Fort Hays State University > About FHSU > Academic Divisions > Office of Strategic Partnerships > Partnerships
In order to achieve FHSU’s President’s vision to have an equal or greater number of students off campus through the Virtual College as it does on campus, in Fall 2004, FHSU expanded its role and scope by establishing the Office of Strategic Partnerships, reporting to the Provost’s Office. Its purpose is to identify, negotiate, establish, contract, and assist in maintaining educational and business relationships or partnerships which will generate student credit hours and non-credit opportunities for FHSU’s academic and student affairs units. These opportunities extend the reach of FHSU for undergraduate and graduate education.
FHSU has been involved with various types of partnerships in its mission area in Western Kansas for many years. The Internet has greatly expanded its ability to share learning experiences more conveniently almost anywhere in the world. The Office of Strategic Partnerships develops a wide array of win-win relationships linked to the capabilities of online and face-to-face learning that support FHSU’s mission, vision, brand, and values. These relationships have been developed for Kansas citizens, other educational institutions, the military, corporations, federal and state government, non-profit organizations, and international higher education institutions.
In 1900, there were 238,000 students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. Today, the number has swelled to an estimated 17 million. And just as the number of students who are pursuing higher education has grown, so has the role colleges and universities play in the community. Today, universities are also economic engines, major employers, investors, real estate developers, technology centers, and reservoirs of creative and energetic people. FHSU wants its faculty and students to collaborate and work together in the communities in which it serves.
Effective partnerships require good communications, mutual respect and the development of joint visions, goals and objectives. Often partnerships involve the development and signing of Memoranda of Understanding or contractual arrangements that require the definition of items such as budgetary arrangements, deliverables, intellectual property and publication rights, and facilities use. All of these require careful negotiation with an understanding that partnerships occur among institutions, not individuals. For further information about partnering with Fort Hays State University, contact Cindy Elliott, Assistant Provost for Strategic Partnerships, or Mary Meier, Administrative Assistant, in the Office of Strategic Partnerships about these important new pathways for global learning. 785-628-5834, or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.