ERIC Number: ED435299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Designing the Future: A Collective Strategy for Independent Colleges and Universities. Conversation Draft.
Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, DC.
This paper offers suggestions for ways in which private higher education institutions can work together toward common goals. The first part, "Common Framework," outlines a shared reform agenda. It identifies common commitments of independent institutions and stresses three shared goals: enhanced learning; a meaningful worklife for faculty, administrators, and staff; and financial sustainability. The second part, "Elements of a Collective Strategy," uses the metaphor of a "mutual self-help network," to build a strategy based on a common agenda and the three goals of the framework, on a commitment and willingness to share good ideas and practices with others, and on an interest in learning from others and the desirability of drawing upon the accomplishments of similar institutions. The paper envisions two kinds of information to be shared: information on effective practices and information on educational designs. The channels of communication for sharing this information will consist of three components: written materials, interaction with practitioners, and training. (DB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Educational Practices, Higher Education, Institutional Advancement, Organizational Development, Private Colleges, Program Design
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, DC.