ERIC Number: ED202294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: 0
"The Rochester Consortium": A Developmental Program on Improving Post-Secondary Educational Accessibility Through Inter-Institutional Cooperation in the Southern Minnesota Area.
Wakefield, Wilbur L.
The Rochester Regional Center, or consortium, a cooperative arrangement involving several public and private postsecondary institutions in the Southern Minnesota area, is described. The regional center is designed to provide studies leading to bachelor's and master's degrees through joint services and courses offered by institutions from four public systems and three private colleges. The students vary widely in age, educational background, occupation, and goals. For some the consortium provides an opportunity for continuing education in their profession, and others participate for advanced degrees and better jobs, or for reentry into the work force. The program was established because historically the educational needs of the area's population have been underserved, especially at the upper division and graduate levels. The events that led to the establishment of the regional center are traced. An advisory task force, comprised of lay citizens and postsecondary institution members, serves as a forum to discuss community needs, potential problems, and concerns of programs and students. The consortium does not grant degrees, does not offer credit for classes, or employ instructors. Each of the individual institutions perform these functions according to their usual operating procedures. The consortium was designed to utilize existing resources, eliminate unnecessary duplication in the region, promote regional planning and coordination, and explore means for increasing interinstitutional cooperation in meeting articulated local and regional needs. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.
Identifiers: Minnesota (South); Rochester Consortium MN; Seminars for State Leaders Postsec Ed (ECS SHEEO)
Note: Paper presented at a Seminar for State Leaders in Postsecondary Education (Orlando, FL, February 1977).