13-2 “The Power of Partnerships” Resource Guide

Nov 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 13-2: The Power of Partnerships, Resource Guides
By Timothy J. Nichols

Little information is targeted specifically at tribal college collaboration. However, organizations, publications, and research materials focusing on the more broadly defined concept of collaboration exist and can be valuable when adapted and applied to the tribal college setting. Collectively, the resources below provide background information, strategies, and insights that may be helpful to those seeking to facilitate new collaborative endeavors or strengthen existing ones.

Books

American Indian Higher Education Consortium (1999). Tribal colleges: an introduction. Alexandria, VA: American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

A synopsis of the history and contemporary status of tribal colleges. This book is downloadable from the AIHEC web site: www.aihec.org/intro.pdf

Astin, Alexander and Helen Astin (2000). Leadership reconsidered: engaging higher education in social change. Battle Creek, MI: W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Presents a framework for leadership development aimed at social change for students, faculty, and administrators. Collaboration is discussed as a key skill for higher education. This book is available on the Kellogg web site: <http://www.wkkf.org/documents/youthed/leadershipreconsidered/leadershipreconsidered-chpt1.asp>

Boyer, Paul (1997). Native American colleges: progress and prospects. A special report to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

Describes the history of the movement and key issues facing tribal institutions today. Discusses collaboration with state universities as a key factor in future development.

Callahan, Mary-Mack (1999). The intentional community: college and community groups helping low-income groups prepare for college. Washington, DC: Council of Independent Colleges.

Focuses on partnerships between urban colleges and low-income neighborhoods. Includes information on organizational strategies, involving community members, and sustaining partnerships.

Freire, Paulo (1970). Pedagogy of the oppressed. New York: Continuum.

The classic work on empowerment education. Provides philosophical base from Freire’s experiences in literacy education among peasants in Brazil. Reminds readers about the importance of treating partners with respect.

Gray, Barbara (1989). Collaboration: finding common ground for multi-party problems. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

Often-cited study of inter-organizational relations. Provides a definition, discusses stages of collaborative relationships, and presents propositions on what leads to success.

Mattessich, Paul and Barbara Monsey (1992). Collaboration: what makes it work. St. Paul, MN: Amherst Wilder Foundation.

Practical text highlighting factors that make collaborations successful. Summarizes major research findings; includes extensive bibliography.

National Network for Collaboration (1996). Collaboration framework… addressing community capacity. Fargo, ND: National Network for Collaboration.

Practitioner’s resource introduces a framework for collaboration. Includes discussion of key components of successful collaborative relationships, contexts, processes, and outcomes.

Slater, Judith. (1996) Anatomy of a collaboration: study of a college of education/public school partnership. New York: Garland.

Slater’s description of collaboration between a university and school district in Florida is a compelling story of the joys, challenges, and lessons associated with her work.

Tierney, William (1992). Official encouragement, institutional discouragement: minorities in academe—the Native American experience. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

———(1993). Building communities of difference: higher education in the 21st century. Ontario Institute of Studies in Education: Toronto.

———(1998). The responsive university: restructuring for high performance. Johns Hopkins: Baltimore, MD.

Tierney’s work calls universities to reach out to and collaborate with underserved communities.

Winer, Michael and Karen Ray (1994). Collaboration handbook: creating, sustaining, and enjoying the journey. St. Paul, MN: Amherst Wilder Foundation.

Resource for developing and implementing collaborative projects. Includes advice for conceptualizing roles and evaluating collaborative work. Features a case study, “tips”, and worksheets.

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