The institution ensures the quality of educational programs and courses offered through consortial relationships or contractual agreements, ensures ongoing compliance with the
Principles, and periodically evaluates the consortial relationship and/or agreement against the mission of the institution.

Compliance Judgment: In compliance

Narrative

East Carolina University (hereafter, ECU or the institution) ensures the quality of all educational programs and courses, including courses offered through consortial relationships and contractual agreements, and periodically evaluates the agreement or relationship against the institution's mission. 

Definitions

East Carolina University defines “consortial relationship” and “contractual agreement” according to the 2012 SACS Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation--Foundations for Quality Enhancement:

Consortial Relationships

Consistent with this definition and Commission Policy on Collaborative Academic Arrangements, East Carolina University participates in two consortial relationships with shared responsibility to develop courses and programs that meet mutually agreed-upon standards of academic quality:  a University of North Carolina German Studies Consortium and a Ph.D. in Technology Management. These consortial relationships include two common components:


German Studies Consortium


The primary goal of the German Studies Consortium is to offer upper-level German Studies courses to undergraduates at participating UNC institutions. 
Supporting documentation includes the German Studies Consortium: Original Proposal to the UNC System and the German Studies Consortium: Request for Authorization signed by the ECU Chancellor (2001). These documents detail the responsibility of each party to ensure the program and course quality.

Ongoing Assessment of German Studies Consortium

Each consortium member institution ensures the quality of educational programs and courses through student opinion of instruction surveys (SOIS) and peer observations of an instructor's teaching. ECU last offered a course as part of the consortium in fall 2009 to 17 students from East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro:

3350. Introduction to Translation Studies (3) (WI)
For students of all disciplines who expect to do specialized reading or research work in German. P: GERM 2210 or 2211; or consent of instructor. Translating skills from German to English. Emphasis on grammar and style, approaches to vocabulary learning, and decoding difficult structures. Readings from areas of general knowledge.

SOIS evaluations from fall 2009 rated the effectiveness of the instructor and course 6.29 out of 7.0. This rating exceeds the university mean, and the instructor's teaching has been consistently rated "superior" in peer observations.

As constituent members of the University of North Carolina system, each UNCGSC member institution is accredited by SACS, and each institution is thus responsible for ensuring its faculty and course delivery adhere to SACS principles of accreditation. Respective department chairs play a key role in this process.

ECU's participation in the German Studies Consortium fulfills three components of the ins's mission statement, in particular ECU's aim 1) "to prepare students to compete and succeed in the global economy and multicultural society; 2) "to create a strong, sustainable future for eastern North Carolina through education, research, innovation, investment, and outreach; [and to] 3) "provide cultural enrichment. . . .”  By offering courses through the Consortium to students at other campuses in the UNC system, ECU's program in German provides students who have little or no access to German Studies professionals with the opportunity to work toward higher levels of proficiency in the language and cultures of German-speaking countries.   In so doing, ECU helps students throughout the state "compete and succeed in the global economy," and the University helps to "create a strong, sustainable future [for the state] . . . through [such] outreach." Students benefit also from this "cultural enrichment" to which they would not otherwise have had access.

East Carolina University periodically evaluates the consortial relationship against the mission of the institution in three key ways: 

 

PhD in Technology Management Consortium

The primary goal of the Technology Management Consortium is the collaboration of five universities in offering of a degree program.  Supporting documentation includes the Consortium for Doctoral Studies in Technology: Original Proposal and the request for authorization for the Consortium PhD Program in Technology Management to the UNC System signed by the ECU Chancellor (1998). These documents detail the responsibility of each party to ensure the course quality.

The primary goal of the PhD in Technology Management Consortium is the collaboration of five universities in the offering of a degree program.  The objectives of the program are

The current structure of the consortium includes Indiana State University (ISU), East Carolina University (ECU), North Carolina A & T State University (NCAT), Bowling Green State University (BGSU), and University of Central Missouri (UCM).  Each consortium member institution ensures the quality of educational programs by maintaining satisfactory accreditation status, and internal evaluation processes that meet instructional requirements.  As the degree granting institution for the PhD in Technology Management, Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). In addition, ISU was last reviewed in 2010 and received re-accreditation for ten years.  BGSU and UCM are also fully accredited by the NCA, while ECU and NCAT are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The core components of the PhD in Technology Management consortial relationship include:
The PhD in Technology Management consortium provides access to a doctoral program that draws faculty expertise from five universities, in technological fields that are necessary for regional and statewide, as well as national and global economic development.  ECU's participation in the PhD Consortium fulfills three components of the university's mission statement, including

 
Student demographics in the ISU self-study document submitted for their 2010 NCA reaccreditation revealed that 23 out of the 158 enrolled students were from North Carolina.  Graduates of this program join North Carolina’s workforce as faculty members who prepare students for careers in high-demand occupations in technical fields or assume leadership roles in government and industry.  To that end, this consortium integrates well with the economic development missions and objectives of ECU and the state.


