ERIC Number: ED446657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of Multi-Institutional Networks. Working Paper #23.
Thomas, Nancy L.
This report to identifies techniques for designing and maintaining effective multi-institutional collaborative projects that also encourage the success of each individual institution. To discover these techniques, 17 people from colleges and universities, center, foundations, consulting organizations, and higher education programs that had been actively engaged in multi-institutional alliances were interviewed. Interviewee responses are discussed, providing recommendations regarding the formation and management of networks, and the role and responsibility of institutional participants are considered. The top priority in any multi-institutional project should be the individual participating institutions, and every collaborative project should be designed to improve the participating institutions. However, attention also needs to be paid to the collective and to informing the field of higher education in general. Carefully designed and managed cooperation can have profound effects with the results of collaborative projects being almost always better. Individuals and institutions participating in collaborative, multi-institutional projects should consider the following elements key to success: (1) a common purpose; (2) a rigorous selection process; (3) a commitment to educating participants on the arts of collaboration and institutional change; (4) commitments of human and financial resources to support the project; (5) a supportive infrastructure/project leader; (6) equal commitment from all participants; and (7) frequent and repeated contact among participants. For most multi-institutional projects, the intention behind them is that institutions will learn from collaboration, use the information, and change. An appendix lists the interviewees. (Author/EMS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston. New England Resource Center for Higher Education.