ERIC Number: ED189965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Planning for Interinstitutional Cooperation. AIR Forum 1980 Paper.
Mahoney, Heidi L.
Techniques for managing conflict between colleges were used as a context for evaluating interinstitutional goal setting. The specific study objective was to identify techniques used to stimulate and control creative dissension that is an essential part of significant cooperative endeavors. A questionnaire was pilot tested with 40 members of a cooperative consortium and the investigation was conducted with 111 directors of academic consortia. Participants were asked to rank on a six-point scale the relative effectiveness of 55 conflict management techniques and to indicate those which were used in their consortium. Results indicated that conflict is controlled primarily through avoidance. Techniques that rely on analysis of objective data are rarely used as the basis for decisions on cooperative programs. Test items that described broadly consultative procedures for the determination of goals to be achieved through joint efforts were perceived to be highly effective conflict management techniques. It is suggested that institutions that are concerned with advancing cooperation must first look at their institutional data bases and the possibility of developing standardized systems with cooperative institutions. Areas that are critical to the success of shared ventures include cost analysis, needs assessment, program assessment, and communication. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1980
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (20th, Atlanta, GA, April 27-May 1, 1980).