Hill discusses higher ed and economic development mission at university forum

Posted: January 3, 2015

The Ohio Manufacturing Institute welcomed Edward W. (Ned) Hill, dean and professor of economic development at the Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, to discuss "The role of higher education in development and the role of economic development in higher education," on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

A version of his presentation is available by clicking here.

The presentation builds on the concept of a higher educational institution as a multi-product organization, relating these products to both the mission and balance sheet of the organization. These outputs from higher education are then connected to the practices of economic and community development.  

The result is a set of insights that helps to differentiate higher educational institutions and the roles that they can take in economic and community development. The concepts of servant leadership, engaged scholarship, and institutional self-interest are connected to the tradition of land grant universities as the tactical means of shaping university culture. Insights about countervailing forces come from the principle-agent problem.

Edward W. (Ned) Hill is Dean and Professor of Economic Development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs; Nonresident Senior Fellow of The Brookings Institution, where he is affiliated with the Metropolitan Policy Program; and Nonresident Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the University of California at Berkeley though his membership in the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Building Resilient Regions. He chaired the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) from 2007 to 2010, where he remains a member of the advisory board.

Ned writes on economic development and urban public policy and edited Economic Development Quarterly from 1994 to 2005.  His latest co-authored book, Economic Adversity and Regional Economic Resilience, is to be published by Cornell University Press in late 2015. His curriculum vitae is available by clicking here.