Articulation agreements are formal, written documents agreed upon by two or more institutions and are designed to build strong partnerships between community colleges and four-year institutions for specific degree programs. The partnership becomes a binding agreement between a two-year and four-year institution and specify the common terms, conditions and expectations for students transferring into the degree program. The agreement outlines specific courses and/or degree programs that when completed successfully at the sending institution will be accepted in transfer and apply to the graduation requirements for a specified degree program at the receiving institution.
For example, the agreement will articulate, along with some other stipulations, the exact classes a student should complete at the community college and letter grades completed at the community college that will transfer to the university. This specific outline of transferable coursework within the agreement enables students to transfer from the community college to the university comfortably. The agreements, while maintaining the integrity of the separate institutions may include program requirements, transfer policies and procedures, admission requirements, length of the agreement and termination provisions.
Affiliation (or Contract) Agreements
An affiliation agreement is between a university and another entity for purposes of providing an educational opportunity for students generally in a supervisory situation such as a clinical experience, an internship program, or a student teaching assignment. Such contracts can be with federal agencies (i.e. prisons or Veterans Administration Hospitals), other state entities, school districts or private companies/businesses. The purpose of such agreements is to memorialize each party’s rights and responsibilities in regards to this educational opportunity.
A consortium agreement is a written contract between two or more eligible institutions enabling students to take coursework at different institutions simultaneously for the purpose of completing a degree. Under such an agreement, students may take courses at a host institution and have those courses count toward the degree or certificate at the home institution. The student’s home institution is the institution that will grant the student’s degree or certificate and it is also the institution that will process, award, and disburse the financial aid. In many cases a consortium agreement is for one semester between a student and two institutions.
Dual Degree Programs
A dual degree program is based on a formal agreement within one college/university or between separate colleges/universities. Students spend 2-3 year in each degree program. After completing all requirements for both programs (usually in four to five year) the student is awarded two degrees in one of the following combinations:
(1) Associate's and Bachelor's programs - an associate degree from a community college and a bachelor's degree from a partner university; AS/BS, AA/BA
(3) Dual Bachelor's/Master's/Professional Degree programs - a Bachelor's degree and a Master's or Professional degree; BS/MBA, BS/DDS, BA/JD
(4) Dual Graduate Degree programs - a combination of two graduate level degree programs; JD/MBA, JD/MD, MA/PhD, ME/DE Dual degrees can be from the same school, or from two different colleges/universities that entered a dual degree agreement; and in the same major, or in different majors.
International Collaboration Agreements
Agreements signed between a US institution of higher education and partner institution in a foreign country that serve faculty and students seeking teaching and study opportunities abroad or research collaborations with colleagues at foreign institutions. These vary in scope and detail based on a variety of factors that make them mutually beneficial to both institutions. These typically are described in a Memorandum of Understanding.