Washington University’s partnership with Boeing is a recent example of the kind of business-university collaboration being championed by the Business-Higher Education Forum.  photocredit: Getty

The Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) is setting the standard for how to craft partnerships between universities and private employers that address the talent needs of the nation’s workforce, particularly those enterprises requiring digital and technological skills.

Nearly 40 years old, the BHEF is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of Fortune 500 executives, major university presidents and other national educational leaders. In addition to its influential national policy voice, BHEF has focused on regional collaborations between its business and academic members that build durable degree programs, curricula and work-based learning in high-demand fields.

The maturation of BHEF’s work, supported in part by a

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