Through the collaborative efforts of area academic institutions and businesses, appropriate business issues and problems requiring solutions are identified. These issues and problems are then matched with appropriate course content and/or body of knowledge for classroom learning. These problems are then structured into a workable project format. Expectations, outcomes and deliverables are mutually agreed upon by all participants. Project management methodology standards are applied including, but not limited to, resource and data requirements, planning, timelines, tracking, quality assurance assessments and periodic evaluations. Intellectual property and disclosure protection issues are addressed. Student credit, credentialing and recognition for participation are established.
We see this as an evolutionary program with great potential for academia, the community, and the workforce.
The Program Conceptual Model
To visualize the partnership in terms of a conceptual model, it may help to think of
the academic institution(s) as providing the capacity through its: courses of instruction, facilities, student body and instructors. The community- considered in the broadest sense as business, government, medical community, non-profits and faith-based organizations- becomes the “supplier” of projects to which the classroom learning can be applied. The consultants establish, facilitate and manage the connection between the “capacity and supply sides” to achieve the mutually agreed upon project goals.
- Program Communication- Academia, Business and the Community.
- Project Identification- Capacity side; and Supply side
- Project Design
- Resources, data, information, and intellectual property considerations
- Liaison and coordination channels
- Evaluation criteria
- Record-keeping and knowledge management
- Project Coordination and Consultation
- Milestones and check points
- Project Evaluation
- Project record codification