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Redesigning Higher Education

Systemic Integration and Cluster-Based Learning

Donald L. Birx, Annette M. Holba and Patricia T. Bahr

Redesigning Higher Education: Systemic Integration and Cluster-Based Learning tells the story of ongoing change and transformation at Plymouth State University during challenging demographic and financial times in higher education. With many institutions merging or closing across the nation, Plymouth State University’s fifteenth president brought a vision for organizational transformation grounded in holistic integration with student-centered decision-making. The transformation began with reorganizing twenty-four academic departments and three colleges into seven Integrated Clusters of discipline-based communities. Redesigning Higher Education uses a storytelling narrative approach to provide a practical application of the radical changes meant to transform the higher education experience.