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ERIC Number: ED176662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Educational Cooperation: An Examination of Fourteen Consortia.
Lepchenske, George L.
The development of consortia and cooperative educational services in higher education in response to financial pressures and social and governmental influences is examined. Consortia or cooperatives may be multi-channeled efforts, with each member struggling to advance its own self-interest at the cost of united goals and efforts, or thriving cooperative ventures in higher educational management. The successful consortia are buttressed by individual member support, effective leadership, and sound financial backing. A random sample of 27 consortia were contacted by mail and asked to provide information about motivation formation, services shared, administrative organization, and an informal evaluation of the effectiveness of the operation. Responses received from 14 of the consortia indicated that funding comes from many sources in addition to contributions of member institutions and assessments made on program participants. In many cases, consortia were able to get grants on the basis of pooled resources that were not available to the smaller member units. Analysis of the purpose or goal statements of the 14 consortia indicated that the prime concerns were to improve the quality of programs, to save money, to serve the community, and to expand educational opportunities. In all cases, some form of shared services included facilities and/or staff. High-cost, low enrollment programs were the most common joint curricular ventures. By combining resources, consortia are able to respond effectively to community needs. (SC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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