Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 237–250 | Cite as

Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries: Collaboration Among Higher Education Institutions

  • Stacy Duffield
  • Alan Olson
  • Renee Kerzman


Partnerships and collaboration have become popular in higher education; and partnerships with community agencies, K-12 schools, and businesses are common. However, formal and sustained partnerships among institutions of higher education are not nearly as widespread. This article presents a model for collaboration in higher education focused on a partnership among teacher preparation programs at three institutions. The article provides an overview of theoretical underpinnings for collaboration, the process and practices used, and lessons learned by Valley Partnership, as well as the stages of partnership development, the governance model, and key elements related to sustaining the partnership.


Higher education Partnerships Collaboration Teacher preparation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.North Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA
  2. 2.Valley City State UniversityValley CityUSA
  3. 3.Roosevelt Elementary SchoolDetroit LakesUSA

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