My latest publication, "Facing Education's Mounting Challenges with Collaboration and IT," was published as a Research Bulletin from the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) on April 12, 2011.
The paper calls for new forms of collaboration at several levels, from collaboration between the CIO and other C-level officers on campus to economic-governance collaboration among education providers and education's "external investors" (students/families, governments, donors, employers, suppliers, etc.). The need for innovative forms of collaboration is fueled by the "elephant in education's room:" the "completions priority" and its multiple, complex co-dependencies, which are discussed in the paper. The paper also posits earned, need-based, promissory grants to students as the basis (in the U.S.) for restructuring Federal funding for higher education in order to provide leverage for a new economic governance collaboration at all sectors of the education marketplace and geopolitics.
By the way, I was on the EDUCAUSE Board when ECAR was created in the 1990s and am pleased to have now published my first paper under the aegis of ECAR. Membership in ECAR is by organizational subscription, and there are several options for subscribing.