ERIC Number: ED496374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Getting a Grip on Strategic Alliances
Johnston, Susan Whealler; Noftsinger, John B., Jr.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v12 n4 Jul-Aug 2004
The authors of this article maintain that in times that call for doing more with less, partnerships among institutions may hold the key to leveraging resources and enhancing program effectiveness. Collaboration is useful when most institutions are facing tremendous budget strains; intensifying demographic pressures are confronting all of higher education; and the public is seeking assurance of fiscally responsible institutional operations and claims of academic success. Yet embracing collaboration doesn't necessarily mean doing away with healthy competition. Colleges and universities can be the catalyst in forming alliances that improve local, national, and international communities and solve the complex challenges our world faces. Institutions can reap large rewards by having clearly articulated programmatic goals that serve mutual interests, by trusting their partners, and by deemphasizing short-term reciprocity. Consortia adds value through cost containment, academic program enhancement, service to the community, and it is good public policy. Successful consortia have frequent, open communication among members, and trust is a common feature of that communication.
Descriptors: Consortia, Higher Education, Public Policy, Educational Finance, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Cost Effectiveness, Performance Factors, Social Values, Partnerships in Education
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.