Institutional Collaboration

Course and Program Share Network

Section 3333.90 of the Ohio Revised Code requires the Department of Higher Education (DHE) to establish a course and program sharing network that allows Ohio’s public colleges and universities and adult career centers to share curricula for existing courses and academic programs with one another. The purpose of the network is to increase course and program availability across the state and to avoid unnecessary duplication. 

 

Course and program sharing is an academic collaboration to practice efficiency that provides the opportunity for credit to be more accessible and affordable while improving the quality of the curricula. Establishing new academic or training programs is often expensive and time consuming, particularly when striving to meet student demands or local industry needs in a timely fashion. The network allows two or more campuses to work in collaboration to deliver programming that specifically addresses business and/or industry needs and to meet those needs efficiently. 

 

DHE defines course and program sharing as the delivery and management of curriculum offered between two or more campuses. The “home” campus is where the student receives his/her degree or certificate, and the “host” campus is the collaborating school where a student takes a course outside of his/her home campus. Courses and programs are shared via agreements established between the campuses. 

 

There are a number of tools and examples used in an effort to be successful in sharing courses and programs. The following are real-life program sharing tools and resources that Ohio’s campuses are using to implement this practice.  For more information about the course and program sharing network, contact Sara Molski at smolski@highered.ohio.gov.  

 

Examples of tools and resources: