Title

A Study of Faculty Participation in Voluntary Higher Education Consortia and an Analysis of the Incentives and Rewards Offered By Consortia with High Levels of Faculty Involvement

Date of Award

1976

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Higher Education

Advisor(s)

Richard W. Jonsen

Keywords

Expansion, Higher education, Cooperative efforts

Subject Categories

Education

Abstract

Two polar opposite trends, the rapid expansion of American higher education during the decade of the Sixties and its retrenchment during the Seventies, have stimulated the growth and development of cooperative efforts among colleges and universities. One form, the voluntary, multipurpose consortium, has emerged as a growing format and vehicle for inter-institutional cooperation. In the forty-year period between 1925 and 1965, nineteen consortia were founded in the United States. In contrast, eighty-seven new consortia were formed during the ten-year period between 1965 and 1975. It should be noted that although several consortia disbanded during this period, the trend in recent years has been unmistakenly in the direction of increased rates of consortium formation.

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