Better together: Colleges form academic alliances

by Sherrie Negrea, University Business

Groups of institutions provide new learning and research opportunities—and expand funding. Colleges and universities across the country are creating shared courses, new academic majors and innovative research programs through consortia that combine the resources of multiple campuses. The growing number of these groups, now estimated at 60 nationwide, has also provided new opportunities for faculty to collaborate on research and teaching strategies. While many institutions initially teamed up to share functions such as library services, the power of numbers has allowed groups of small colleges to expand course offerings and save money by sharing faculty.

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