and Rochester Institute of Technology, and the State of New York.
During the workshop, case presentations were made by representatives of the partnering organizations, each of whom were asked to address the following, standard set of questions:
What were each partner's motivations in entering into the partnership? What were the expected outcomes? What were the primary concerns in arranging the partnership? What were the major impediments to establishing the partnership and to implementing it? What has been the most surprising aspect of the partnership as it has evolved?
What is the relative amount of applied and basic research attempted or accomplished by the partnership? How does this research differ from that conducted by individual investigators under government sponsorship? Industrial researchers often express concern that the nation's basic research capacity is being eroded; does this industry-sponsored research correct or exacerbate that trend? How do partnerships that originate with industry differ from those whose impetus comes from universities seeking matching support from industry for government grants?
How is the success of the partnership evaluated? What measures are in place to ensure adequate transfer of knowledge among the parties to the partnership? Describe the processes for both critical decision making and conflict resolution that have been established for the partnership. How important is physical proximity, or actual presence on campus, to the success of this venture? How important is the exchange of personnel between members of the university and of the industry lab? How has such exchange been accomplished?
What roles do graduate students play in the collaboration? How have concerns about graduate students—including project continuity, confidentiality, the students' need to publish—affected the structure of the partnership? Can partnerships lead to broader changes in the curriculum and educational approach universities take toward undergraduate and graduate education?