Main Article Content
This paper reviews the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center (UC) program, which encompasses 58 UCs across EDA’s six regions. A review of each UC’s activities reveals a diverse, and often specialized, expertise for UCs that reflects and integrates best practices in economic development. Older UCs more often focus on traditional economic development activities, such as technical assistance to organizations in their service region, while newer UCs reflect learning and best practices by focusing on entrepreneurship support, targeted commercialization of research, workforce development, and business counseling associated with Third Wave strategies. This work informs not only the scholarly community about the depth and diversity of the UC program, but also economic development practitioners who may work with UCs on economic development initiatives.
Authors retain copyright; however, the Journal of University Economic Development and its publisher, the University Economic Development Association (UEDA), have been granted an irrevocable, nonexclusive, and royalty-free right to publish these articles.
The Authors shall, without limitation, have the right to use the Article in any form or format in connection with the Author’s teaching, conference presentations, lectures, other scholarly works, and for all of the Authors' academic and professional activities.
The Author s shall at any time have the right to make, or to authorize others to make, a preprint or a final published version of the Article available in digital form over the Internet, including, but not limited to, a website under the control of the Author or the Author’s employer or through digital repositories including, but not limited to, those maintained by scholarly societies, funding agencies, or the Author’s employer.
Any of the foregoing permitted uses of the Article, or of a work based substantially on the Article, shall include an appropriate citation to the Article, stating that it has been or is to be published in the Journal, with name and date of the Journal publication and the Internet address for the website of the Journal.
Bowen, W. M. (2007). Evolutionary Systems Theory, Universities, and Endogenous Regional Economic Development. Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 20(2), 31-40. SRI International (2014). Making connections: Evaluation project to assess best practices in EDA's University Center Program. SRI International. U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. Retrieved June 12, 2015
Clinton, W.J. and A. Gore, Jr., 1993, Technology for America's Economic Growth. A New Direction to Build Economic Growth (Executive Office of the President,
Corbin, J. & Strauss, A. (1990). Grounded theory research: Procedures, canons, and evaluative criteria. Qualitative Sociology, 13(1), 3-21.
Decker, R., Haltiwanger,Jo., Jarmin, R. & Miranda, J. (2014) The role of
entrepreneurship in us job creation and economic dynamism. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 28(3), 3-24. doi:10.1257/jep.28.3.3
Department of Commerce. (2013). Economic Development Administration fiscal year 2013 annual report. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Commerce. Retrieved June 12, 2015
Fatzinger, G. B. (1979). Strengthening economic and small business development through university outreach efforts. Journal of Small Business Management, 17(3), 59-64.
Franklin, Nancy E. 2009. "The Need Is Now: University Engagement in Regional Economic Development." Journal of Higher Education Outreach And
Engagement 13, no. 4: 51-73. ERIC, EBSCOhost (accessed June 16, 2015).
Goldstein, H. and Drucker, J. (2006). The economic development impacts of universities on regions: do size and distance matter? Economic Development Quarterly. 20. 22–43.
Glesne, C. (2011). Becoming qualitative researchers: an introduction. Boston: Pearson, 2011.
Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities. 1999. Returning to our roots: The engaged institution. Washington, DC: National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.
Lee, Y. S. (1996). ‘Technology transfer’ and the research university: A search for the boundaries of university-industry collaboration. Research policy, 25(6), 843-863.
Leyden, D. P., & Link, A. N. (2013). Knowledge spillovers, collective entrepreneurship, and economic growth: the role of universities. Small Business Economics, 41(4), 797-817. doi:10.1007/s11187-013-9507-7
Mullin, J., Kotval, Z., & Cooper, J. (n.d). The university and local economic
development. Transylvanian Review Of Administrative Sciences, 126-136.
National Center on Education and the Economy. 2007. Tough choices or tough times. The Report of the New Commission on the Skills for the American Workforce. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
PACEC. (2010). The higher education knowledge exchange system in the United States. [Online]. Retrieved on 3 October 2010 from:
Pope, C., Ziebland, S., & Mays, N. (2000). Qualitative research in health care: Analysing qualitative data. British Medical Journal, 320, 114-116.
Siegel, D. S., Waldman, D. A., Atwater, L. E., & Link, A. N. (2003). Commercial knowledge transfers from universities to firms: improving the effectiveness of university–industry collaboration. The Journal of High Technology Management Research, 14(1), 111-133.
Stephan, P. (2001). Educational implications of university–industry technology transfer. Journal of Technology Transfer, 26, 199–205.
Thelin, John. 2004. A history of American higher education. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.