ERIC Number: ED180340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Benefits of Collegiate Cooperation: A Digest of the Costs and Benefits of Interinstitutional Programs with Consortium Case Studies and Guidelines.
Patterson, Lewis D., Ed.; Ackley, H. Clayton, Ed.
Voluntary interinstitutional cooperation is examined as a method of overcoming the financial constraints of retrenchment. Findings from 37 case studies on the costs and benefits of various cooperative programs are summarized. The programs reflect both the complexity and variety of interreliance that has evolved among American institutions. It is shown that voluntary interinstitutional cooperation, in addition to other advantages, is and can be cost effective. The programs are divided into six categories: cross-registration, library and media cooperation, cooperative student services, group purchasing, cooperative nontraditional programs, and cooperative academic programs. Cross-registration programs were found to enlarge educational options at little or no extra cost. Library and media cooperation programs were developed out of economic necessity and involve over 90,000 libraries in the U.S. today. Cooperative student services programs provide the needed range and quality of services and at the same time reduce expenditures. These programs include cooperative admissions, career planning, and placement services. Group purchasing, undertaken by a few college consortia, has also proven to be a cost effective measure. The discussions of cooperative nontraditional and academic programs include descriptions of distance learning systems, off-campus programs, shared facilities, and joint academic departments. A list of consortia and their participating institutions is included. (SF)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Affiliated Schools, Consortia, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Economics, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Library Cooperation, Resource Allocation, Retrenchment, Shared Services
Council for Institutional Leadership, P.O. Box 6293, University, AL 35486
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Council for Interinstitutional Leadership, University, AL.
Note: For related document see HE 012 074.