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What are Articulations for College Credit?

What is a Career Pathway?
Career Pathways provide students and their parents with a method of preparation for further education beyond high school and for a meaningful career. Pathways incorporate the combined value of academic and technical course work. Within each Pathway, students can design their career plan. Career plans include course work that prepares students to: 1) enter directly into the work force; 2) continue education focused on technical school or college; 3) pursue advanced study at a college or university.

What is Articulation?
Articulation is a systematic, seamless, student transition for course credit from secondary to postsecondary education that maximizes use of resources and minimizes duplication.

What is an Articulation Agreement?
A written commitment (A) that is agreed upon at the state level or approved annually by the lead administrators of (1) a secondary school and a college; or (2) a postsecondary associate degree granting institution and a baccalaureate degree granting institution; and (B) a program (1) designed to provide students with a non-duplicative sequence of progressive achievement leading to a technical skill proficiency, a credential, a certificate or a degree; and (2) linked through credit transfer agreements between the institutions.

What is the Goal of Articulation?
It is to assist students in making a seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary education without the duplication of course study within a specific career pathway of study. If desired, the two-year program could then transfer to a four-year baccalaureate degree. This could either lead to a time-shortened program which would save on student tuition expenses or a skill-enhanced program where the student leaves with greater skill to offer the employer.

Modified from:
"Creating An Articulation Agreement". Kansas Board of Regents.