What is an academic partnership?

When I first started the journey into developing academic partnerships for the company I worked for in 2004, there was one, 16-week certificate program available from a local, public university.   When I finished my time at the employer, there are 7 university partners involved in almost 20 degree, degree-building, and certificate programs.

By my definition, an academic partnership is a 1:1 relationship between your organization and a university.  Academic partnerships provide targeted degree, degree-building, and certificate programs exclusively to your employees or members at a location convenient to them.  In many cases, that location is your business’ location.  Professors are assigned to your location and deliver the same courses that are delivered on the university campus.

Academic partnerships can be designed for companies, communities, or consortiums of groups or individuals.


About Gary Stocker
Since 2004, I have developed more than a dozen academic partnership programs with 7 different universities. I have developed the web site: www.collegecohorts.com to share the tips, systems, and processes that were used. Theses partnerships include certificate, degree-building, degree programs for a major midwestern health care system. Examples of the academic partnerships include, MBA, MHA, RN to BSN, MSN, Allied Health, and Nurse Case Manager.

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