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Stronger Together: Using Collaborative Programming Between Small Colleges as a Change Catalyst (E)

Track: Governing the Vessel

In 2019, Parkland College and Cumberland College, small colleges located in Saskatchewan, entered a coalition agreement that saw their organizations continue to operate independently, but move toward a cooperative focus, a single CEO, and a common governance structure. The pandemic accelerated this unique partnership as both colleges worked synchronously to navigate the subsequent challenges and attempted to create opportunities. With both colleges offering equivalent, brokered Office Administration programs that were now being forced to pivot to virtual delivery, and with low forecasted enrollments, the only way for both colleges within the coalition to offer this program was through a partnership agreement. With only a month’s notice, the programming teams had to develop policies and procedures that would accommodate shared instructors and administration while also maintaining each college’s autonomy and unique identity for students enrolled in different colleges.

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities of shared programming as well as discussing the creative solutions that were developed to ensure harmonization for students and staff.

Session Speakers

Jeff Fisher

Chair, Post-secondary Education

Cumberland College

Jenna Niebergall

Chair, Post-secondary Education

Parkland College

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