Occasional Paper I: What Works: A Research-Rich Environment
A Focus on Partnerships
Partnerships provide critical support networks for faculty and administrators and reduce the isolation of an individual "change agent."
Effective partnerships take time, including release time, and leadership by committed faculty and administrators.
There are many models that show how partnerships work, including those supported by private funding agencies such as the Pew Science Clusters and the Keck Geology and Keck Astronomy Consortia, and those supported by FCCSET agencies.
Electronic networks provide an excellent mechanism to maintain communication within partnerships regionally and nationally.
College and university presidents should establish a national network and local partnerships to formulate policy, discuss issues, and speak with a common voice.
Different objectives call for different partnerships: high schools with colleges and universities to develop science career paths; undergraduate with graduate programs to provide opportunities for under-represented groups; interdisciplinary to develop science literacy and introductory courses; regional networks to share innovative ideas.
Recognizing that institutions in each sector of the academic community and national associations have much to contribute to and benefit from collaborative involvement in building a stronger undergraduate science and mathematics community nationwide, we recommend: