Developing A College Industry Relationship: The Use Of Industrial Advisory Boards

Michele Summers
2002 Annual Conference Proceedings   unpublished
Industrial advisory boards provide a vehicle to help educational institutions execute their mission and attain their goals. This relationship provides a way to monitor the effectiveness of curriculum by providing real-world assessment of coursework as well as scrutinizing the on-thejob performance of past graduates. Meetings and subsequent reports lay the foundation for understanding what's right -and what could be improved -throughout academic and nonacademic departments. In addition,
more » ... addition, industrial advisory boards can contribute significantly to new program development while creating partnership with local business and industry. This paper will provide an overview of the creation, development, and implementation of an Industrial Advisory Board for the School of Technology at Lafayette (SOT at Lafayette). SOT at Lafayette is the newest location of the Purdue School of Technology statewide delivery system, a unique partnership between education and business, industry and government. The Lafayette location was established in 1996 with an independent office created at Subaru-Isuzu Automotive (SIA) in 1999. In the summer of 2001, efforts were begun to institute an independent Industrial Advisory Board for this location. This paper will discuss: · Assessment of the need and purpose of an industrial advisory board · Composition and qualifications of advisory board members · Challenges of implementation · Perceived benefits from utilization of the advisory board "
doi:10.18260/1-2--11214 fatcat:n3373k4ajjakbd35to4qkxkg6y