PROCEDURES FOR DEVELOPING ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS
To advance one of the three foundation goals of the Miami 2020 Plan to “cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships and applied and service-oriented projects that strengthen our local, state, national, and world communities,” Miami faculty, programs, and departments are seeking new partnerships with universities, colleges, schools, industries, communities, and other institutions.
The Academic Partnerships Committee is the body charged with coordinating Miami’s academic institutional partnerships to better ensure their long-term success.
Academic partnerships can be defined in multiple ways and come in a variety of forms, including:
• Partnerships with colleges and universities in and outside the United States
• Partnerships with K-12 schools
• Partnerships with industry
• Partnerships with community organizations and governments
Academic partnerships typically involve a formal agreement [which is also known as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Master Services Agreement (MSA), or Institutional Articulation Agreement.]. This formal agreement expresses the mutual intent to collaborate in areas that would be beneficial to each institution.
MoUs or MSAs may lead to more specific activities and goals, which could then be expressed in the form of an addendum or “detailed agreement” which articulates the terms of a more specific activity. Addenda and detailed agreements can take many forms, including (but not limited to): transfer/articulation agreements, international exchange agreements, dual enrollment agreements, joint degree agreements, clinical placements, and joint research project agreements.