Industry-College Relations

Industry-College Relations

Industry-College Relations

Industry-College Relations

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As Dr. Glennan points out in his Foreword, this book is a by- product of a survey I made for the Conference Committee on Industry-College Relations in the spring of 1954. The survey was an informal affair, conducted without benefit of questionnaire or statistics. It did include a good deal of letter writing and a good many conferences with industry and college people from Ohio to Massachusetts. The aim was to get a wide spread -large and small colleges and businesses; college and industry associations; firms and colleges in big cities, in middle-sized cities, and in small towns; State and municipal tax-supported institutions, church affiliates, and independent colleges. Wherever I went, I was met with courtesy, candor, and interest. To the busy people who answered my letters, often with painstaking care, and to the busy people who answered my questions hour on end when I knocked on their doors, I here express my inadequate thanks. Perhaps as they note how I have appropriated their ideas, they will be rewarded by a sense of sharing in what is meant to be a helpful enterprise.

Before going further, I must clarify the use of the three words in the title. The word 'industry' is used loosely to include those activities and people that would normally be covered by industry and business.' There being no reason for hairsplitting, the term might as well be stretched to include bankers and lawyers when their duties bring them to share in the responsibilities of management. The word 'college' is used here as a convenience instead of 'higher education' to embrace colleges, universities, technological institutes, and junior colleges. 'Relations' is used to include all forms of co-operation between in-

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