outlines the division of roles and responsibilities between CMU and at least
one other party and is signed by all affected parties.
Non-contractual agreement – states CMU’s understanding of the division of roles and
responsibilities between CMU and another party but is signed only by CMU.
Purposes of Agreements
Articulation - Articulation
agreements detail the circumstances under which a student may transfer credits
earned at another institution and have them applied toward a CMU program.
Clinical Placement - These
agreements are a very specific type of affiliation in which students are placed
in clinical settings. They contain provisions that are absent from most other
agreements. For example, many placement sites will require a ‘HIPAA Addendum’
when we place students with them for clinical experience.
Consortium - CMU
sometimes partners with other institutions for a variety of purposes. One
example: collaborating with other institutions to engage an agency to place our
students at various international sites that are pre-screened and identified by
the agency. In such cases, it is necessary for CMU to be included as one of
many signatories on a consortium agreement.
Curricular Services - These
agreements are with organizations or companies that provide instructional
materials and/or services to CMU for integration into our courses and programs.
Examples include our partnerships with SAP America and Dow Six Sigma.
Exploratory - These
agreements are intended to encourage mutual cooperation and friendship but
involve no commitment other than to continue to explore the possibility of
creating an agreement. Such a document is usually a first step toward a more
detailed future agreement. Such agreements are unnecessary unless requested by
the other party. These are most often used for international partnerships and
sometimes are part of a formal signing ceremony.
Facility Usage - There are
many agreements that support our ability to use facilities for academic
purposes at locations remote from CMU’s main campus. Space may be rented or
leased, and may be on other university campuses, in office parks, or on
Internship - Internship
agreements are those contracts between Central Michigan University and external
entities which involve academic experiences for CMU students at off-campus
locations, including those outside the United States.
Licensure - CMU must
sometimes pay license fees to make use of instructional material. Where
possible, these are licensed at the institution level. For example, we have
licensure agreements with ASCAP, BMI, and other major providers of such
Preceptor - These
agreements are between CMU and individual health professionals. They specify
the agreements under which supervision is provided to students in clinical
Service - These
agreements are designed to specify services provided by either CMU, by the agency,
or by both organizations to support academic programs. Examples include
agreements with the military to delineate conditions under which CMU provides
instruction to service members. These are broad agreements which may detail
financial arrangements, facility usage, staff assignments, and a host of other
Service-Learning – A teaching and learning strategy that integrates
meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich
the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen
SO Waiver - There are
a few in number and were used only temporarily by CMU. They were disclaimer
letters that indicated a Dean’s awareness of the potential liability associated
with placing students at a specific site in the absence of an agreement. The
Dean accepted legal and financial responsibility for the assignment, signed the
letter, and sent it to the Provost.
Student Exchange - Student
Exchange is a specific arrangement which involves CMU students attending an
institution and students from that institution attending CMU. Most often,
student exchange agreements allow students to pay tuition to their home
institution. Therefore, a balance of students going and coming is important.
Although CMU has developed a standard template, in actuality these are often
initiated by an external entity and are therefore unique.
Student Recruitment - CMU
engages with agencies for the specific purposes of recruiting students to apply
to our various programs of study. In these cases, there are often very detailed
provisions that address tuition arrangements, admission requirements, etc.
Student Teaching - Historically,
the title “Agreement Concerning Professional Laboratory Experiences” appears at
the top of these agreements. In general terms, such agreements describe the
division of responsibilities between CMU and the site at which pre-service
students receive classroom experience within a K-12 system. They include
provisions that address issues such as: the role of cooperating teachers, the
means through which students are approved for placement, and who supervises the
Study Abroad - These
international agreements detail the conditions under which CMU students may
receive an experience in another country. These agreements may have various
titles depending upon the requirements of the external entity. Some study
abroad examples include: cooperative study abroad agreement, contact, MOU, etc.
Whenever possible, it is preferred that the CMU developed “International
Internship Affiliation Agreement” template be used to secure a study abroad
Tuition Reduction - There may
sometimes be a commitment to reduced tuition for a group of students included
within a larger agreement. However, increasingly CMU wishes to communicate our
commitment to reduced tuition to international students from specific
institutions without including any additional conditions. In these cases, a
non-contractual letter, signed by our Provost, is provided to the institution.
The letter outlines the parameters of that commitment, including the expiration
date of the reduction guarantee.