ERIC Number: ED201279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Consortium Administration in Higher Education.
Burke, Peter J.
The history of consortia in American colleges and universities is traced, and the Wisconsin Improvement Program (WIP) is described as an example of a consortium. Additionally, the characteristics of formal consoritum arrangements are examined. The existence of a full-time professional administrator is one clear characteristic of a formal consortium arrangement. One administrative concern of the consortium is that the executive may make policy without the board. Six basic rules for executive officers are offered. The WIP is a special unit in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After 20 years, WIP is a consortium of 18 Wisconsin colleges and universities and the State Department of Public Instruction. The major focus of this consortium has been the administration of a teacher intern program for the member institutions. The following aspects of WIP are considered: organization, representation of member institutions in the decision making and administration, funding sources, research that has been conducted, and future research needs. The internship program is characterized by a team design. The undergraduate interns are assigned to a team of teachers, and one or more interns work as part of the team under the supervision of a principal and one or more experienced teachers. The design is flexible in organization, task assignment, scheduling, and planning. In conclusion, the need to develop a plan for research, for organizational effectiveness, and to deal with internal and external conflict is stressed. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, College School Cooperation, Consortia, Cooperative Planning, Educational Cooperation, Educational History, Financial Support, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Organizational Effectiveness, Program Descriptions, Schools of Education, Teacher Interns, Team Teaching, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Wisconsin Madison; Wisconsin Improvement Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).