Shared Governance Models for a University and an Aligned Technical College

Topics: Program Prioritization, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs, Accreditation, Shared Services, Administrative Service Delivery Models, Administration and Finance

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This project examines shared services models for a university and an aligned technical college.

Read the full report for information on faculty unions, admissions and accreditation processes, and academic planning at technical colleges. You'll also learn about the timeline, costs, and challenges associated with transitioning to a model of increased integration.

  • Key observations from our research

    1. Two primary factors determine whether to share a certain service between aligned institutions: the maintenance of institutional identity and student convenience/access.
    2. Contacts establish co-location leadership councils, which meet once a month to discuss campus-wide initiatives and strategic planning.
    3. Contacts offer introductory level courses at the four-year institution and career-specific courses at the two-year institution to reduce resource overlap and promote student transfer.
    4. Websites and dialogue sessions that detail upcoming changes build trust and support for the integration efforts among students, faculty, and staff.