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Compliance Certification Report
Comprehensive Standards 3.4.7


Last Updated Aug 2, 2004
(static edition)


Comprehensive Standards 3.4.7:

The institution ensures the quality of educational programs/courses offered through consortia 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.

The Institution Certifies Compliance: Yes

Compliance report completed by: Audit Team 19

Statement of Rationale for Judgment of Compliance:

The University of Memphis has a wide variety of cooperative arrangements that advance the university’s educational goals. These include exchange agreements with international and U.S. institutions, clinical and field experience placements for course credit, student internship programs, and cooperative education placements.  

Exchange agreements with international institutions are initiated by the director of international programs in collaboration with the provost. Contracts are approved by the provost and legal counsel before being signed by the president of the university. [1] Credit earned through these opportunities is subject to prior approval and considered for transfer credit on a course-by-course evaluation. [2]

Grades for internships, clinical practicums, practice teaching, and similar arrangements are issued by the instructor of record, who is, in all instances, a member of the UofM faculty.

The University of Memphis does not participate in any contractual credit courses, degrees, or certificate programs that involve the granting of academic credit by other institutions or organizations. However, the university participates in two consortial relationships that advance the university’s educational goals. For these agreements, the university employs a review process or guidelines to ensure program quality, compliance with comprehensive requirements, and conformity to the university’s mission. The two consortial relationships are:

Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering

The UofM collaborates with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to offer a Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering. [3] The program, which was approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, [4] operates with review by the graduate school of each institution, by the pertinent overarching unit (at UofM, Herff College of Engineering), and by department-like, shared committees for the Joint Program. [5]

Affiliation with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

The Department of Biology has an affiliation [6] with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) at Ocean Springs, Mississippi, along with over 60 other universities and colleges. The University of Southern Mississippi administers the GCRL. As part of the affiliation agreement, the UofM lists the courses that are taught by personnel at the GCRL in the undergraduate [7] and graduate [8] catalogs. Institutional affiliation allows students at the UofM to enroll at the GCRL for summer courses without paying out-of-state fees.  


Relevant Organizational Unit(s):

Provost; Vice Provost for Academic Affairs


Supporting Documentation and Evidence:

[1] Template Memorandum of Agreement and Agreement for the Exchange of Students
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[2]

UofM Undergraduate Bulletin, Credit Transferred from Other Institutions

UofM Graduate Bulletin, Transfer Credit

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[3] UofM Graduate Bulletin, Biomedical Engineering
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[4] Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering, THEC Approval
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[5] Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering Proposal
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[6] Affiliate Agreement, UofM and University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
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[7] UofM Undergraduate Bulletin, Biology
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[8] UofM Graduate Bulletin, Biology
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