A model for cross-institutional collaboration

how the intercollegiate biomathematics alliance is pioneering a new paradigm in response to diminishing resources in academia

  • Olcay Akman Department of Mathematics, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA
  • Megan Powell Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL, USA
Keywords: Institutional collaboration, intercollegiate biomathematics alliance, community curriculum, shared resources, research workshops, IBA, undergraduate research


We present an emerging model of shared academic, intellectual and infrastructure resources that addresses the need for institutions to sustain their educational and scholarship missions under everdeclining funding. The (IBA) was created in 2014 by Illinois State University for this purpose, eventually growing to a state-recognized ‘Center for Collaborative Studies’ in 2017. As the impact of the IBA continues to expand, it is on its way to become a new education paradigm in response to diminishing resources, and it can serve as a model to foster collaboration for other fields of mathematics.

How to Cite
Akman, Olcay, and Megan Powell. 2018. “A Model for Cross-Institutional Collaboration”. Letters in Biomathematics 5 (1), 91-97. https://doi.org/10.1080/23737867.2018.1445044.

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