3.4.7 Consortial Relationships/Contractual Agreements

The institution ensures the quality of educational programs and courses offered through consortial relationships or contractual agreements, ensures ongoing compliance with the comprehensive requirements, and evaluates the consortial relationship and/or agreement against the purpose of the institution.

Judgment of Compliance

PVAMU SACS Accreditation - Judgement Compliance

Narrative of Compliance

The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a consortium of almost 200 four-year colleges and universities in the United States and its territories, which have joined together for the purpose of exchanging students among member institutions [1]. As noted in the Student Conduct Code and Handbook: "NSE offers study opportunities at diverse university settings and provides access to a wide array of courses and programs; field experiences, co-op and internship options; and resident assistant, honors and study abroad opportunities, The program features a tuition reciprocity system, which allows students to attend their host institution by paying either instate tuition/fees of their host institution or the normal tuition of their home campus. Work completed while on exchange at the host campus is brought back to the home institution and credited to the student’s degree program. Each campus had a coordinator who interacts on behalf of incoming and outgoing students with other member campuses and with various departments on their own campus." [2]

As noted in Core Requirement 2.10, participation in this program provides Prairie View A&M students with affordable and practical opportunities to experience new educational settings. Likewise, students from other universities have an opportunity to attend classes at PVAMU. The program supports the University's mission by helping it to "respond to the needs and aspirations of individuals" and to further serve its "diverse ethnic and socioeconomic population." [3] To date one student from Prairie View A&M University has participated in the exchange [4]. Although the program began in the fall of 2007, several students have attended courses at the PVAMU through this exchange program [4]. Eastern Illinois University recently featured one of its students on exchange to PVAMU in a campus publication, and the program appears beneficial for all students involved [5].

For PVAMU students, courses are evaluated before they enroll to ensure proper transfer credit and alignment with courses taught at the University. Transfer credit is evaluated using the same approach outlined in Comprehensive Standard 3.4.4. The University does not have contractual agreements for offering courses.

Supporting Documentation and Links

Comprehensive Standards 3.4.7

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