Planning for Higher Education Journal

Strategic Collaboration in an Increasingly Interconnected World

A Primer on the Possibilities of Consortium Building
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From Volume 42 Number 2 | January–March 2014
By Eileen L. Strempel

Consortia tend to be groups of either public or private institutions that have formed an alliance that allows them to achieve more collectively than they could individually, and consortial efforts are gaining moment as significant powerhouses in enhancing academic life on campus and reducing administrative expenses. This article examines some of the current consortial models, which have two primary areas of focus: academic affairs and administrative functions. The potential for building academic breadth/depth on campus and the possibility of cost savings offer a powerful incentive for institutions to explore avenues for substantial consortial efforts. This overview includes a question set that should be addressed before embarking on a collaboration.

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