Creating and Maintaining Regional Consortia for Professional Development
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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.