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Title: All Together Now: Barriers and Aids to Creating and Sustaining State College-University Partnerships.
Name(s): Edel, Sharon, author
Hu, Shouping, professor directing dissertation
Ferris, Gerald R., university representative
Schwartz, Robert A., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (147 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: All 28 colleges of the Florida College System (FCS) have made space in their budgets and on their campuses in order to attract upper-division partners, colleges and universities that represent the State University System (SUS), Independent Colleges and Schools of Florida, and other higher education institutions nationwide. Partnership relationships such as the ones negotiated between FCS institutions and upper division schools are defined as academic strategic alliances in higher education literature. Scholars have taken this terminology from business management lexicon wherein organizations respond to a competitive market by joining forces (Das & Teng, 1997). Accordingly, scholars from both fields emphasize the concept of collaboration packed inside the strategic decision of campus leaders to pool their resources partnerships (Adegbesan & Higgins, 2011; Eckel, Hartley, & Affolter-Caine, 2004). This study explored both sides of the state college-university partnership dynamic through the eyes of the administrators using themes from Gulati’s (1998) network embeddedness framework. I employed a qualitative research design to determine the influence of alliance initiatives on the social networks involved in their implementation. I used a collective-case study approach employing data triangulation (interviews, documents, and observation) to seek out any emerging themes. I also sought out institutional data to support this study. A majority of these FCS concurrent-use arrangements have persisted while others have failed. This study contributes to higher education literature by offering a means to expand the scope of previous academic strategic alliance studies. Instead of focusing on partnership dyads, this study explored how host and partner institution administrators operate within a social network embedded at the study sites. I propose fresh perspectives to explain how each member involved within a state college’s university partnership program can assert its own needs while working in concert to define common goals and objectives. My two key findings identified the perception of lack as the primary barrier and effective communication as the most influential aid to partnership creation and maintenance.
Identifier: FSU_FA2016_Edel_fsu_0071E_13539 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: October 14, 2016.
Keywords: College, Florida, Partnerships, State, System, University
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Shouping Hu, Professor Directing Dissertation; Gerald Ferris, University Representative; Tamara Bertrand Jones, Committee Member; Robert Schwartz, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Health education
Education, Higher -- Administration
Educational leadership
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Edel, S. (2016). All Together Now: Barriers and Aids to Creating and Sustaining State College-University Partnerships. Retrieved from