Sustainable Industry-University Partnerships
Accountability as a Model for Program Development
Keywords:Professional and Technical Writing, Advisory Boards, Accountability, Industry Partnerships, Outreach, Professional Development
This article reports on how graduate professional and technical writing (PTW) programs can reframe engagement with industry through an accountability-based model as a novel way of solving student and program problems. This article discusses the standup of an Advisory Board, composed of representatives from across industries in our region, and the results of the focus groups and iterative research practices we used to gain feedback and develop ethical interventions for PTW programming. We show how our engagement process, research, and resulting accountability model are scalable to other programs and industry-university collaborations as one method for ensuring positive student outcomes and professional growth in PTW programs.