Member institutions are responsible for notifying and providing SACSCOC with signed final copies of agreements governing their collaborative academic arrangements (as defined in this policy).  These arrangements must address the requirements set forth in the collaborative academic arrangements policy and procedures.  For all such arrangements, SACSCOC-accredited institutions assume responsibility for (1) the integrity of the collaborative academic arrangements, (2) the quality of credits recorded on their transcripts, and (3) compliance with accreditation requirements.


Compliance Judgment: In compliance

Narrative

As defined in the SACS-COC Policy Statement of Collaborative Academic Arrangements, East Carolina University has no dual educational programs or joint educational programs.

East Carolina University participates in consortial arrangements and contractual agreements as described fully in the compliance narrative for comprehensive standard 3.4.7.  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:

  •  A consortial relationship typically in one in which two or more institutions share in the responsibility of developing and delivering courses and programs that meet mutually agreed-upon standards of academic quality.
  •   A contractual agreement typically is one in which an institution enters into an agreement with another institution or service provider for receipt or delivery of courses/programs or portions of courses/programs delivered by another institution of service provider.

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 as documented in terms of the arrangements:  a University of North Carolina German Studies Consortium (since 2002) and an inter-institutional arrangement to offer the PhD in Technology Management (since 1998). These consortial relationships include two common components:

  • An academic council (governing body) with membership consisting of one campus coordinator from each participating university
  • An evaluation process delineating the roles and responsibilities of all parties to the agreement. The evaluation includes discussions of content, delivery, and any needed course or curricular revisions 

As documented in the compliance narrative for comprehensive standard 3.4.7, these agreements are evaluated on a regular basis to ensure the integrity of the arrangements, the quality of credits recorded on transcripts, and compliance with accreditation requirements.

The PhD in Technology Management was reported to SACS and included in our 2002 Self-Study Compliance Report, volume 2, page 230. Documentation has since been misplaced; a replacement notifcation of participation from the chancellor is provided here.
 

Contractual Agreements

As a constituent campus of the University of North Carolina, East Carolina University has entered into the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System, a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between North Carolina community colleges and the University of North Carolina system’s public universities. This agreement was approved by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges in 1996, with 13 subsequent revisions demonstrating its continuous review. The CAA provides certain assurances to the transferring student; for example, the CAA identifies community college courses that are appropriate for transfer as electives. Courses that will satisfy pre-major and general education requirements are also specified. In spring 2012, the University of North Carolina formed a Joint Review Committee for the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, co-chaired by ECU Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Marilyn Sheerer.

As new programs are approved and curricula evolve, East Carolina University may also enter into articulation agreements that are of mutual benefit to ECU and to other community colleges. As stated in the institution’s internal regulation, Approval and Review of Bilateral Agreements, “Under bilateral agreements, ECU and one or more community colleges may join in a collaborative effort to facilitate the transfer of students from AAS degree programs to baccalaureate degree programs.  Each articulation or bilateral agreement must clearly demonstrate that its objectives are consistent with the ECU mission and that it is appropriate to the degrees, programs or courses to which it applies.”  These articulation agreements are published in the University of North Carolina  Bilateral Agreement Inventory by University of North Carolina—North Carolina Community College System and University of North Carolina and by the North Carolina Community College System Bilateral Agreements and maintained in the ECU Office of Academic Programs. 

The University Bilateral Agreements Committee (UBAC) reviews all articulation agreements against the mission of the East Carolina University.  Every agreement is approved by the academic dean and the provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs according to the policies and procedures stated in the Approval and Review of Bilateral Agreements regulation.   This agreement includes UBAC’s charge, review criteria, membership (4 faculty and 3 administrators), and approval process.

ECU’s articulation agreements (as of August 1, 2012) are provided in the list of ECU Articulation Agreements [note that both the UNC and NCCC system lists are not current]. 

Ensuring Integrity of Collaborative Agreements

All collaborative programs are subject to review and approval by the University Bilateral Agreements Committee and in accordance with the following:

Each level of administrative review ensures that a proposed educational program is consistent with the ECU mission, and that the partnering institution possesses both the organizational and financial resources to ensure the quality of its educational programs.

In 2011, East Carolina University began a collaborative academic arrangement with La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Tuscany, Italy. As stated in the Agreement of Terms and reflected in both letter of notification to SACS and the SACS response, ECU students can have a semester-long "study abroad experience" while enrolled in the courses taught by ECU faculty. La Meridiana provides lodging, meals, studio space, classrooms, and class supplies. During the semester, ECU students have access to classrooms with academic faculty in Art History, Italian language, and communication classes. On-site Italian support faculty are previously approved and credentialed by the ECU School of Art and Design. East Carolina University ensures the integrity of the academic arrangements in accordance with the SACS Policy Statement on Collaborative Academic Arrangements. In April 2012, the university received notification from SACS -COC accepting notification of the agreement with La Meridiana and requiring no additional information.

Through these policies, procedures, and practices, ECU
assumes responsibility for (1) the integrity of the collaborative academic arrangements, (2) the quality of credits recorded on the institution’s transcripts, and (3) compliance with accreditation requirements.

 

Documentation

Reference Title

Location

Agreement of Terms

La Meridian

Approval and Review of Bilateral Agreements

Approval and Review of Bilateral Agreements

Board of Governors Policy on Academic Program Planning

Board_of_Governors_Policy_on_Academic_Program_Planning

Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System

102.51CAA_Modified_June_2010_v4

ECU Articulation Agreements

ECU Articulation Agreements and Consortial Arrangements

Guidelines for Academic Program Development

Guidelines_for_Academic_Program_Development

Improvements to the Academic Program Review and Approval Process

Memo to Campuses-Suzanne Ortega

Joint Review Committee for the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement

Joint Review Committee

Letter of Notification to SACS SOAD Italy

North Carolina Community College System Bilateral Agreements

NC Community Colleges Bilateral Agreements

Notification from SACS-COC SACS-COC Italy

Notification of Substantive Change to SACS-COC

Notification of Substantive Change to COC-SACS

Policy on Collaborative Academic Arrangements

Collaborative Arrangements final

Regulations for Academic Program Planning and Evaluation

Regs_for_Academic_Pgm_Plng_and_Eval

Request to Participate in Inter-Institutional Arrangement: German Studies Consortium University of North Carolina German Studies Consortium
Request to Participate in an Inter-Instituional Arrangement: PhD in Technology Management PhD in Technology Management
SACS Notification PhD in Technology Management Notifcation of Participation

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

Resource Manual, Appendix B

SACS Response SACS response-Italy

Unit Codes of Operation

Approved University Academic Unit Codes of Operation

University of North Carolina  Bilateral Agreement Inventory by University of North Carolina—North Carolina Community College System and University of North Carolina

BILATERAL_AGREEMENTS_BY_UNIVERSITY