Mergers, Affiliations, and Consortiums: Post-Secondary Collaboration in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, 37 pages, January 23, 2020
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This impact paper explores the motivations, opportunities, and difficulties of academic collaboration. It weaves together interviews, case studies, and data to show the balance to strike when negotiating institutional partnerships.

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Whether voluntary or forced, the merging of one post-secondary education (PSE) institution with another involves a complex dance of negotiation—not only around traditions, identity, and power asymmetry, but also with practicalities of finances, enrolment, and student services. While academic mergers are still rare in Canada, there are signs that post-secondary institutions are increasingly open to institutional partnerships and collaboration. What’s in it for them?

Mergers, Affiliations, and Consortiums explores these challenges, motivations, and opportunities in fine detail. It includes interviews with those at the front lines of academic collaboration. It also compares international examples of mergers with Canada’s unique challenges in providing high-quality PSE to a dispersed student population, and how and why collaboration may offer solutions. Readers will gain insight into the factors that can facilitate—or derail—the negotiation of new institutional partnerships.

Table of Contents

Introduction

  • Models for post-secondary collaboration
  • Motivations for collaborating
  • Fools rush in: Keys to a successful relationship
  • The impact of mergers
  • The role of government
  • Conclusion and recommendations

Appendix A—Methodology

Appendix B—Timeline of recent Canadian mergers in PSE

Appendix C—Bibliography

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