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The Significant Discussions Project

From the League for Innovation in the Community College

The Significant Discussions Project, with generous support from MetLife Foundation, is based on the recognition that misalignment of curriculum among secondary schools, community colleges, universities, and employers creates barriers to student success, and that collaborative discussions about curriculum alignment across educational sectors are often random and voluntary. Further, few systems are in place to institutionalize or incentivize collaborative work to improve alignment. One highly significant exception is the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006, which requires that secondary, postsecondary, and business partners collaborate in the development of programs of study.

The purpose of the Significant Discussions guide is to assist diverse stakeholder groups—including but not limited to secondary school, community college, university, business, industry, and state department of education representatives—to engage in significant discussions that build and strengthen productive partnerships. The guide is designed to actively engage people in these partnerships in purposeful work that will result in smoother, more successful transitions for students as they progress along their educational pathway, across systems of education, and on to their life’s work.

Continued at: http://www.league.org/league/projects/Significant_Discussions/index.cfm

Read the Guide: http://www.league.org/league/projects/Significant_Discussions/files/SignificantDiscussions2.pdf

  1. Robert Bing
    July 12, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I read this posting with some level of interest because I am one of those individuals who work in the corporate world. Recently, we hired two master’s level college graduates. Although their degrees were in the field for which they were hired, they were not adequately prepared to perform the job functions. When I hear the phrase “curriculum alignment,” I wonder what meaning academicians ascribe to it. In 2001 Bowles and Gintis, wrote an article entitled “Schooling in Capitalist America Revisited,” in which they confirm they criticism that “schools prepare people for adult work rules, by socializing (them)…to function well, and without complaint in the hierarchical structure of the modern corporation.” It appears that while some people argue for greater alignment, others argue against it. Does academia perceive its role, at least in part, in preparing people for success in the corporate environment?

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