1426RE: [scrumdevelopment] Digest Number 327
- Jun 5, 2003Mike,
There appears to be a basic conflict in academia
between the needs of the academics and the
institutions and those of the employers of the
Then UK used to solve this problem with a 2-tier
college structure: Universities which were purely
academic; and Polytechnics which were more strongly
vocational in nature. This 2-tier system was destroyed
in a democratization of the college structure in order
to reduce costs associated with the state funding
students who had to travel farther to the academic
institutions of which there were far fewer (around 25
as opposed to 200).
There were one or two academic universities which
preferred to focus on commercial success - including
my alma mater the University of Strathclyde. As a
result such schools wallowed in what was considered a
poor academic record of published papers but scored
highly with major employers such as BP who
consistently ranked it in the top 8 schools in the UK.
In addition, commercially focused schools tended to
operate at break-even or even at a profit whilst
highly academic schools continually relied on the tax
payer to subsidize them.
The Net-Net of this is that larger employers get to
learn the good schools with high standards and
applicable curriculums whilst the students must decide
before embarking on college study whether they prefer
a career in industry or a post-graduate life as an
academic. In my opinion, most students entering
college at 17 or 18 years of age are too inexperienced
to make such a call.
--- Mike Cohn <mike@...> wrote:
I'm tempted to suggest that we should find a way to
propose some form of
agile curriculum but I don't know how we get
universities to listen. With
the poor economy I've met so many people who have
decided that "if only I
had a [better] degree, I'd be employable." Yet when I
talk to them about the
things they're learning I can't see how it helps them.
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