Improvement for the Next Generation:
of a better exchange between business and academia
One of the great
joys of my career has been to partner with
to help prepare the next generation to use Human Performance Technology to
improve business results
I have had the privilege of working with Dr.
Dale Brethower Ph.D and Dr.
Alyce Dickinson; Ph.D.; Department of Psychology to provide opportunities for teams of
graduate students to apply their classroom instruction with actual projects in
the work environment.
Our partnership is designed to maximize transfer-of-training from the classroom to the real world. The graduate students learn
how to effect organizational changes via a linked analysis at the organizational
level, work process level and performance management level.
has included applications of an Advanced Systems Analysis Class, a
thesis application and experience in the development of job aids.
Students, professors and business partners have indicated they have all gained a
great deal of learning through the business and university partnership.
following is an example of how the partnership has worked:
I want to take this opportunity to formally express my sincere appreciation for
your participation as an organizational client for my graduate level Advanced
Systems Analysis course during the Winter term of 1999. I am well aware of the
time spent preparing materials for the students and meeting with them, and do so
appreciate your contributions to the training of our students. As a result, the
consultancy was successful, as indicated in my assessment of their work and your
final evaluation. I saw considerable skill development throughout the course on
the part of the student and feel that they have learned much that will serve
them well the rest of their careers. In addition, based on evaluation and the
work they have produced during the course, it appears as though they were able
to meaningfully assist your organization.
Alyce M. Dickinson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology