Universities and Schools: The Two Sides of the Street and in Between


  • Richard Barnes University of Southern Maine
  • Lynne Miller University of Southern Michigan


Higher Education, Schools, Partnerships, Partnership Director


Successful school-university partnerships must be founded on a strong, mutual understanding of and respect for the culture and strengths each institution brings to the collaboration. Leadership roles in effective schooluniversity partnerships will be diffuse. Faculty members from schools and universities share an equal responsibility to articulate, establish, and direct the collaborative activities that lead both schools and universities to improve themselves through the partnership. Ultimately, the leadership role of the partnership director is crucial. She or he must know how to work in both school and university cultures and to lead while walking among and between them.