By pushing the boundaries of higher education, consortia have the opportunity to engage in partnerships to improve the overall mission of the consortium. This publication emphasizes the high quality of projects that consortia throughout the country have achieved in an effort to enhance higher education. The sustainable projects and institutions working together is highlighted by the authors in their chapters and are unique in structure that can be duplicated in other regions of the U.S. and beyond. Many of the authors stress the importance of the collaborative process, leading us to believe that when we share information and knowledge, we have a unified vision of success for all partners associated with the consortium. Several of the projects in this publication clearly demonstrate the ingenuity and entrepreneurship that exists in consortia and how they have had a major impact on higher education. The efforts of these consortia to promote significant cooperation, both internally and externally, are admirable and give us a sense of what consortia can accomplish. The authors collectively share their expertise and lessons learned to provide a foundation to enrich the future for all consortia.
Academic consortia offer colleges and universities the opportunity to share resources--and thus save money and increase efficiency without sacrificing program quality. This volume of New Directions for Higher Education gives detailed accounts of activities and programs that existing consortia have already refined, providing practical models that can be replicated or modified by other institutions. Drawing from first-hand experience, the authors describe how to start and sustain a consortium, and share the benefits and lessons learned from consortial collaborations in areas such as library cooperation, cross-registration, the use of technology, the joint purchasing of goods and services, admissions and recruitment practices, and faculty development. This is the 106th issue of the quarterly journal "New Directions for Higher Education."
Provides examples of the benefits of consortial and external partnerships which have proven to be successful for all the participants. Covers such topics as leveraging resources, K-12 partnerships, economic development, community development, workforce development, technology partnerships, library cooperation, partnerships to serve the military, group purchasing, inter-institutional faculty collaboration, television partnerships, cooperation in international programs, and assessing a consortium s effectiveness.
The many different collaborative programs highlighted in this volume are innovative, efficient, and successful. They could be duplicated by other institutions working together with the goal of enhancing access to higher education. The chapter authors have years of experience in operating in a cooperative setting, and their expertise has greatly improved the work of their individual consortium. Working in a cooperative setting gives institutions the ability to meet the demands of access while sharing their resources. This volume can serve as an effective guide to institutions.