Praise for Organizing Higher Education for Collaboration
"Thanks to Kezar and Lester we now have a primer about the why and how of fostering collaboration in colleges and universities resistant to such culture–bending efforts." George D. Kuh, Chancellor′s Professor and director, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University, Bloomington
"Kezar and Lester have systematically identified the organizational structures, policies, practices, and ways of thinking that must be aligned if the goal of the collaborative university is to become reality. This wonderfully accessible book brims with insights and concrete examples from four exemplary campuses that have made collaboration an institutional value and expectation. Educators seeking to foster interdisciplinarity; to build effective departments, centers, and institutes; to leverage institutional strengths across administrative boundaries; and to respond to the complex problems that challenge us as researchers, teachers, and members of local and global communities will be heartened to see the road to collaboration laid out so clearly." Lisa R. Lattuca, associate professor, education, and senior research associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education, The Pennsylvania State University?
"Kezar and Lester provide evidence that research and theory can be successfully connected to practice. They masterfully reveal both the hope and promise of collaboration with the challenges and reality of redesigning the organizational architecture and social/cultural systems to engage individuals, offices, and disciplines around a shared campus agenda. The book makes it clear that higher education cannot solve today′s complex campus issues with the same siloed structures that caused them. Those who find it hard to imagine such transformed systems, structures, and processes will find realistic examples and advice to bring this vision alive. The authors persuasively help the reader realize that collaboration is transformation and that transformation happens through collaboration. Embedding the lessons from campus case–study research, the lessons they draw are informed, realistic, and wise." Susan R. Komives, professor, college student affairs administration, the University of Maryland; member, the Learning Reconsidered team; and president, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
Part One: Setting the Context for Moving Toward Collaboration: Understanding the Logic, Barriers, and Need to Reorganize.
1 The Collaborative Imperative.
2 The Challenges of Collaboration.
3 Taking Advantage of Collaboration: Synergizing Successful Practices.
Part Two: Strategies for Reorganizing Campuses.
4 Mission, Vision, and Educational Philosophy.
6 Social Networks.
7 Integrating Structures.
9 External Pressures.
Part Three: Conclusion: Bringing the Strategies Together for Collective Action.
11 Developing a Collaborative Context: Toward a Developmental Process.
12 A Collective Responsibility: What Can Various Constituents Do to Support Collaboration on Campus?
Appendix A: Methodology.
Appendix B: Resource Guide.
While the book is easy to read, the authors emphasize that the effort required for transformation to occur is daunting. Fortunately, Kezar and Lester offer an extraordinarily well–written, evidence–based lesson, replete with the hallmarks of success that will inspire anyone dedicated to student learning a substantive 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 urgent action, new organizational structures, and the reallocation of campus resources. Their keen insights and practical advice are timely, given the economic uncertainty and dwindling resources that often breed competition instead of collaboration in American higher education.
Peter M. Magolda, (The Review of Higher Education)