blueprint titled “Advancing University-Engaged Economic and Social Prosperity” highlighting how public universities and the federal government can collaborate in workforce readiness, innovation and community-based economic development. “Research and education have always opened doors that benefit the nation we serve, and today, we are energized to join millennial undergraduates in fueling the next wave of innovation,” said Penn State University President Eric J. Barron, chairman of APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity. “For many years, universities have considered workforce development to be the domain of community colleges and vocational institutions,” the report says. It cites an “imperative” for universities to boost “work-and-learn” strategies for students with input from business and recommends more faculty externships with industry in order to give educators and employers a better sense of each other’s needs.
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