Models of Collaborations at OCU
OCU is involved in a range of collaborative relationships with other institutions. The following range of models defines the ways in which we can collaborate with other institutions:
Franchise: OCU may license whole programmes or stages of programmes, designed by OCU and often delivered online through the OCU's e-campus, to be delivered by a partner institution at their premises. Core modules will be as set out in the OCU programme specification for the programme, save that differences in curriculum content in core modules may be permitted to reflect cultural and regional differences as long as learning outcomes remain consistent. The partner institution may be permitted to develop a different set of optional modules, as long as they enable the programme learning outcomes to be met. Additional optional modules would need to be approved through the OCU approval procedures. OCU retains ultimate responsibility for updating programme content and programme content will be reviewed as part of the subject area’s Academic Review;
Validation: OCU may accredit a programme developed by another institution as equivalent to an OCU award, or leading to the award of a specific number of credits. The partner institution has responsibility for updating programme content and programme content will be reviewed as part of the partner institution’s Collaborative Review;
Double award: A programme of study leading to the award of both an OCU qualification and that of a partner institution. Each institution shall be responsible for the issuing of the award certificate of that institution;
Articulation: an arrangement whereby programmes and modules delivered by a partner institution are formally recognised for the purposes of advanced standing towards a OCU award.