This book provides needed guidance and advice for how colleges and universities can reorganize to foster more collaborative work. In a time of declining resources, financial challenges, changing demographics, and staff overturn, institutions are looking for ways to maximize their resources and still be effective. This book is based on a study of campuses that have been successful in recreating their environments to support collaborative work.
“…Organizing Higher Education for Collaborationcould not have been placed on my reading list at a better time. Anycollege leader facing economic decision-making challenges will findthat regardless of their current circumstances and where they findthemselves on the collaboration continuum, the book’sexamples of four campuses with high levels of collaboration offerhope for all of us seeking to enhance student learning…Organizing Higher Education for Collaboration is thus a mosttimely of handbooks for change.
While the book is easy to read, the authors emphasize that theeffort required for transformation to occur is daunting.Fortunately, Kezar and Lester offer an extraordinarilywell-written, evidence-based lesson, replete with the hallmarks ofsuccess that will inspire anyone dedicated to student learning asubstantive guide on how to deliver on the promise.”
—NASPA Journal, 2009, Vol. 46, no. 3
“The authors reveal partnership possibilities, obstacles,and windfalls, and posit that genuine collaboration requires urgentaction, new organizational structures, and the reallocation ofcampus resources. Their keen insights and practical advice aretimely, given the economic uncertainty and dwindling resources thatoften breed competition instead of collaboration in American highereducation.”
—Peter M. Magolda, (The Review of Higher Education)