Exploring the Limits of Corporate-Academic Partnerships

Ryan Korstange


In the current landscape of higher education, partnerships between various educational institutions and corporations are proliferating.[1] A few examples of corporate partnerships will serve to illustrate how commonplace this phenomenon has become. Northrup Grumman has funded a cybersecurity program at the University of Maryland, and, in this program, Northrup Grumman plays a primary role in curriculum design.[2] IBM has partnered with the Ohio State University to train employees in data analytics. As in the Northrup Grumman-University of Maryland partnership, IBM has influence over the direction of the curriculum at Ohio State.[3] Furthermore, many similar corporate-academic partnerships have been established at community colleges.[4] Several four-year private institutions of higher education use these corporate partnerships extensively. For example, Strayer University has tuition reduction deals with over 250 corporations. Strayer contends that these partnerships benefit students through cheaper tuition and “targeted training.”[5]

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Moving from Performance to Authenticity:Reflections on Grading Students in the Real World

Julie Phillips, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Sparrow-MSU Family Medicine Residency Program
Assistant Dean for Student Career and Professional Development
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Most of my medical student teaching takes place during patient care. The student and I care for the patient together, and the patient is both the mission and the lesson. Students usually speak with and examine patients first, and often know patients best. Faculty evaluate medical students not only on their written exam performance, but also on their ability to recall medical knowledge quickly and apply it by developing specific patient care plans. Students are also expected to consistently demonstrate a positive attitude, compassion, and a willingness to work hard.

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Tuition Free Higher Education

On Tuition-Free Higher Education

Eric Bain-Selbo, Department Head of Philosophy and Religion at Western Kentucky University and Executive Director of the Society for Values in Higher Education

Politicians across the political spectrum are grappling with the public outcry over skyrocketing tuition increases at American colleges and universities—especially our public institutions. In the current presidential election cycle, the most substantive proposals have come from the Democratic candidates. Hillary Clinton has offered a proposal for debt-free higher education, insisting that students should work at least a certain number of hours per week to pay for their education. Bernie Sanders has offered a proposal for tuition-free higher education, insisting that a tax on Wall Street speculation could be used to cover tuition for all students.

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