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The current context in higher education is becoming increasinglycomplex. Coupled with this organizational complexitiy of operationsis a climate of diminishing resources and funding for education ingeneral. Calls for educational reform and limitedMoreThe current context in higher education is becoming increasinglycomplex. Coupled with this organizational complexitiy of operationsis a climate of diminishing resources and funding for education ingeneral. Calls for educational reform and limited resources makecollaborative responses an attractive option because of the abilityto pool talent and resources. Collaborative efforts take manyforms. Partnerships may emerge from insitutions working together, departments working across institutions or with community partners, or colleges and universities pairing across national borders.Likewise, collaborations may emerge between and among facultymembers that resemble more traditional research projects. Fromthese faculty collaborations, organizational partnerships may thendevelop. This monograph explroes the key building blocks required tocreate successful joint ventures. One section reviews partnershipsfrom an institutional perspective, another covers individualcollaborations, and a section on future issues identifies threatsto partnerships, emergence of international partnerships, and stepsto create strategic partnerships.The target audience for this volume includes those interested indeveloping partnerships or better supporting existing alliances.Administrators with a goal of using partnerships to parlayorganizational strengths while saving resources can anticipateproblems with the formation of partnerships, undersnd the elemtnsthat provide support for group work, and learn how to frame thepartnership to leverage commitment through a shared vision. Facultyinterested in collaboration will find many valuable insightsregarding the right questions to ask before committing to aproject. And policymakers and grant-funding agencies can use theinformation to craft mandates and grant language to best supportsuccessful partnerships. ultimately, understanding the process ofdeveloping partnerships can result in more successfulcollaborations.This is Vol 36 Issue 2 of the Jossey Bass Ashe HigherEducation Report. Each monograph in the series is thedefinitive analysis of a tough higher education problem, based onthorough research of pertinent literature and institutionalexperiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Notedpractitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write thereports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscriptbefore publication.