Want To Fuel Collaboration? It’s Time To Tear Down Silos In Higher Ed

Most people come into higher education with great intentions. Faculty and staff truly want what’s best for their students and their departments, yet they don’t know how that affects other departments or the institution as a whole. Those good intentions, unfortunately, are too often constrained by the silos of higher education.

These silos are pervasive, much to the detriment of universities, faculty members, and students. But as entrenched as they might seem, we can tear them down. With a clear culture, a shared set of priorities, and a focus on higher objectives, it’s possible for once-siloed departments to work together and embrace a more holistic approach.

Why Silos Are Worse Than Ever

Silos develop when too many people seek the same scarce resources for their own objectives. In the past decade, higher education funding in the U.S. has fallen well below where it was a decade ago.

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