5 ways for universities to build corporate partnerships

When it comes to higher education and corporate partnerships, it’s not a “nice to have;” it is mission-critical for colleges and universities to survive. The job market is evolving so quickly that institutions need a steady stream of information from employers on what they want and need from their workforce so curriculum and learning can reflect those needs.

The key here is “partnership.” Think quality over quantity. Both sides—institutions and employers—are looking for return on investment (ROI), and these five approaches will help universities build impactful relationships with mutual benefits.

1. Identify your internal champions
First and foremost, understand internal champions of the institution. Many faculty members and trustees hold professional external positions and are willing to share the university’s mission and strengths with the outside world. Alumni have a broad reach when it comes to garnering support. LinkedIn is a great tool to easily identify where alumni are employed. The next step is to determine if those companies are recruiting your graduates for meaningful internships or full-time positions. If so, tap the alumni to develop or strengthen a relationship.…Read More

Students divided on whether applicants should weigh colleges’ partnerships

Research institution and school collaborations can benefit students, but details may be hard to find, U.S. News reports. As acceptance letters roll in, college applicants may be tempted to focus on the light at the end of the ivory tunnel, but whittling a short list of schools down can be dizzying. Prospective students must consider location, cost, academic reputation, campus culture, and countless other factors. And, according to admissions consultants and students, there’s another part of the college experience that may not even be on applicants’ radars: schools’ partnerships with cultural and research institutions and for-profit companies…

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