IV. K. Cooperative Programs with Regents' Institutions

One function of the State Board is to foster and encourage cooperative efforts between the institutions of the University System and Technical Colleges.

The educational opportunities provided to the citizens of Georgia can be enhanced by combining the resources of institutions administered by both the Board of Regents and State Board. The outcomes of such cooperative efforts, in addition to providing additional educational opportunities for students, can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the existing delivery system, with the student as the focal point of such cooperative efforts. Cooperative agreements are not intended to alter the mission of any institution but rather to create additional options for students.

For purposes of definition, the term "Cooperative Program" is a program for which:

1) There is a formal agreement between institutions regarding program structure.

2) Generally, no extra funding is required.

3) Transfer credit provisions are defined. Technical College credit is usually transferred on a block basis rather than course by course.

4) The student may attend both institutions simultaneously or separately in any order, depending upon prerequisite requirements.

The State Board encourages the establishment of formal agreements between colleges/universities and Technical Colleges. The purposes of such agreements should be to increase the educational opportunities of students and to improve the utilization of existing educational resources. Cooperative agreements should place emphasis on the needs of the student and should contain provisions that unnecessary repetition of course work is avoided.

The State Board supports the concepts of:

1) Encouraging transfer of course work among institutions.

2) Prevention of students having to unnecessarily repeat course work.

3) Providing opportunities for Technical College students to continue their education with maximum flexibility and career mobility.

4) Implementing, where appropriate, the career ladder concept in education, providing maximum opportunities for students to progress to their full potential.

Cooperative agreements shall be formally approved by each institution and shall include the following components:

1) Needs Assessment

2) Types of Program(s) and Degree(s)

3) Admissions Requirements

4) Transfer Credit Provisions

5) Cost Factors

6) Facilities

7) Implementation Timeline

8) Joint Committee

The proposal should include provisions that the student must individually meet the admission requirements of each institution and is eligible for all student benefits of the institution(s) in which enrolled. Also, the proposal should stipulate that the student may enroll in either institution first or may be enrolled concurrently, unless prohibited by prerequisite requirements.

Adopted: September 5, 1985
Revised: June 18, 2001
Code: 04-02-11