Consortial Agreements Overview

Consortial Agreements and Programs


At the University of Louisville consortial agreements or collaborative relationships generally fall into three categories:Faculty/Student Exchanges, Affiliation Agreements, or Academic Partnerships.Whether the relationship is called a memorandum of agreement (MOA), a memorandum of understanding (MOU), an affiliation, a partnership, a collaboration, or some other term is not significant. What matters is the purpose or goals of the relationship.


A memorandum of agreement (“MOA”), or memorandum of understanding (MOU), is a formal business document used to outline an agreement made between two separate entities, groups or individuals. A memorandum usually precedes a more detailed contract or agreement between the parties. This agreement may be used to cooperatively work together on an agreed upon purpose or meet an agreed objective and outline the discussed terms of a new relationship.1

Units can use an MOA/MOU to establish and outline collaborative agreements, including international exchanges, service partnerships or agreements to provide technical assistance and training. When developing a consortial agreement the department should consult with the University’s Legal Counsel to ensure the document is properly written. Also note:

  • Consortial Agreements involving academic programs, coursework or degrees must be approved and signed by the Provost Office and should start with a letter of intent.


  • Agreements involving international faculty or student exchanges are overseen by the International Center and must be developed and approved following their guidelines (excludes international agreements that offer academic programs or courses for UofL credit).


  • Affiliation agreements involving student placements, practica, etc. outside of Kentucky may be subject to additional rules involving state authorization and the Delphi Center should be consulted.


Consortial Agreements involving academic programs are subject to additional review and scrutiny by outside organizations such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), additionally program-level accrediting agencies may have rules that should be considered when developing agreements. The UofL accreditation liaison should be consulted to determine if a SACSCOC substantive change report is required.

Also, SACSCOC has public disclosure requirements that mandate information about any formal academic partnerships be made available to the public. The current listing of these consortial agreements can be viewed at:

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