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Transfer Glossary

Articulation Agreement

Designed to show equivalency between two specific academic programs. Outlines both transferred courses as well as remaining academic requirements. These types of agreements are typically designed around the completion of an A.A. or A.S. degree (with few exceptions for A.A.S. degrees) and articulate the need to complete a two-year degree as part of the transfer process. This is typically a legally binding document between two institutions and is honored as a contract. Expiration, next date of review, or language pertaining to changes in program should be included.

General Transfer Agreement (Umbrella Articulation)

Document that outlines necessary requirements for transfer from one institution to another. Does not address specific programs or majors. Typically contains information regarding GPA, general course transferability criteria, transfer of credit, and privileges due to the student upon completion of an A.A. or an A.S. degree.

Course Equivalencies

A list outlining the course at one institution and how it specifically transfers to another institution typically indicating what specific requirement the course will meet, whether it is toward general education, elective, major, concentration or liberal education.

2 2 Agreements

An articulation agreement that also indicates the specific course requirements completed at both ends with zero loss of credit. This is typically a legally binding document between two institutions and is honored as a contract. Expiration, next date of review, or language pertaining to changes in program should be included.

3 1 Agreements

An articulation agreement which allows a student to complete a third year of full-time study with the institution that awards the associate’s degree. This agreement outlines which courses the student may complete in their third year as well as which courses will need to be completed in their final year upon transfer.

Joint Admissions

Connects two institutions at the student level during the admissions process. Students are admitted to both institutions upon completion of the application to the two-year school. Must, however, maintain specifically outlined requirements for the dual admission to be honored. Typically these requirements include credit load, GPA, degree completion and course selection.

Advisement Document (Audit Sheet)

A document designed to be utilized by the two-year institution’s advisors for purposes of advisement for transfer to a specific institution. Typically outlines both general education course transferability as well as specific courses for transfer within a major. In cases where the transfer is occurring between two schools not within the state system, this document type is also used to illustrate the nuances that may exist within a private school's liberal or general education requirements. This is an unofficial, non-binding document designed for guidance purposes only.

Course Equivalency Tables

Chart which outlines how one course transfers to another institution. This is sometimes included with articulation agreements, 2 2 agreements and general agreements, but can also be a standalone document for advisement purposes.