Using Public Private Partnerships to Accelerate Student Success


  • Sandra Haynes Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Vicki Golich Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Steve Kreidler Metropolitan State University of Denver



workforce, curriculum, publi/private partnerships


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.  

Author Biographies

Sandra Haynes, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Sandra Haynes is Deputy Provost of Academic and Student Affairs a position that oversees all academic affairs units at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Prior to accepting this position, she served in the Dean’s position in the College of Professional Studies at MSU Denver for 13 years. Knowing the importance of maintaining accessible public higher education in an era of shrinking budgets, Haynes has focused her efforts on seeking alternative sources of funding for MSU Denver via public-private-partnerships and interdisciplinary programs that meet community and workforce needs imperative to generating resources, establishing community partnerships, and providing students with excellent teaching and learning experiences. 

Vicki Golich, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Vicki L. Golich is Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Metropolitan State University of Denver; she also oversees Information Technology Services in this role. In 1992, she was selected to be a Pew Faculty Fellow in International Affairs and participated in a two-week workshop at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she learned about actively engaging students in their learning by using case studies. She began her administrative career as the Director of the Faculty Center at California State University San Marcos; in this capacity, she has delivered workshops on case teaching, globalizing the curriculum, and assessment all around the world, and published several articles on the same topics.

Steve Kreidler, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Steve Kreidler is the Vice President for Administration at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) a position that oversees all business and operational functions for the university. Previously he served in the same position at the University of Central Oklahoma. His career includes an extensive background in economic and business development and the creation of public private partnerships inside and outside of higher education. MSU Denver has received numerous awards for their activity in partnerships and Kreidler has made multiple presentations at conferences and workshops across the nation on this topic.


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