The following procedures have been adopted for the consideration of new overseas institutional partnerships and the formalization of relations with the partner institution:
Step 1: Designate a WMU Advocate
Proposed partnerships must have at least one advocate who is a WMU full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member or administrator at the level of dean or director or higher. The advocate must have a working knowledge of the candidate partner institution and must agree to serve as the point of contact for questions regarding the proposed partnership.
Step 2: Consult with Haenicke Institute for Global Education
Faculty members or administrators interested in exploring the possibility of an overseas institutional relationship are encouraged to consult with the Haenicke Institute to discuss their ideas and learn about similar past or present partnerships.
Step 3: Draft a Proposal
Draft a proposal that will be submitted to the WMU International Partnership Committee. The proposal should include the following:
- The units on campus that would benefit from the establishment of a formal partnership. The advocate must demonstrate that significant academic merit and institutional compatibility exist to establish a formal long-term relationship.
- A clear endorsement of the proposal by affected units at the level of Dean or Director.
- A list of expected outcomes from the partnership and timeline for activity involving students or faculty or both.
- Evidence that the partnership will strengthen research, teaching, or other scholastic activity and will substantially enhance existing student and/or faculty opportunities at WMU. Proposed partnerships should provide significant new opportunities to WMU faculty and students, particularly if WMU already has agreements in place with other universities from the same country or the same region.
- A discussion of the financial ramifications of establishing a formal agreement (proposed arrangements for exchange student tuition and fees, discussion of grant proposals to be submitted as part of the collaboration, etc.). Usually more detailed proposals create more sustainable partnerships. Advocate(s) are strongly encouraged to present their proposals to the International Partnership Committee in person.
Step 4: Haenicke Institute Review
The Haenicke Institute reviews the proposal and schedules its discussion on the agenda of the WMU International Partnership Committee.
Step 5: International Partnership Committee Review
The WMU International Partnership Committee reviews and recommends successful proposals for approval.
Step 6: Develop Agreement
After a proposal has been approved, the advocate works with the partner and the Haenicke Institute's assistant manager of international partnerships, to develop and negotiate the agreement terms. The Haenicke Institute routes the agreement for final approvals through University's General Counsel and any other applicable offices.
Step 7: Sign the Agreement
The President or the Designee signs the agreement.