Definitions of Types and Purposes

​Agreement Types

Contract - Outlines the division of roles and responsibilities between Central Michigan University and at least one other party and​ is signed by all affected parties. 

Non-contractual agreement Details Central Michigan University's understanding of the division of roles and responsibilities between Central Michigan University 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 Central Michigan University academic program
Clinical Experience Licensed staff facilitate the clinical education of students connecting practice with coursework theory, ensuring a learning experience consistent with the academic curriculum. Clinical Experience agreements are contracts designed to give students direct contact with the target population of their chosen field in a controlled setting, ensuring program objectives and learning outcomes are met. Central Michigan University offers clinical experiences for the College of Medicine, various programs in the College of Health Professions, and the student teaching program in the College of Education and Human Services.

Clinical Placement - Clinical placement agreements are designed to encompass the practical education experience required as part of a professional course of study, most often in the health professions fields.  May contain additional provisions such as background checks when dealing with vulnerable populations. 

Collaboration - An agreement established between Central Michigan University and an outside organization establishing guidelines and responsibilities to achieve shared goals.

Co-Mentoring Program - A reciprocal and mutually beneficial agreement to establish a dialog that allows mentor and mentee to shift roles, teach and learn from one another at the same time. 

Consortium - A partnership of two or more institutions or organizations with common objectives. For example: multiple entities working together combining expertise to increase access to healthcare, or multiple institutions partnering to expand international educational offerings to their student populations. 

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.

Dual Credit - Dual credit agreements outline the details whereby a student is enrolled in two separate institutions, and receives credit at both institutions. 

Dual Degree - An agreement which details the requirements for two degrees from two institutions with efficiencies in course transfer. Each institution is responsible for its own degree.

Exploratory - An agreement intended to encourage mutual cooperation and recognize a formal friendship, but involve no commitment other than to continue to explore the possibility of creating an agreement. These are most often a goodwill effort symbolizing the intent to work toward a more detailed future agreement with an international partner and can include a formal signing ceremony. 

Facility Usage - An agreement designed to support office or classroom space for academic purposes at locations remote from Central Michigan University's main campus. Space may be rented or leased, and may be on other university campuses, in office parks, or on military bases.
Faculty Exchange - An agreement  which specifies details for Central Michigan University faculty to teach at a partner institution, as well as the arrangements for faculty from the partner institution to teach at CMU. 

Field Experience - An agreement which outlines activities to be completed by Central Michigan University students outside of the college classroom The activities give controlled experience in the student's specific field of study and supplement the content of the course of study.

Internship - An internship is formal program to provide practical and professional experience required as part of the course of study. Internship agreements are those contracts between Central Michigan University and external entities which involve academic experiences for CMU students at off-campus locations and may include academic experience outside of the United States. 

Joint Research - An agreement written as a contract, grant or cooperative agreement entered into by two or more persons or entities for the performance of experimental, developmental or research work in the field defined by the agreement.

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. 

PracticumA course taken for academic credit that combines classroom and field activities under the supervision of a university instructor Practicum contracts are established for off-campus work experiences supervised by licensed faculty or staff involving the practical application of learned classroom theory.

Preceptor - An agreement between Central Michigan University and an individual health professional which details the supervision of students gaining clinical experience in their field of study.

Research AgreementThese agreements between Central Michigan University and an outside institution or organization are designed to detail collaborative research endeavors. The agreement may involve CMU faculty and students at a site performing research, the sharing of facilities or resources, and detail the publication of findings.

Reverse Transfer - An articulation agreement which details the circumstances under which a student may transfer credits earned at Central Michigan University to another previously attended institution. These arrangements enable qualified students to obtain an Associate's Degree from a qualifying, previously attended institution. 

Service Agreement - An agreement designed to specify services provided by Central Michigan University, by the agency, or both organizations in support of academic programs. Examples include agreements with the military to delineate conditions under which CMU provides instructions to service members.

Service Learning An agreement between Central Michigan University and an agency designed to support academic learning by integrating meaningful community service with instruction and reflection. Service learning agreements are designed to supplement the learning process, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.

Student Exchange - An agreement established when Central Michigan University students attend a foreign institution while students from the same foreign institution attend CMU. An equal exchange of students is required and these agreements set forth tuition rates and considerations for each institution.

Student Recruitment - An agreement specifically designed for the purpose of recruiting students to apply to various Central Michigan University programs of study. These agreements have 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.  Student teaching experiences are now classified as a Clinical Experience.
Student Transfer - Student transfer agreements promote graduate education and strengthen academic cooperation between two educational institutions. Through coursework and admission requirements satisfied at a partner institution, a limited number of students are assured admission to a specific graduate level program at Central Michigan University. 

Study Abroad - An international agreement detailing the conditions under which Central Michigan University students may receive academic experience in another country. An international internship affiliation agreement must be used to secure an international study abroad work arrangement.

Tuition Reduction - An agreement in which Central Michigan University agrees to reduce tuition fees to international students from specific institutions without including additional conditions. Contact the Office of Academic Affairs for guidance on any such agreements. Approval by the Provost is required. ​​