Measuring University-Business Cooperation

Screenshot 2014-07-08 17.28.17The OECD has released this interesting report (which can be downloaded for free) “presents two, linked, approaches that can be used to assess university-business cooperation in the field of education: a scorecard and an assessment framework that can be used for project planning and the assessment of investment proposals. Both can be used for assessing the progress of projects, from different perspectives, and both can be used for assessing the success of cooperation projects.”

I am happy to say that I helped develop Figure 1.2 on page 10 while I was at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez with Wayne Johnson, who at the time was director of university relations at Microsoft. We later refined it while working at HP Labs and it appears to have viraled around HP!

Liability in a Lab

This UCLA case sends a powerful signal to universities. Better follow up with lab safety measures and avoid terrible consequences like students injuring or dying due to lab accidents. Chemical Engineering ABET accreditation criteria includes process safety. I think it is time that ALL engineering programs have some kind of disciplinary-related safety measures in their criteria.

More on the UCLA CHE article here. Full article here: Liability in the Lab_ UCLA Case Sends a Signal to Universities – Legal – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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