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ERIC Number: EJ943179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1027
Innovation through Collaboration: New Pathways to Success
Forcier, Mary Frances
Trusteeship, v19 n5 p8-12 Sep-Oct 2011
The challenges facing American higher education today require transformative action. Amid a global economic crisis that has greatly diminished resources available to colleges and universities, the demands from legislators and the public to improve affordability, increase completion rates, and become more accountable grow more insistent each day. In higher education, which relies on "tradition" as a key value proposition, innovation has often been viewed with suspicion. But one innovation that is more valuable than ever is the development of higher-education consortia. The collaboration among institutions that is facilitated by consortia is a vital lever for transformational change--the type of change that will enable colleges and universities to not just survive but to prosper. This article examines the increasingly important role effective consortia are playing in higher education. Three take-aways are presented. (1) Collaboration among colleges through consortia can be a vital lever for the kind of transformational change that individual institutions can't achieve on their own. Consortia amount to more than the sum of their parts. (2) Although originally focused on improving institutional efficiency by sharing resources and services, consortia today often emphasize improving effectiveness by encouraging innovation. Finally, (3) When considering participation in consortia, board members and institutional leaders must consider the benefits, costs, structural changes, and added value of the venture. Successful consortia share the risk and the reward. (Contains 1 resource and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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