Using Public Private Partnerships to Accelerate Student Success
Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) has used various ways to craft curriculum that directly meets employers’ and students’ needs in key economic drivers in the State of Colorado. Moving beyond the standard industry advisory councils used in many, especially professional programs, the institution has consulted with industry leaders prior to building facilities and developing curriculum to ensure industry needs are met. As MSU Denver faculty collaborated with their industry partners, they worked to embed both content and skills throughout the curriculum to ensure alumni were prepared for this 21st Century workplace. Additionally, MSU Denver has honored past experience and on the job training of employers and employees in a way that many four-year institutions have resisted.
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