Agreement Checklist

Any new agreement between Florida Atlantic University and an overseas institution must be accompanied by a supporting proposal that addresses the following main points.  Education Abroad will assist to prepare this proposal and to maintain partner files on the status of the partner thereafter.  Existing partners with current agreements will need to have a similar document prepared on their status as a university partner on a regular basis; Education Abroad will take the lead to arrange regular partner reviews with the assistance of relevant FAU colleges. 

(MOUs do not need a proposal as outlined herein, but should be accompanied by a short memorandum outlining the basic information about the proposed MOU institution.)

Section 1 –  The following general information is needed for any basic agreement:

1.) Overview
(Provide a detailed description of the exchange or other academic activities, including program outcomes)

2.) Relation of the program to the university and/or college mission
(Explain in detail how the program advances the university and/or college mission)

3.) Budget
(Provide a detailed presentation of start-up and other recurring budgets associated with the agreement, with identification of all funding sources)

4.) Physical facilities (classrooms, offices, libraries, laboratories) for the program
(Describe the educational facilities at the international site and an assessment of its adequacy for supporting instruction and learning comparable to quality in FAU)

5.) Program faculty
(Provide a description of the academic preparation of the faculty responsible for delivering the curriculum at the international site)

6.) Admissions and records
(Detail admission requirements for students transferring to FAU from an affiliate institution for degree seeking purposes, recruitment and admission processes, the process to be used to determining the applicability of academic credit earned at an affiliate institution to any FAU degree program, the process for entering credits earned at an affiliate institution on FAU transcripts, and identification of these credits on FAU transcripts)

7.) Policy waivers or modifications
(List any FAU policies, including tuition policies, to be waived or modified by the agreement and provide a detailed justification)

8.) Control and administration of the program
(Provide a detailed description of the processes for the ongoing monitoring of academic program quality, comparable student learning outcomes, the adequacy of learning resources, faculty credentials, and public communications about the agreement and its activities by the affiliated institution)

9.) Program evaluation
(Provide a program evaluation plan, noting anticipated timeframes and responsibilities between the partners)

Section 2 – The following issues also need to be addressed in any agreement that calls for reciprocal student exchange:

1.) Accreditation status of foreign institution
(If the international partner in the proposed exchange lacks regional accreditation, the section on “Control and Administration” must be expanded to demonstrate compliance with the Commission of Colleges, Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Guidelines on Contractual Relationships with non-regionally Accredited Organizations)

2.) FAU students served (for reciprocal student exchanges)
(Describe the FAU student population to be served, the numbers of students to be exchanged each year, and the anticipated educational benefits)

3.) FAU student eligibility requirements (for reciprocal student exchanges)
(Describe all policies related to student eligibility for the program)

4.) Foreign student eligibility requirements (where appropriate)
(Describe all policies related to the selection and admission of international students participating in exchange activities)

5.) Academic credit policies
(Describe policies for awarding FAU credit for courses completed at the international site)

6.) FAU student expenses
(Provide an estimate of expenses such as tuition to be paid to the home institution, health insurance, room and meals, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses for participating FAU students and refund, cancellation and collection polices)

7.) Financial assistance
(List financial aid that may be available to FAU students, incoming international students, and how any such funds will be managed)

8.) Transportation, food, and housing
(Describe any transportation, food, or housing arrangements for students that will be covered by the agreement)

9.) Complaint resolution
(Describe processes for resolving student complaints)

10.) Policy waivers or modifications
(Students pay tuition and fees to their home institution. Minor fees may be charged by the host institution. Any waiver of other tuition costs must be negotiated with the sponsoring college(s), Education Abroad, and the campus)

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