Planning for Higher Education Journal

Breaking Barriers

A Collaborative Approach to Problem-Solving Created a Culture of Campus Innovation
Cover (Breaking Barriers)
From Volume 49 Number 2 | January–March 2021
By Denise M. Overfield, PhD, Janet Pilcher, PhD, and Amber M.K. Smallwood, PhD

Institutions referenced in this resource:
University of West Georgia

This article outlines the process by which a public university sought to develop and grow a culture of problem-solving and innovation at a time when the institution was undergoing a number of transitions. By developing a Barriers Team, the institution brought together a group of individuals representing all aspects of the university and charged the members with tackling barriers to success. The authors outline how they used the institution’s strategic plan as a starting point, and then describe the steps, provide examples, and reflect on the long-range viability of the approach.

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