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ERIC Number: ED262828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Joining in Joint Endeavors.
Robinson, David G.
Although interinstitutional cooperation in higher education is not new, colleges have historically functioned as independent agencies whose activities have reinforced competitiveness and separateness. Current financial conditions, board mandates, and the realization that more can be accomplished through cooperation have brought about a new wave of interinstitutional cooperation based upon a sharing of authority, power, and recognition. One of the most ambitious efforts reflecting this new wave is the Auraria Complex in Denver, in which three institutions of higher education have merged their resources, with each administering various elements of the college. Further evidence of the change in cooperative endeavors has been revealed by a recent survey of Florida community college presidents. Of the 23 colleges surveyed, 22 were engaged in some kind of cooperative effort and, of those, 16 had written agreements. Continuing and deepening this trend, which has been initiated at international, national, and local levels, will require changing the very fabric of postsecondary institutions. Important considerations for effecting this change include the following: (1) commitment must begin at the top; (2) students must come first; (3) cost effectiveness, rather than economic saving, will be the result; (4) if possible, programs should be voluntary; (5) the total impact of the arrangement on the institution should be considered; (6) agreements should be secured in writing; (7) the perception should be of a long-range project; (8) all staff, leaders, and implementors should be involved to ensure success, commitment, workability, and creativity; and (9) there should be an ultimate enrichment for students, giving them more than any singular institutional effort could. (MPH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Two-Plus-Two Conference (Tampa, FL, October 7-8, 1982).