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Abstract In May 2016, the [name] University System announced an initiative to transform a 2,000-acre tract owned by the System into a premier, high-tech research, technology development, and education center, which will be called the [name] Campus. As it is being developed, [name] has five focal areas: an academic campus, a historic campus, a full-scale testing site, secure industry laboratories, and joint research facilities. From the academic side, the System’s 10 regional universities, its agencies, and [name] College District are collaborating on the campus to provide relevant academic and workforce development programs and to contain the cost of education. The collaborative nature of the [name] Campus offers unparalleled opportunities for students to obtain academic credentials from multiple institutions, but in a manner that is seamless and transparent for the student. The goal is for one university system center to provide new and multiple pathways to an academic degree for students and the opportunity to participate in the development of new technologies that progress from the laboratory to the marketplace through collaborative education and research. The guiding principles for development of the program offerings within the [name] Academic Alliance are to: 1. Provide students the opportunity to obtain a 21st century education through synergies in academic and research opportunities; 2. Avoid duplication of programs and course offerings among the partner institutions; 3. Provide students with academic and workforce offerings in high-need programs that will lead to employment after graduation; and 4. Provide programs that collectively will provide for the economic viability of the RELLIS campus and be of financial benefit to the offering institutions.
Development of the academic pathways and necessary collaborations began in 2016, with classes first being offered in fall 2018. As of the time of this conference, the Academic Alliance is two years into implementation with approximately 2,500 students enrolled at all levels.
A previous paper presented the roadmap from planning to implementation of the [name] Academic Alliance. Presented in this paper are the operational issues that had to be addressed and the way in which they were addressed. Some were relatively simple, such as providing for collaborative advising and library support services. Others were more difficult. These more difficult issues included developing a single acceptable student conduct policy when each of the participating had their own unique policy, the framework for adjudicating Title IX issues that arise, again having to find a process acceptable to all members that may be different from what they have on their home campus, and developing joint use facilities that can be used by multiple programs with no program having sole use of a component. A significant endeavor was development of a “Student Information Portal” that could “see” across multiple institutional and system boundaries so that advisors could see a student’s entire academic history in real time. This paper can serve as a model for other institutions that are pursuing a similar endeavor.
Nelson, J. K., & Buck,, K., & Shankle Jordan, N., & Hensley, M. (2020, June), RELLIS: The Transformational Initiative for Collaborative Education and Research Realized Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35140
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