What is the 5th Dimension Consortium?  

    Each incarnation of the 5th Dimension is necessarily a reflection of the priorities and resources of its particular location, and of how that location defines appropriate relations between universities and colleges and communities.  For example, colleges and universities traditionally speak of their mission as some combination of research, teaching and community service.  However, colleges, universities, academic divisions, and department administrators prioritize these activities differently.  The support they provide for research, teaching and community service as appropriate academic endeavors vary widely.  A 5th Dimension partnership must be developed in harmony with the ethos of each participating institution's goals.  Ideally, the 5th Dimension would allow each partner to achieve a valued goal in a way that exceeds both the scope of its investment and its proximity to the goal in the absence of the collaboration.