|By Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"Liberal arts colleges across the country face serious challenges -- shifting demographics, student access, affordability and the pressure to keep up with new technology,"
The colleges will explore seven areas: academic program improvement; faculty development; study abroad; library resources; administrative services; compliance and risk management as well as enhancing diversity.
The colleges may use teleconferencing to offer courses that are under-enrolled at one or more of the schools.
Through the consortium, the colleges also will look at joint purchasing and services, such as improving security in information technology, and share expertise on risk management. They're planning to offer joint training for faculty and administrators on race, gender, class and sexual orientation.
In addition to collaborating, the colleges also through the consortium plan to add their voices to national discussions on improving access and affordability.
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