Definitions of Types and Purposes

Agreement Types

Contract – 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 military bases.

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 material. 

Preceptor - These agreements are between CMU and individual health professionals. They specify the agreements under which supervision is provided to students in clinical settings.

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 specific arrangements.

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 communities.

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 student.

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 arrangement.

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.

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