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Institute for Academic Alliances

Program Selection

Program selection should be a bottom-up versus a top-down decision. A program alliance is more likely to succeed when it is faculty driven. Five criteria should guide the selection of a program for inter-institutional collaboration:

  • Demand: should be large and/or pressing
  • Capacity: the partner institutions could not offer the program alone
  • Faculty: a strong desire to participant in the program must be present
  • Department: the academic unit must be willing to experiment in the development of an atypical program
  • Wisdom: based upon years of academic experience, is it sensible to select the program