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Collaborative Resources

Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice are the foundation of LVAIC’s collaboration and innovation across the member campuses. As many as 50 groups of LVAIC faculty and administrators gather formally or informally for professional development, best practice sharing, advancement of initiatives, and development of programs. Through their purpose-driven cooperation, LVAIC Communities of Practice enable educational, operational, and fiscal advantages that are oftentimes exclusive to larger-scaled institutions. Click HERE to learn more about Communities of Practice.

Suggested Readings

As part of the initiative focused on enhancing the skills and capabilities of faculty and staff, LVAIC has collected an on-going list of suggested professional and faculty development books. This list includes the following:

How College Works – Chambliss and Takacs
Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education – Grawe
Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity – Clotfelter
A Perfect Mess: The Unlikely Ascendency of Higher Education – Labaree
Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America – Quart
The Cost Disease: Why Computers Get Cheaper and Healthcare Doesn’t – Baumol
The New Generation of Students: How Colleges Can Recruit, Teach and Serve Gen Z – Chronicle of HE
The New Education – Davidson
Degrees of Inequality: Culture, Class and Gender in American Higher Education – Mullen
Paying the Price – Sara Goldrick-Rab
Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy – McMillan Cottom
Shared Governance in Times of Change: A Practical Guide for Universities and Colleges – Bahl
Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience – Jay

Principles of Collaboration

As LVAIC fosters collaborative opportunities for member faculty and staff, it focuses on values that enhance the distinctiveness of each campus while symbiotically furthering the goals of all institutions. This framework is available for all programs as the foundation for working together. Click HERE to view the LVAIC Principles of Collaboration.

Collaboration Continuum

In considering the implications of collaboration on different aspects of member campuses, the Collaboration Continuum provides a framework by which potential programs should be assessed in rating effectiveness. Click HERE to view the LVAIC Collaboration Continuum.

Essential Elements of Collaboration

As collaboration occurs through different levels, understanding the implications of the various layers of collaboration, from connecting to cooperating to communicating, is essential in building effective relationships and accomplishing goals. Click HERE to view the LVAIC Essential Elements of Collaboration