In a research paper published by Ithaka S & R in June 2020 titled Transfer Pathways to Independent Colleges, articulation agreements between two- and four-year institutions are credited as “the first line of defense against credit loss and excess credit,” and NCICU is cited as an example of how to do this effectively.
We can look to North Carolina’s private nonprofit colleges for an example of how to do this effectively. In 1996, and most recently revised in 2015, the North Carolina Community College System entered into a comprehensive articulation agreement with North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), which now includes 30 signatories. The ultimate goal of this agreement is “the seamless articulation from the community college to the NCICU institution with minimal loss of credit or repetition of work.” This direct collaboration, which is consistent with articulation agreements between the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina system, allows two-year students the same transfer guarantees as at state four-year institutions. The agreement ensures junior-level status for associate degree earners, and the associate degree itself transfers as a unit that meets all general education requirements.
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