Collaborative Projects

For half a century, leaders of the Big Ten Academic Alliance have wisely recognized that no single institution has sufficient faculty, funding or facilities to meet the escalating challenges of higher education. The consortium’s key strength is that it leverages investments and ideas. Joint projects reflect an understanding that there is power in shared purpose and that, through aggregation of resources, Big Ten Academic Alliance members can achieve far more than any one individual campus could ever hope to do.  The efficacy of this approach can be seen in a growing array of transformative programs that expand educational opportunities, advance research, enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and amplify the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s impact in the wider world.

Library Collaborations:   The Big Ten Academic Alliance Library Initiatives focus on three key objectives--optimizing student and faculty access to the combined resources of our libraries; maximizing cost, time, and space savings; and supporting a collaborative environment where library staff can work together to solve their mutual problems. More about Library Collaborations

Technology Collaborations:  Information technology (IT) has never been so important to the future of higher education. In fact, virtually every academic function depends to some degree on IT. For that reason, the Chief Information Officers (CIOs) of the Big Ten Academic Alliance universities have made it their priority to build IT capacity while reducing costs. More about Technology Collaborations

Purchasing and Licensing: By joining forces, member universities are able to negotiate better licensing terms and gain significant price advantages on products with relatively high margins. To date, the Big Ten Academic Alliance has saved more than $19 million on commodity purchases. More about Purchasing and Licensing

Leadership Development:  In order to remain viable and competitive, universities must continually invest in their faculty and staff. By leveraging resources and drawing upon the expertise within the member institutions, the Big Ten Academic Alliance is able to offer professional development opportunities that are highly relevant and effective. More about Leadership Development

Sharing Access to Courses: Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions have a long tradition of sharing faculty expertise by making specialized courses available to students from member universities. Three different programs increase student access to courses including the newest program, CourseShare, which offers courses delivered via technology to students at all Big Ten Academic Alliance campuses. More about Shared Courses

Global Collaborations: Today's world-class universities provide the best in teaching and research to prepare students and scholars to compete and contribute to our global society. The Senior International Officers, who provide executive leadership in the global arena for the Big Ten Academic Alliance universities, work together to facilitate an international perspective throughout all aspects of the educational experience at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities, including teaching, research, and service. More about Global Collaborations