Creating and Maintaining Regional Consortia for Professional Development

Session Time and Location

Thu, 7 Jun 2018
9:45am to 10:45am
Room: Room:
Maplewood B
Session Track
Session Format

The benefits of higher education associations are well documented in both the literature (Blessinger and Cozza, 2016; Bletz and Dotolo, 2016) and our own experiences. Representing a long-standing regional consortium of 17 public institutions, we discuss and strategize how to translate international best practices in educational development into more local contexts given diverse political, financial, and organizational challenges. Our consortium reorganized in 2014 with new governing documents and meets twice in person and twice online each year. Participants will consider elements like charters, membership, scheduling, goals, purpose, etc., leaving with an action plan to guide post-conference activities.


  • Session References +

    Beltz, N. V., Dotolo, L. G., eds. (2016). Pushing the boundaries of collaboration: What consortia can accomplish. Upland, CA: Blackbird Press.

    Blessinger, P., and Cozza, B. (2016). University partnerships for academic programs and professional development. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing. Bingley, UK.

    Burley, D., et al. Leveraging higher education consortia for institutional advancement. The International Journal of Educational Management. 26:3 (2012): 274-283.

    Dotolo, L. G., and Strandness, J. T. (1999). Best practices in higher education consortia: How institutions can work together. New Directions for Higher Education, no. 106. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

    Gray, D., Brown, S., and Macanufo, J. (2010) Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly.

    Kezar, A. J., and Lester, J. (2009). Organizing Higher Education for Collaboration: A Guide for Campus Leaders. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons.