ERIC Number: ED240890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Regional Resource Sharing: A Strategy for Improving Western Higher Education in an Era of Limits.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
The advantages of resource sharing in higher education are discussed, and the role of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) in facilitating cooperation is considered. A primary concern is to overcome the barriers of state boundaries to promote academic planning in the West. These issues are considered in a WICHE conference paper, commentaries from four panelists at the WICHE conference, and a summary of the major points made during a question and answer period. It is noted that regional cooperation can ensure that: not every state or every institution needs to be comprehensive in its higher education offerings; high-cost, low-demand programs are not duplicated; resources are allocated or reallocated more efficiently across the region, or among groupings of states; institutional resources are combined or coordinated to improve program effectiveness; and student access to uncommon programs is protected. Among the activities of WICHE are professional student exchange programs, cooperative manpower planning, and interstate program coordination. Additional topics include the nature of retrenchment, telecommunications, cooperative programming, and the role that WICHE might play with policy-makers. Commentaries are provided by William Richardson, William Boyd, Martha Butt, and Ann Mary Dussault. (SW)
Descriptors: Agency Role, College Programs, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Educational Planning, Educational Supply, Geographic Regions, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Regional Cooperation, Resource Allocation, Shared Services, Student Exchange Programs
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, P.O. Drawer P, Boulder, CO 80302.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.