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Articulation Agreements

Over the last several years, area career centers and community colleges established articulation agreements to assist students in continuing their education.  Articulation agreements provide a systematic, seamless student transition process from secondary to postsecondary (community colleges) education that maximizes the use of resources and minimizes content duplication.

Traditionally, the emphasis with articulation agreements has been to provide students with as many hours of college credit as possible, not accounting for what students know and are able to do.  The articulation agreements for the same program have varied from one postsecondary institution to another.  For instance, the number of hours of credit given, the criteria for awarding the credit, and when students receive the credit for a particular program may be 15 hours at one community college and 30 hours at another.  Therefore, it was suggested by both secondary and postsecondary career-technical education administrators to establish criteria for statewide articulation agreements that demonstrate what students know and are able to do.

Advisory committees were established with secondary and postsecondary instructors, community college admissions representatives, community college presidents, and the Department of Higher Education to determine the criteria for statewide articulation.  It was determined to start with the career-technical education programs that have a national certification/credential which includes program competencies and end-of-course/program assessments. 

The State Board of Education has approved the following articulation agreements:

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