ERIC Number: ED039839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-1
Reference Count: 0
Conflict in Interinstitutional Cooperation.
Lancaster, Richard B.
In the past 15 years, there has been a great upsurge in interinstitutional cooperation, a momentum which will probably increase in the next 15 years. In order to find answers to some basic questions affecting consortia, the Midwest Association for Higher Education (MAHE)-a pseudonym-was studied. This paper deals primarily with the question: what conflicts arise as interdependency increases and how are these conflicts managed in such a way as to preserve the interinstitutional character of the consortium? Conflict in MAHE was directly primarily toward the central office, and to some extent toward other colleges in the cooperative. The specific conflicts seemed to center around four central problem areas: (1) the role and scope of the central office; (2) the distribution of limited resources; (3) the heterogeneity of member institutions attempting to seek common goals; and (4) administrative procedures and management as the consortium developed. The four mechanisms used for resolving conflict between the colleges and the central office were: (1) a clear division of labor; (2) a system of checks and balances; (3) formation of coalitions; and (4) a philosophical ethos of voluntarism. Since conflict will inevitably arise in any kind of cooperative effort, it is vital to learn to deal with it constructively. (AF)
Descriptors: Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Consortia, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Problems
Lew Patterson, Editor, The Acquainter, Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education, 4901 Main, Suite 320, Kansas City, Missouri 64112
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Loyola Univ., Chicago, IL.
Note: Paper delivered at an Academic Consortium Seminar, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, March 1, 1970