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Institute for Academic Alliances

Partner Selection

The development of trust is essential to building alliances. The first step in building trust is to select with care the partners with whom you will work - if the people are not trustworthy, the practices will not be trusted. In our dissemination efforts, we have also learned that it is more difficult to establish an inter-institutional program among dissimilar types of institutions, i.e. community colleges, private, city, or state institutions, 4-year institutions, and universities. It must be recognized that a pecking order exists and will need to be overcome. Everyone must contribute to the project and everyone must benefit, although contributions and benefits may not be equal.