Internally, ECU faculty have been engaged in discussions surrounding ECU’s continued participation in the consortium, as well
as alignment with its mission.  ECU faculty and administrators have also participated in annual, on-campus, face-to-face meetings with the Director of the PhD consortium.  The Consortium Agreement between campuses has been re-visited over the past several years, in-part due to changes in the Consortium university membership, re-allocation of course responsibility and succession of new deans, central administrators and/or service unit personnel.  Consortium meetings for deans and council members have been part of the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Annual Conference Agendas, formerly the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT).  In addition, the Consortium Director and Council meet regularly throughout the year via teleconference, or in few cases, face-to-face.  Most meetings and discussions over the past five years have centered on curriculum revisions.  Agendas from meetings for the PhD in Technology Management Consortium on March 15, 2012, March 1, 2012, and October 6, 2009 provide documentation.  As a result of these meetings, a new PhD in Technology Management Program of Study Template has emerged and been approved for implementation during the 2012/13 academic year.

Contractual Agreements

East Carolina University has a contractual agreement with Pitt Community College for delivery of two remedial math courses.  The Contractual Agreement between East Carolina University and Pitt Community College is consistent with the Guidelines on Contracting with Community Colleges to Offer Remedial Instruction published in the UNC Code.  As stated in the contractual agreement (item #6), “Pitt Community College will provide instruction for the MATH 0045/MAT 095 remedial courses in keeping with the guidelines established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.” The agreement also details the evaluation of instruction by both students and program directors at each institution.  ECU ensures that qualifications of instructors are consistent with SACS and ECU credentialing guidelines and includes these instructors of record for remedial courses on the ECU Faculty Roster provided in Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1.

In summary, East Carolina University ensures the quality of educational programs and courses offered through consortial relationships or contractual agreements, ensures ongoing compliance with the Principles, and periodically evaluates the consortial relationship and/or agreement against the mission of the institution.

 

Documentation

Reference Title

Location

(ATMAE) Annual Conference Agendas

ATMAE2011_Preconference 9-24 (2)

BGSU

BGSU _ _ About BGSU

Contractual Agreement between East Carolina University and Pitt Community College

PCCECU Contract

Consortium for Doctoral Studies in Technology: Original Proposal

PhD_Consortium_Original_Proposal

ECU

Points East - ECU at a Glance

German Curriculum Committee Minutes/Agendas: 2008

GCC MINUTES April 19 2008

German Curriculum Committee Minutes/Agendas: 2009

GCC AGENDA APRIL 1 2009

German Curriculum Committee Minutes/Agendas: 2010

GCC MINUTES April 12 2010

German Curriculum Committee Minutes/Agendas: 2011

GCC AGENDA APRIL 1 2011

German Curriculum Committee Minutes/Agendas: 2012

GCC AGENDA FEB 6 2012

German Studies Consortium: Original Proposal

UNCGermStudConsortProposal

German Studies Consortium: Request for Authorization

RequestAuthGERMConsortium

 

Guidelines on Contracting with Community Colleges to Offer Remedial Instruction

400.1.11

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

NCAHLC

Indiana State University

Indiana State University_ Accreditations

Mission

ECU Mission Statement

NCAT

North Carolina AT State University

North Central Association of College and Schools

NCA

PhD in Technology Management Consortium Agenda: October 6, 2009

Meeting Agenda ECU 10-06-2009

PhD in Technology Management Consortium Agenda: March 1, 2011

PhD Consortium March 1 2011 Meeting

PhD in Technology Management Consortium Agenda: March 15, 2012

PhD Consortium March 15 2012 Meeting

PhD in Technology Management Program of Study Template

Curriculum TEMPLATE 01-12-2012

Policy on Collaborative Academic Arrangements

Collaborative Arrangements final

Request for Authorization for the Consortium PhD Program in Technology Management

PhD_Cons_Req_Auth_Part_in_Inter-institutional_Agreement

SACS Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation--Foundations for Quality Enhancement

Resource Manual, Appendix B

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Commission on Colleges

UCM

UCM

UNC German Studies Consortium Council Minutes/Agendas: 25 April 2008

UNCGSC 25 APRIL 2008

UNC German Studies Consortium Council Minutes/Agendas: 21 January 2010

UNCGSC 3 FEB 2010 AGENDA

UNC German Studies Consortium Council Minutes/Agendas: 25 February 2011

UNCGSC MARCH 2 2011 AGENDA

UNC German Studies Consortium Council Minutes/Agendas: 10 March 2011

UNCGSC MARCH 10 2011 Follow Up

UNC German Studies Consortium Council Minutes/Agendas: 16 February 2012

UNCGSC FEB 2012 AGENDA

UNC Foreign Language Assembly

UNCLA Charge

UNC Language Assembly Minutes/Agendas: 5 September 2011

UNCLAAgenda9-9-2011

UNC Language Assembly Minutes/Agendas: 16 November 2011

minutes_UNC_LANGUAGE_ASSEMBLY

UNC Language Assembly Minutes/Agendas: 10 January 2012

UNCLAAgenda1-24-12