Creating Strategic Partnerships
A Guide for Educational Institutions and Their Partners

Foreword by Debra D. Bragg
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What are the characteristics and conditions that lead to successful educational partnerships?

What can we learn from partnerships that fail, cannot be sustained over time, or cease to benefit their partners?

This book serves as a guide to the successful implementation of partnerships. It provides the context and tools for readers who are responding to the increasing demands of policy makers, funders and institutional leaders to use partnerships to address local, state and federal issues, achieve external mandates, meet public or internal agendas, or pursue international collaborations.

This guide provides an evidence-based framework for institutional and organizational leaders to develop the vision, shared values and norms to achieve the “partnership capital” that will sustain an enduring relationship. It offers a three-phase model of the development process of collaboration, together with a tool box for those charged with partnering and leading organizational change, and includes a template for both creating new partnerships and sustaining existing ones.

The authors start by differentiating between “traditional,” often ad-hoc, partnerships and “strategic partnerships” that align organizational strategy with partnership actions; and by identifying the importance of moving beyond incremental or surface “first order” change to develop deep “second order change” through which underlying structures and operations are questioned and new processes emerge due to the partnership. They offer analyses and understandings of seven key components for success: exploring motivations; developing partner relationships; communicating and framing purpose; creating collaborative structures and resources; leading various partnership stages; generating partnership capital; and implementing strategies for sustaining partnerships.

Each chapter concludes with a case study to provide more understanding of the ideas presented, and for use in training or classes.

This guide is addressed to policy makers and educational leaders, college administrators, and their non-profit and business partners, to enable them to lead and create strategic partnerships and facilitate organizational change.

Table of Contents:
FOREWORD by Debra D. Bragg


PROLOGUE—The Increasing Role of Partnerships in Education

1. Creating a Strategic Partnership

2. Thematic Portrayal of Motivations to Partner

3. Relationships and Partners

4. Communication and Framing

5. Organizing Partnerships—The Role of Structure and Resources

6. Leadership and Partnering

7. Partnership Capital—Sustaining Strategic Collaborations

8. Strategies for Creating Lasting Partnerships

Appendix A. Chapter Summary Points

Appendix B. Considerations in Developing Strategic Partnerships Using the Partnership Model


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Reviews & Endorsements:
"Whether considering a new partnership or examining a long-standing arrangement, this book is a go-to guide for everyone. Eddy and Amey take the array of questions to consider when partnering plus lessons learned and turn them into a complete handbook for how to build effective and lasting partnerships. Individuals, campus leaders, policy makers and more will benefit from the sound, practical wisdom found in these pages."
- Elizabeth Cox Brand, Director, Research and Communications , Oregon Dept. of Community Colleges and Workforce Development
"Partnerships are essential for the advancement of higher education in the 21st century. This book is a solid resource for institutional leaders seeking to develop and sustain partnerships, especially those designed to enhance student success."
- Michelle Asha Cooper , Institute for Higher Education Policy