Faculty-led programs, like international education as a whole, offer valuable opportunities for intercollegiate and interdisciplinary collaborations. We encourage faculty leaders to partner with colleagues in other departments, colleges, or universities domestically or abroad whenever possible. These partnerships can produce many benefits, such as generating unique interdisciplinary synergies, maximizing student interest through an expanded target audience, increasing academic course offerings for all stakeholders, and providing opportunities for faculty and staff professional development. Kansas State has agreements with many affiliate partners worldwide that may provide support for faculty-led programs, including provision of classroom space, hiring of guest lecturers, or even lodging arrangements.
If you choose to work with a third party organization, Education Abroad will need this organization’s relevant details, including contact information, as Supplemental Materials at the program proposal stage.
Collaborative Program Models
Most faculty-led programs are Faculty Directed/Organized, meaning that faculty design and execute the course and tour entirely on their own. That said, Kansas State faculty have used other models that involve third-party organizations, including:
- Customized Programs through Third Party Program Providers: The faculty leader works with a third-party program provider that helps organize the program based on the faculty leader’s specifications. For more information on these third-party providers and the services that they provide, contact Education Abroad.
- Direct Enrollment in Pre-Designed Programs: The faculty leader, contracted on a short-term basis at a host institution abroad, teaches a course at that institution for Kansas State students.
- Exchange Agreements: The faculty leader creates a program with an existing Kansas State exchange partner.
Third-Party Organization Contracts
Some third-party collaborations involve a contract that requires signature authority on behalf of the university. If this is the case for your program, the contract must undergo review with Education Abroad and Office of General Counsel to ensure compliance with university policy and state and federal law. Faculty leaders, with rare exceptions, do not possess signature authority for these contracts, which typically require the signature of the Provost.
Once Education Abroad and Office of General Counsel review the initial contract, they will include the DA-146a Contractual Provision Attachment, a State of Kansas contract addendum. Education Abroad will work with the third-party organization to settle any issues for all involved parties. Once the contract is settled, the Education Abroad Office will procure the appropriate university representative’s signature and return the final contract to the faculty leader or the third-party organization. If contract terms are not acceptable to any involved parties, the faculty leader may want to seek a different third-party collaborator.
Third-party contract review may occur separately from the proposal review process, depending on the nature of the contract. Be aware that the review process may take several weeks to even several months to complete, given the level of communication among and the limited resources of the third-party organization, Education Abroad, and the Office of General Counsel.