ERIC Number: EJ883587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: N/A
Can Colleges Really Collaborate?
Welch, Edwin H.
Trusteeship, v16 n3 p22-26 May-Jun 2008
Seven small private colleges in three states have found a way to reduce their administrative technology costs and expand their technological capability at the same time. They have done it by choosing the common-sense, yet unconventional, college and university strategy of genuine collaboration. The result, the Independent College Enterprise (ICE), has significantly reduced costs and increased services for its members. The Independent College Enterprise began in 1997 when presidents from four sometimes-competitive institutions were propelled by rising technology demands and costs to search for a new approach to meeting their needs. Successfully pursued, collaboration can improve quality, expand resources, and reduce costs--all desired goals for presidents and trustees. This article tells the story of this successful collaboration and emphasizes how it may encourage other institutions to think creatively about collaborative ventures.
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Educational Technology, Costs, Technology Planning, Information Technology, Cost Effectiveness, Trustees, Governing Boards, Governance, College Presidents, College Administration, Guidelines, Cooperative Planning, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Barriers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; Virginia; West Virginia