Developing Collaborative Academic Programs across Institutions

Topics: Academic Planning, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How do institutions develop agreements for collaborative programs?
  • How do institutions distribute costs and revenue of collaborative programs among institutions or academic programs?
  • How do institutions evaluate agreements for collaborative programs?


As administrators consider how to attract additional students, they increasingly turn to collaborative programs with other institutions to offer academic programs otherwise unavailable to students (e.g., three-two programs through which students earn both a bachelor of science and master of engineering degree). This report examines how institutions establish agreements for collaborative programs, distribute revenue and costs, and evaluate the success of programs.