e-Learning Consortia – Multi-institution Consortia and Systems

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WCET has long been interested in multi-institutional consortia and systems. These organizations help their member institutions share resources with the goal of increasing the institutional capacity for technology-enhanced courses, programs, and student support services. WCET’s Consortia Group has focused on the organization and leadership of these partnerships for many years.

A Survey of Multi-Institution Consortia and System Leaders - 2018

WCET’s Consortia Group determined that it was time to conduct another survey to benchmark the current and future state of consortia and system (i.e., the unit of a public system responsibility for these activities) work. Respondents represented consortia and systems of all types from the United States and Canada.

Together We Can Accomplish More: A Survey of Multi-institution Consortia and System Leaders was released in October 2018.

The major findings were:

  • There has been flux (openings, closures, and transitions) in these organizations, but most are strengthening.
  • There is value in increasing student outcomes and operational efficiencies, as well as jointly exploring new innovations.
  • A wide range of services are offered; most focus on soft skills.
  • New services that these organizations are adding vary highly according to member needs. OER was mentioned most often.
  • In both budgets and staffing, these organizations are maturing.
  • Revenue streams for these organizations are a bit more diversified than in 2008, but are still relatively few.

Previous Work on Consortia and Systems

For more information, contact WCET. If your consortium is not listed or would like to submit a profile, contact us. We invite you to submit your information whether or not you are a WCET member.