Planning for Higher Education Journal

Collaboration in Professional Development

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From Volume 31 Number 1 | September–November 2002
By Mitchell Williams, Kevin Pennington

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Western Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Any college or university involved in inter-institutional partnerships, especially one involving both two- and four-year institutions, can benefit by exposing faculty members to new ideas, teaching methods, teaching environments, and learning opportunities. Consortia and institutional partnerships can add a valuable dimension to planning for professional development in higher education, especially for rural institutions that are isolated. This article discusses the importance of collaboration in professional development and provides a case study on the development of one such partnership among 13 institutions of higher education in rural North Carolina.

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