BHEF's Strategic Business Engagement Model moves business and higher education from transactional relationships to strategic partnerships to meet workforce needs.
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Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2018) — The Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) released a new case study, Developing a Diverse Regional Engineering Talent Ecosystem: The Boeing–Washington University Joint Engineering Leadership Development Program, that examines how BHEF members, The Boeing Company (Boeing) and Washington University in St. Louis (Washington University), are collaborating with St. Louis Community College and the University of Missouri-St. Louis to develop a diverse regional engineering talent ecosystem.
This case study builds upon BHEF’s work through the National Higher Education and Workforce Initiative (HEWI) to support business-higher education partnerships that co-design innovative community college and university pathways to careers, as well as maximize work-based learning for students to increase transfers, degree attainment, and connections to living-wage jobs. As part of HEWI, BHEF received a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop validated, evidence-based models for effective, strategic, and sustainable industry engagement with higher education to increase the persistence of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students, particularly among women and underrepresented minorities. BHEF catalyzed five partnerships focused on improving persistence and transfer of community college students by engaging business to serve as the change agent in the development of new STEM undergraduate pathways. This case study focuses on one of these partnerships—led by Boeing and Washington University.
This case study provides the following insights and implications for stakeholders in government, business, and higher education on developing a workforce that meets today’s engineering skill needs, as well as one that can serve as a model for other fields.
About the Business-Higher Education Forum
The Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) is the nation’s oldest membership organization of Fortune 500 CEOs, college and university presidents, and other leaders dedicated to the creation of a highly skilled future workforce. BHEF members collaborate and form strategic partnerships to build new undergraduate pathways; improve alignment between higher education and the workforce; and produce a diverse, highly skilled talent pool to meet demand in emerging fields.
BHEF focuses on evidenced-based practices and uses a rigorous methodology to strengthen our members' efforts to develop highly skilled, engaged professionals.
Trend analysis informs our methodology to assess and map skills needs, align higher education with workforce, and position our members' organizations for success.