The mission of The Boston Consortium for Higher Education is to act as an external resource in creating a collaborative environment among member institutions for the development and practical implementation of cost saving and quality improvement ideas. A primary method for achieving these ends will be the utilization of learning organization and other management tools to develop the skills necessary for our managers to work in an environment of rapid change.
Activities may be categorized as follows:
In order to identify current practice effectiveness, information will be sought to determine future benchmarks for operating standards and to employ 'best practice' methodologies. By determining how work is currently processed, we hope to learn how we can make it less time consuming and therefore more efficient and less expensive.
It is anticipated that the research, discovery, and data collection effort will identify areas in which two or more members can consolidate their efforts and create economies.
The combined size of these schools working collaboratively on matters that are not of a competitive nature will increase choice and lower cost.
It is conceivable that several schools, working through the Consortium, may form wholly owned entities to provide services at lower cost. These could take the form of joint ventures, partnerships, or alliances with other organizations or schools for the purpose of increasing service, lowering cost, and improving overall efficiency.
Efforts to collaborate among our members reflect a change in the manner business has been traditionally conducted. Fresh thinking by empowered groups of professionals will generate ideas that may or may not be compatible with the way things were done previously in these organizations. Therefore, one essential agent in any plan for making improvements in cost and quality must be the provision of skills to manage change. Change can be difficult for individuals, but is truly a source of great anxiety for communities of people organized under a set of assumptions and a set of traditions that are being challenged by the external world. In order for improvements to be made, a method for dealing with their implications must be in place. The Boston Consortium will provide part of that as management education, part as a 'practice field' for ideas, and part as a third party that can assist in the transitions of an idea from concept to reality.