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Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Partnering Successfully with Universities

John L. Bear

Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

University of Houston


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

PARTNERSHIP:

A relationship between individuals or groups that is characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility, as for the achievement of a specified goal.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin, 2000


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • For discussion today:

  • What do universities gain from partnerships with K-12 institutions?

  • What can universities provide in such partnerships?

  • How are strong partnerships developed?

  • How are successful partnerships maintained?


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

  • COLLEGE OF

  • NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS

  • Departments:

    • Biology and Biochemistry

    • Chemistry

    • Computer Science

    • Geosciences

    • Mathematics

    • Physics


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

    • University of Houston

    • Texas Southern University

    • Southwest Texas State University

    • Rice University

    • University of Houston-Downtown

    • University of Houston-Victoria

    • Houston Community College System

    • San Jacinto College District

    • Houston Independent School District


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • HISD Gains from the H-LSAMP Partnership:

    • A strong bond with the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

    • Referrals for other collaborative efforts

    • Opportunities for its students

    • National recognition

    • Local recognition


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • UH Gains from the H-LSAMP Partnership:

    • Funding to support more students

    • Improved student retention

    • Improved minority recruitment and retention

    • Decrease in average years to graduation

    • Expanded programs that benefit all students

    • Local/national recognition for having a successful program

    • Enhanced relationships with HISD, leading to other partnerships

    • Greater exposure within HISD for recruitment of highly qualified students


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • UNIVERSITIES BRING TO PARTNERSHIPS:

    • Breadth and depth of knowledge, ideas, and expertise

    • Resources and services (computing, distance education tools, listervs, etc.)

    • Links to other agencies and resources

    • Research methodology/statistical expertise

    • Grant writing expertise

    • Credibility/recognition by association


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

How are effective partnerships between K-12 institutions and universities built?


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • RULES OF PARTNERSHIP:

  • 1. Understand the other’s culture and values.

  • 2. Identify the most appropriate collaborators and decision-makers within the partner institution.

  • 3. Establish clearly-defined goals and responsibilities for both parties.

  • 4. Establish and use appropriate communication structures and modes of communication.

  • 5. Be accountable and responsible.


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • 1. Understand the other’s culture and values

  • Universities have unique cultures. They generally:

    • Include teaching, research (research universities) and service in their missions;

    • Have unique hierarchies and protocols;

    • Have many rules and regulations (human subjects, personnel, budgetary);

    • Have faculty classifications that impact roles, motivation, and time available for projects;

    • Desire to recruit top students;

    • Value diversity;

    • Seek to reduce student time to graduation;

    • Value positive local and national recognition.


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

2. Identify the most appropriate collaborators and decision- makers within the partner institution.

UNIVERSITY COLLABORATORS & DECISION MAKERS

Collaborators: Faculty members and/or administrators

Decision makers:Department Chairs

Deans

Vice-Presidents

Presidents

Chancellors


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • 3.Establish clearly-defined goals and responsibilities for both parties.

    • Have clear and measurable outcomes and deliverables

    • Decide who will do what, when, and how

    • Establish and follow timeline


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • 4.Establish and use appropriate communication structures and modes of communication

    • Decide who will communicate with whom and at what level(s)

    • Decide modes of communication based on level of importance and those involved. Develop systems that are reliable, efficient, and convenient.


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • 5.Be accountable and responsible

  • Do what you said you would do:

    • In the manner you said you would do it

    • By the time you said you would do it


Partnering successfully with universities john l bear

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

“It is probably not love that makes the world go around, but rather those mutually supportive alliances through which partners recognize their dependence on each other for the achievement of shared and private goals.”

Fred Allen (1894-1956)


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