We wanted to draw you attention to an article over on FE News from Suzanne Duncan, Principal and Chief Executive at East Durham College. Taking her cue from the Government consultation on Outcomes Based Success Measures last year, Suzanne argues that the thrust of what the Government is saying is this:
“We believe that colleges should be economic dynamos in the heart of the community they serve. Now go and prove that’s what you are.”
She then goes on to give some thoughts on how this can be achieved, including several references to some of the great work the College has been doing with EMSI, including consultancy which comparing curriculum with the skills demands of the local labour market, use of Career Coach to help people make informed choices as to the training and careers they want to enter into, and an Economic Impact Study to quantify the effect the College has on various stakeholders in society.