2017-04-28The Journal seeks articles focusing on academic programs or activities with a focus on economic development or that have economic development as a component.
Many higher education institutions across the country have close ties with defense and military programs. Some institutions are in close proximity to military bases or installations, while others have extensive sponsored research relations with the military or the defense industry. This issue attempts to extend the base of knowledge on how higher education/military interactions influence human capital formation; research and innovation; and quality-of-place strategies that make communities attractive places to live, work, operate businesses, and raise families.
Vol 1 (2016)
The Journal includes articles on new frameworks, theories, or concepts; data-driven research articles; program evaluations, qualitative or quantitative case studies and/or opinion pieces that highlight or analyze the role played by institutions of higher education* in:
- Promoting economic development, innovation, and entrepreneurship, especially through interdisciplinary initiatives and public-private partnerships;
- Improving the impact, reach, and applicability of the institution’s research—and improving the impact and reach of other strategic niches of expertise—to enhance institutional and regional competitiveness;
- Applying basic and applied research to solve an industry’s—or the region’s—most pressing challenges;
- Leveraging institutional research and other resources to accelerate business formation and growth, develop new products and services, and/or link local businesses to the global economy through foreign investment or trade;
- Engaging and linking elements of their region’s innovation ecosystem;
- Developing and implementing solutions to their region’s human capital and workforce needs;
- Facilitating access by various constituents to information or institutional resources; and
- Stewardship for vibrant regions:
- Innovative economies,
- Livable communities,
- Social inclusion, and
- Collaborative governance
The journal also seeks submissions addressing the theoretical underpinnings on exactly why and how university-led economic development benefits society.
* For the purposes of this journal, institutions of higher education include community colleges, 4-year colleges, universities, consortiums of these types of entities, or affiliated institutions with an economic development mission, to include university-hosted Small Business Development Center, business incubators, business accelerators, research and technology parks, etc.