Scope of Advisory Group #9:
UC Role in Economic Development

Universities, including UC, are increasingly being asked to be active participants in economic development efforts. Pressure for more active involvement comes from state and local government, from industry segments, and from many other local and regional constituencies of the University. As a result, universities are providing a wide range of services and programs--technical assistance programs, incubators, research parks, workforce training, manufacturing extension services, economic research--in support of regional development efforts. While these activities frequently enjoy high visibility in the community and are important aspects of the university's relation with industry, they often are only tangentially related to the traditional roles of the university and their results frequently do not meet the expectations of either the university or the community. It is clear that universities can do many things. It is much less clear what the university should do and under what circumstances.

Advisory Group #9 will discuss what are appropriate economic activities for UC to be involved in and will prepare recommendations to guide UC as it faces pressures from both within and without to be more active in economic development.

Participants in Advisory Group #9:
UC Role in Economic Development

Mary L. Walshok (Chair)
Dean, University Extension

Gary Matkin (Specialist)
Associate Dean, University Extension

Larry Baack
President, Bay Area Economic Forum
San Francisco, CA

Mark Coburn
Director, Office of Sponsored Projects

Octavia Diener
President, Densmore Engines
Fresno, CA

Robert C. Dynes

Valentin Fikovsky
Associate Director, Office of Technology

Siegfried S. Hecker
Lab Director

Charles Kennel
Executive Vice Chancellor

Archie Kleingartner
Special Assistant to the Chancellor

Jerry Mandel
Vice Chancellor for Development
and University Relations

Karena McKinley
Acting Director for Industrial
Partnerships and Commercialization

David Mowery
Deputy Director, Consortium
on Competitiveness and Cooperation

William Otterson
Director, CONNECT

Larry N. Vanderhoef

Eugene Wong
Professor, Electronic Engineering
and Computer Sciences

Report of Advisory Group #9:
UC Role in Economic Development

Basic Principles:

The university must adjust (by leading) to the astonishing new and increasingly collaborative ways of creating, inter-relating, disseminating and applying knowledge. It must provide leadership, not only in terms of economic development but, in terms of the entire spectrum of human activities to which knowledge is relevant.

A fundamental mission of the university in a knowledge-based society where research is such a vital resource for the entire spectrum of human activities is to serve society across all of its research and teaching programs, not just in science, technology and business.

UC needs to do a better job of reporting its diverse contributions to regional economies and develop more diverse "user friendly" metrics of its impact on the state, e.g., new jobs, graduates, policy, public forums, economic growth, etc.

UC "culture" needs to embrace the various ways in which community/economic interactions "enrich" the student educational experience and facilitate research activities.

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Specific Recommendations:

Comments on the Report of Advisory Group #9:
UC Role in Economic Development

The following recommendations were offered by

~ Siegfried S. Hecker
Laboratory Director
Los Alamos National Laboratory

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