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Change and Sustainability in Higher Education (CASHE) Final Report

Abstract

"Change and Sustainability in Higher Education (CASHE) seeks to study the nature of change processes and outcomes among participating MSP colleges and universities across the nation, including the impact of the partnership activities on college and university faculty. This research suggests that while faculty leadership is a necessary requirement for reform efforts of this scope and nature, it is not necessarily sufficient to effect sustainable institutional change. On the other hand, institutional change cannot come about solely through administrative mandates or external calls for accountability. The evidence collected from this project suggests that faculty who lead these efforts often work outside of the established roles, norms, and boundaries of their institutions, at least initially. At the same time, there is evidence of real change in many institutions where faculty efforts have shifted from "marginal" to "mission-central" as a result of participation in MSP partnerships."

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