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I.  Title of Policy

2.4500 Educational Contracts

II.  Objective of Policy

To authorize the President to enter into certain types of contracts that enhance the educational experience, student development, lifelong learning, and community development in support of the College’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Priorities.

III.  Authority

New Jersey Statues – County Colleges, 18A:64A – 12 (j)

General Powers of Boards; and Bylaws of the Board of Trustees, Section 1.2050.

Bylaws of the Board of Trustees, Powers of the Chief Executive Officer (President), Section 1.3054(h)(l)

IV.  Policy Statement

A. The President may, on behalf of the Board of Trustees and without prior Board approval, negotiate, execute and enter into educational contracts within the following categories:


  1. Articulation agreement – Also called transfer agreements, articulation agreements delineate pathways of coursework to a degree among programs and institutions and are meant to simplify transition and assure that successful completion of delineated coursework leads to degree completion. Articulation promotes ease of transfer with little or no loss of earned credits.
  2. Dual Enrollment agreement – Agreements between the College and High Schools that allows high school students to enroll in Brookdale courses and simultaneously earn credits toward their high school diploma and college coursework which reduces both time and costs of a college degree.
  3. Experiential Learning agreement – Agreements between the College and an external organization that enables course learning outcomes to be completed through work experience. Experiential learning opportunities may include internships, service learning, externships, and other cooperative learning experiences. All clinical facilities contracts shall follow Policy 2.4000 Clinical Facilities Contracts.

-Internship – A form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent…

-Service Learning – A form of experiential learning that gives students the opportunity to use knowledge gained in the classroom in a community service project. Service-Learning joins student’s academic study and community service so that they can learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences.

-Externship – An experiential learning opportunity which provides students with an opportunity to apply classroom concepts while observing an actual work environment. Externships can involve shadowing a professional in a student’s field of interest or allow a student to further research an academic topic in an experiential manner which cannot be accomplished in the academic setting.

  1. Study Abroad agreement – An agreement to offer learning opportunities for students who wish to complete college coursework outside of the United States.
  2. Non-Credit agreement – An agreement between the College and an external organization or person to provide educational training for our non-credit courses, certificates, or programs.


All contracts in this Section A will be reviewed by the Legal Affairs Officer prior to authorization by the President.

B. The following types of educational contracts will not be considered to fall under Section A above and shall require review by the Legal Affairs Officer and Board of Trustees approval, prior to contract execution:

  1. University or College Partnership – An agreement with a university or college that must include articulated academic transfer pathways, a requirement that students graduate from Brookdale prior to transfer, and the ability for students to complete bachelor’s degrees through the university/college partner, and may also include a lease to utilize space at one or more Brookdale location for the delivery of the bachelor’s degree completion programs, conditional acceptance into the transferring university or college, co-advising, opportunities for students to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular programs through the partner institution, access to housing at the partner institution, and co-branded marketing.
  2. Early College High School Agreement – An agreement with a High School that enables high school students to complete a full associates degree while concurrently completing high school graduation requirements.
  3. Middle College Agreement – An agreement with a High School that enables high school students to complete 30 general education college courses while concurrently completing high school graduation requirements.
  4. Shared Services Agreement – An agreement with a third-party organization that enables both organizations to share services in order to reduce costs and/or increase efficiencies.
  5. Structured academic programs with any individual, firm corporation, government entity or non-profit organization – An agreement to deliver specific defined portions of an academic program in collaboration with any individual, firm, corporation, government entity, or non-profit organization.

V.  Responsibility for Implementation



Approved: Board of Trustees, 11/28/2023