Collaboration, Technology, and Outsourcing Initiatives in Higher Education

A Literature Review

by Tessa Kaganoff

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Presents a sector-wide review of cost-containment initiatives in higher education in the United States, concentrating on three areas: (1) collaboration--involving shared resources (including human resources), joint purchasing agreements, and opportunities for personal and professional contacts between institutions; (2) technological innovation--ranging from machines that automate to equipment that enables massive information processing, teleconferencing, and distance education; and (3) outsourcing--contracting with an outside vendor to provide a service; often done with support services in the past, but now being considered for core services as well. Since cost cutting is a reality, institutions could benefit from learning from others' experiences. For this reason, more comprehensive and standardized data collection would be in everyone's best interest.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter I

    Introduction

  • Chapter II

    Collaboration

  • Chapter III

    Technology

  • Chapter IV

    Outsourcing

  • Chapter V

    Other Initiatives

  • Chapter VI

    Conclusions

  • Appendix A

    Fihe Survey Results and Nces Expenditure Data

  • Appendix B

    The Partnership for Private Colleges

  • Appendix C

    Sources of Data, Funding, and Information

  • Appendix D

    Key Questions for Higher Education Decisionmakers

  • Bibliography

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