Collaboration in Urban Markets: Efficient Strategy or Delaying Tactic?

  • William Gray Washington State University Spokane
Keywords: Higher Education, Urban Areas, Collaboration


Collaboration is frequently proposed as a way to increase access to higher education in urban areas. Policy makers sometimes use the absence of voluntary collaboration to force partnerships or avoid investments that address critical needs. The authors make the case that collaborations in higher education are difficult to achieve. They argue that in spite of attempts to build collaborative structures, the natural path of organizational development ultimately leads to stronger individual institutions.