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PARTNERING
By Marian Kisch

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Partnerships
GO SLOW. Get to know your partner first before diving headlong into a relationship that may be

fraught with unforeseen challenges. Make sure your goals and expectations are clear.
This may sound like dating advice, but it works just as
well for institutional relationships.
Veteran international education administrators passed
on this wisdom for colleagues who are contemplating international partnerships and they stressed the need for
careful planning and precautions to ensure a positive
working relationship.
LESSON # 1

Follow Your Own Advice
A dual degree was supposed to be the payoff for students
enrolled in a private Jamaican institution that formed a
partnership with the University of North Florida (UNF).
Its students were to enroll in UNF after having secured
the equivalent of an associate's degree in the arts. But
because most turned out to possess an associate of science degree, which required additional coursework, not
all credit could be transferred to UNF. So, instead of taking two additional years to receive a bachelor of business
administration from UNF, the Jamaican students had to
spend an average of three more years. They were understandably upset, according to Jeff Michelman, associate
dean for undergraduate studies.
UNF delivered the courses on site, flying an instructor
to Jamaica each weekend to teach eight hours on Sundays,
for a total of five sessions for each course.
"We didn't take our own advice, to go slow and spend
some time dating," Michelman says. "We did not make
sure the courses would be accepted. We are a public institution and can't change accreditation requirements."
When UNF saw red flags during the first year, the
university told their Jamaican partner that it would finish this cohort, but not sign up again. Approximately 50
Jamaican students started out in 2000, with 30 continuing; of those, 25 graduated.
"We had the best of intentions," Michelman says. "They
were in our part of the world and we thought we'd give
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nationalize our faculty. But some key personnel on both
ends didn't follow through on necessary aspects."
In another instance, a three-way partnership between
UNF and universities in Latin America and Western Europe were enthusiastically embraced at first. Students
would spend a semester in each university and come out
with multiple degrees: MBA from UNF, MA from the
western European institution, and a certificate of participation from the Latin American university. This would
take a total of 15 months. The first semester was online,
each institution teaching one course.
UNF sent 15 students over two years, but the other
institutions enrolled very few. "They didn't have the institutional infrastructure or commitment to recruit their
students," Michelman says.
"Our students' expectations were dashed," Kate Mattingly Learch, associate director of international business
at UNF, says, "because they were told they would be in
classes with international students." It turned out there
was only one student from the host country in each class,
and therefore little intercultural interaction.
In still another example, speed was the enemy. In its
first attempt at a double degree, a Western European public university wanted to set up things quickly and became
frustrated when UNF asked to slow down the process.
UNF took a financial hit but terminated the relationship
rather than continue.
L E SS ON # 2

Make Sure Partnerships Are Balanced
In any university partnership agreement there needs to
be a balance of exchanges, but sometimes it gets skewed
to one side. Hogeschool Utrecht (HU) University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, Netherlands, sends hundreds
of students overseas for student exchanges but sometimes
does not receive an equal number in return.
In 2008 HU began an exchange with the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland, but HU sent more students



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International Educator - May/June 2014
Contents
Front Lines
In Brief
New Windows on the World
Green River Community College Attracts International Students at an Early Age
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Internationalization Leadership
Partnering
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Partnering
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