Goals of academic partnerships.

By definition, academic partnerships bring companies or communities together to form groups of learners (cohorts).
When properly developed, academic partnerships have these goals:
  • Provide learning opportunities for all employees consistent with the organization’s and employees’ needs.
  • Reduce tuition costs through flat-rate pricing model
  • Provide focused, formal learning for participants
  • Create certificate and degree learning cohorts that leverage unit volume for lower tuition costs
  • Improve organizational relationships through the use of certificate and degree programs
  • Leverage technology to combine classroom sessions for the benefit of organization’s relationships
  • Leverage technology to lower costs of learning
  • Develop new organizational skills to create, maintain or catch up to sustainable competitive advantages
  • Develop internal systems to create specific professionals for future workplace shortages.

Each of these goals focus on bringing adult learners together in a non-traditional higher education learning model.  Instead of a company or community sending individual learners to a disparate set of colleges and universities, this model brings learners together under one, manageable umbrella.  Ideally, the host company or community provides the learning facility, marketing, and on-site support.  In exchange, the college or university generates incremental revenue with a lower cost base – that is then shared with the host company or community.

The business model is one that provides companies with a focused learning group and the college or university with new students.

Somewhere, somebody calls that ‘win-win’.


About Gary Stocker
Since 2004, I have developed more than a dozen academic partnership programs with 7 different universities. I have developed the web site: www.collegecohorts.com to share the tips, systems, and processes that were used. Theses partnerships include certificate, degree-building, degree programs for a major midwestern health care system. Examples of the academic partnerships include, MBA, MHA, RN to BSN, MSN, Allied Health, and Nurse Case Manager.

One Response to Goals of academic partnerships.

  1. Gina Ganahl says:

    The concept and goals of College Cohorts is very timely. In the St. Louis region there are literally hundreds of thousands of adults who started, but did not complete, their bachelor’s degrees. Others seek graduate degrees and certifications. Undereducated employees are faced with limited career growth opportunities and a real need to finish or extend their degrees. At the same time, employers face a shortage of qualified employees to promote into positions with greater responsibilities. This means that employers are motivated to support employees’ continued education and employees are motivated to pursue their degrees to hold and advance their jobs. At the same time, universities and colleges are facing a reduction in the number of high school graduates so they are working hard to recruit students. Higher education institutions are seeking creative ways to recruit nontraditional students, including contracting with companies to serve cohorts as well as various learning formats (F2F, online, condensed, hybrid). College Cohorts can bring the resources of universities and colleges to employees and their companies, which is the perfect combination for success for all.

    – Dr. Gina V. Ganahl, Associate Dean, School of Professional & Continuing Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis

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