Wilson, Joann H.
March 1984
Public Administration Quarterly;Spring84, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p6
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the role of postsecondary education in state economic development strategies in the U.S. The renewed recognition that the U.S. society rests on a strong economy has stimulated strong interest among state policy-makers in possible strategies for economic development. Among these strategies, increased attention has been focused upon the potential role of education. While many policy-makers at the state level seem to be turning their attention to the role of postsecondary education in economic development, a review of the relevant literature reveals very little in the way of policy recommendations or evaluation of the efficacy of this approach to economic development. Published material on the relationship of vocational-technical education to economic development is more widely available. While this is undoubtedly due in part to this sector's long-standing interest in economic development, it is also due to the efforts of the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. Given the substantial interest that exists in the possible role of postsecondary education in economic development, a descriptive study of the organizational and working relationships between the postsecondary education community and economic development was undertaken and a limited number of states were selected for study.


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