Instructional Service Agreements Summary
Please note that 23NCAC 2E.0604 was revised, replacing the former collaborative and service area agreement process (effective August 1, 2004).
The intent of the revisions to the administrative code was to simplify the collaborative and service area process by establishing three different levels of "Instructional Service Agreements" with clear definitions and requirements for each level.
The following is a summary of the three levels:
Level-One Instructional Service Agreement (Permission Slip)
Level-One agreements should be utilized when a college is requesting permission to deliver curriculum course(s), a curriculum program or continuing education courses into another college's service area. These agreements do not involve the sharing of resources or FTE. This level of agreement does not have to be approved or kept on file by the System Office, however, it must be kept on file at participating colleges for audit purposes.
Level-Two Instructional Service Agreement (Joint Offering of a Course)
Level-Two agreements should be utilized when two or more colleges are jointly offering curriculum or continuing education courses. Level-Two involves the sharing of resources in order to offer a course and may include the sharing of FTE. Sharing of NC Information Highway courses should be included in this level of Instructional Service Agreement. These agreements must be filed with the System Office prior to implementation of the course(s). They do not require System Office approval.
Level-Three Instructional Service Agreement (Joint Offering of a Program)
Level-Three agreements should be utilized when two or more colleges are jointly offering a curriculum program. Level-Three involves the sharing of resources and may include the sharing of FTE. This agreement must be approved by the System Office prior to implementation of the program.
Reference: 23NCAC 02C.0107, 23NCAC 02D.0323(e), 23NCAC 02E.0604, and CC04-219
For more information and sample forms, go to to the North Carolina Community College System (revised 06/23/10.)
Updated March 2011