Part 3 - Comprehensive Standards

3.4.7  The institution ensures the quality of educational programs and courses offered through consortial relationships or contractual agreements, ensures ongoing compliance with the Principles, and periodically evaluates the consortial relationship and/or agreement against the mission of the institution.  (Consortial relationships/ contractual agreements)

Partial Compliance
Not Applicable


The University of New Orleans offers only one academic program through consortial agreements or contractual agreements. The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership is an online consortium program offered via a memorandum of understanding supported by the University of Louisiana System. All nine members of the UL System, including the University of New Orleans participate in the delivery of the program. The agreement was signed in October 2012 and delivery of the program began in 2013.

The primary market for the Organizational Leadership degree is adult students who “stopped out” of college. The upper division coursework of the degree includes 30 credit hours of courses offered jointly by faculty at the nine UL System universities and 30 hours of concentration and elective courses offered by each member institution. The same online platform (Moodle) is used for the delivery of the program.

The degree is awarded by the home institution for the enrolled student. The Consortial Agreement includes stipulations for admissions, academic policies, finances, faculty, program coordination, delivery of core courses, common collaborative core courses, concentration and elective courses, and awarding of degrees. Roles and responsibilities for all parties are specified in the agreement.  The Consortial Agreement is aligned with the SACSCOC Policy Statement: “Agreements Involving Joint and Dual Academic Awards: Policy and Procedures.

All nine members of the consortium hold SACSCOC accreditation as stated in the Memorandum of Understanding [Page: 3] :

All courses applicable to the Organizational Leadership program must be taught by SACSCOC-credentialed faculty. As the common core courses are offered collaboratively, credentials of faculty teaching common core courses must be on file with each Consortium Institution.

Each member university has appointed a faculty member as Coordinator for the B.A. in Organizational Leadership program. The UNO Program Coordinator is Dr. Elaine Brooks who also coordinates the Interdisciplinary Studies program. Evaluation of the program is governed by University of New Orleans Administrative Policy AP-AA-09-2 Evaluation of Educational Programs and Courses offered through Consortial and Contractual Agreements. The policy requires a formal review of all articulation and cross enrollment agreements every five years by a committee established by the President and Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs. The agreement was finalized in December 2012. Courses began in 2013 and to date, no University of New Orleans student has completed the program. A formal evaluation of the program will be scheduled in accordance with AP-AA-09-2 prior to December 2017.

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconBA_Organ_Lead_WebDescription of B.A. in Organizational Leadership program of study
Document IconSACSCOC_Pol_Agree_Joint_DualSACSCOC Policy Statement “Agreements Involving Joint and Dual Academic Awards”
Document IconULS_MOU_BA_Organ_LeadUniversity of Louisiana System Memorandum of Agreement for B.A. in Organizational Leadership
Document IconULS_MOU_BA_Organ_Lead_vVerification in agreement of faculty qualifications
Document IconUNO_AP_AA_09_2University of New Orleans Administrative Policy AP_AA-09-2 Evaluation of Educational Programs and Courses Offered Through Consortial and Contractual Agreements