Marquette Earns 3M Grant to
Address Challenges of
Outsourcing and the World Economy
August 9, 2004
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University today announced a $50,000 Vision
Grant, awarded by the 3M Foundation, to develop curriculum aimed
at increasing student preparedness to compete in a world economy
marked by outsourcing of U.S. jobs.
The grant, one of only five awarded to private U.S. colleges
and universities by 3M, will provide necessary funding to pursue
an educational response to the challenges of offshore outsourcing.
Dr. George F. Corliss, of Marquette's College
of Engineering, and Dr. Kate Kaiser and Dr. Monica Adya, of
the College of Business Administration,
authored the proposal for a comprehensive response to the changing
landscape of the business world.
Dr. Corliss commented, “We must take a different approach to
preparing our students to meet these new challenges, but we also
must make sure that they are able to seize the opportunities the
world market presents. The issue of outsourcing is not as simple
as our politicians would have us believe. In fact, it is quite
complex, and this grant will help Marquette develop new ways of
building on our foundation as a Catholic, Jesuit university to
prepare our students to be competitive in the decades to come.”
Marquette University will match the grant funds 100% in order
to begin a curriculum review and launch new outreach activities.
Specifically, Marquette plans to form an industrial advisory board
of regional firms to determine business needs that will lead to
targeted curriculum changes to meet those needs. Marquette will
also host an Outsourcing Forum for industry and academic organizations
to share information and develop partnership opportunities. Marquette
will lead efforts to initiate a partnership with select universities
in Asia to learn about societal, economic, and cultural impacts
of outsourcing from an international perspective.
The 3M Vision Grant is designed to foster innovation in private
colleges by supporting new, academically-based initiatives that
connect students with their communities to solve problems. 3M
officials were on campus at Marquette to present the first installment
of the award.
Ken Smith, plant manager of 3M Touch Systems in Milwaukee, commented,
“This is a way for us to support students who want to understand
the new economy and gain the skills they'll need to succeed in
it. We are proud to encourage programs like this at Marquette
that will truly prepare tomorrow's leaders to succeed in the world