Do Faculty Connect School to Work? Evidence from Community Colleges

by Dominic J. Brewer, Maryann Jacobi Gray

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Despite an emphasis in recent policy on connecting school to work, relatively little is known about how these connections are made and what they look like. In this article, the authors explore the relationship between community college faculty and their local labor markets. The authors use an unique national survey that provides the first systematic data from a large number of faculty on this issue, supplemented by case studies. The authors show that faculty engage in a range of relatively low-level connecting activities; stronger connections are rare. Faculty receive minimal institutional support for such efforts. There are several important barriers to improving linkages related to faculty time and institutional structures.

Originally published in: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v. 21, no. 4, Winter 1999, pp. 405-416.

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