Institutional Collaboration

Course and Program Share Network

How-To guide: Sharing Courses/Programs
How-To Guide: Sharing Courses/Programs at Ohio's Colleges and Universities (Sep 2017). Click here to download!

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  

Examples of tools and resources:

Innovation Grants

The Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Innovation Grant program supports institutional collaboration and encourages Ohio’s colleges and universities to partner together to bring about educational excellence and economic efficiency throughout the state in order to stabilize or reduce student tuition rates at institutions of higher education.

Shared Services / Co-located Campuses

The Task Force for Creating Opportunities for Shared Governance on Co-Located Campuses, created under Sub HB 391 and hereinafter called the “Task Force,” was charged with creating a model of shared governance for co-located campuses. A co-located campus is one in which a community college and regional branch of a four-year institution of higher education are located on the same or adjoining campuses. The committee strived to determine “best practices” and determined that collaboration is driven by leadership and can ultimately benefit students and the institutions themselves. Essentially, collaboration results in shared governance. Co-located campuses provide “best practices” in collaboration and shared services that should be models for other higher education institutions.