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Articulation Agreement
between
Dallas County Community College District and Kaplan University

The purpose of this articulation agreement (the agreement) is to establish procedures and guidelines for students to transfer to a Kaplan University (KU) degree program following completion of a certificate, diploma, or associate’s degree program at Dallas County Community College District. With respect to courses of study that lead to an associate’s degrees, both Kaplan and Dallas County Community College District will facilitate the transfer of associate degree graduates to baccalaureate completion programs at KU. This advanced start baccalaureate program (also known as a “2+2 option”) is designed to maximize a student's transfer credit award.

Elements of the Agreement

Admission to Kaplan University

  1. Dallas County Community College District students in good standing and eligible graduates will be reviewed as pre-qualified applicants for Kaplan University degree programs. Applicants will be required to complete all Kaplan University admission’s requirements in force at the time of application. Kaplan University admissions requirements are detailed in its most recent catalog.
  2. To be eligible for application to an advanced start bachelor’s program, a student must be an associate degree graduate or must submit a letter from the Dallas County Community College District’s Registrar indicating that the student is in good standing, the expected date of graduation, the associate’s degree expected to be earned, and the program/major. Upon graduation, the student must submit proof of having been awarded an associate degree.
  3. Upon acceptance and signing of the Kaplan University enrollment agreement, transfer students will be subject to all Kaplan University policies, codes of conduct, college procedures and requirements.  These are described in the most recent Kaplan University catalog.

Credit Transferability

  1. Students having completed certificate and diploma programs will be eligible for a course-by-course review for transfer of credits to Kaplan University. Students having completed an associate’s degree program (AA, AAS, AS, AOS or specialized associate degrees) consisting of a minimum of 90 quarter credits (or the equivalent) will be eligible for a block transfer of up to 90-quarter credits and acceptance into Kaplan’s “advanced start” baccalaureate option.
  2. Kaplan University will complete a course-by-course review of all transfer credits submitted on official transcripts from Dallas County Community College District for students that have completed a certificate or diploma program. A Prior Learning Assessment Curriculum Evaluation (PLACE) may be developed to aid in the transfer credit evaluation process. Kaplan University reserves the right to make a final determination on all matters related to transferability and course equivalencies.
  3. Dallas County Community College District students who are unable to fulfill Kaplan University prerequisites at Dallas County Community College District must complete them at Kaplan University. Prerequisites are listed in its current catalog and vary based on the bachelor’s degree program and emphasis chosen.
  4. Dallas County Community College District students must fulfill Kaplan University requirements, which entail completion of no less than 25-percent of their program requirements at Kaplan, including a minimum of 50-percent of the major requirements, including the capstone course, at Kaplan. Credit earned through any combination of Transfer Credit, Challenge Credit or Experiential Credit will not exceed 75 percent of total credits required for graduation. 

Coordination

  • Kaplan University and Dallas County Community College District agree to:
    • Coordinate their efforts to facilitate a collegial and mutually beneficial relationship;
    • Provide accurate and timely information about the relationship to prospective students, who are either current Dallas County Community College District students, alumni, or Dallas County Community College District employees, and;
    • Designate academic alliance coordinators as primary contact persons for the respective institutions to facilitate coordination of this agreement.
  • Kaplan University agrees to:
    • Provide Dallas County Community College District relevant transfer information and current Kaplan University brochures and/or catalogs;
    • Communicate with Dallas County Community College District students, alumni and employees via e-mail, postal mail, telephone, and other means to offer them the opportunity of enrolling in a bachelor’s completion program at Kaplan University
    • Participate in Dallas County Community College District education fairs when offered by College and if available;
    • Encourage Dallas County Community College District students who are attending classes at Dallas County Community College District to enroll at Kaplan University after completing their current program;
    • Provide Dallas County Community College District with a toll-free telephone number (866-583-4417) so that Dallas County Community College District alumni and employees can discuss their educational goals with a Kaplan advisor, and;
    • Provide a welcome page for Dallas County Community College District’s alumni and employees at http://www.kaplan.edu Web site.
  • Dallas County Community College District agrees to:
    • Assist Kaplan University by communicating the benefits of this relationship to Dallas County Community College District students, alumni, and employees;
    • Up to four times per year, allow Kaplan University representatives to conduct on-campus presentations and marketing regarding Kaplan University programs for Dallas County Community College District students, alumni, and employees;
    • Waive transcript fees for official student transcripts sent to Kaplan University subject to institutional polices and practices;
    • Allow alumni to use the Dallas County Community College District computer lab and library facilities to complete Kaplan University course work, subject to institutional policies and practices;
    • Make a summary available to students, alumni, staff, and faculty about the agreement to which Kaplan University and Dallas County Community College District mutually agree, and;
    • Cooperate with KU to establish electronic data transfer of curriculum and of student records, when applicable, and with student permission in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

      Both Kaplan University and Dallas County Community College District agree to allow current students to concurrently take courses at both institutions, as well as have access to advising and other services at both institutions. However, federal regulations require that students receive financial aid from only a single college from which courses are taken in a given quarter or semester.  Should a student attend both institutions in a single semester, financial aid may be granted from only one institution in compliance with federal law. 

      Kaplan University and Dallas County Community College District will share data on student achievement as necessary to assess program effectiveness in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines.

    1. Terms
       
      1. Because of this agreement to articulate, Kaplan University will extend professional courtesy discounts to Dallas County Community College District alumni and employees concomitant with the date of the fully executed document.
        1. Dallas County Community College District alumni and employees will receive a ten percent discount on their Kaplan tuition. Dallas County Community College District alumni and employees must inform KU admissions directors about their affiliation to receive their discount;
        2. Kaplan University will extend to Dallas County Community College District alumni and employees all of its online certificates, undergraduate, and graduate programs, as and when offered.
      2. This Agreement is effective for the Kaplan University academic term beginning with the date of the fully executed document, and shall continue until terminated. Both parties must approve amendments to the Agreement in writing.
      3. Either party may terminate the Agreement upon 90 days written notice to the other party. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may terminate the agreement immediately in the event that participation under the agreement may give rise to a violation of any requirement of federal or state law or regulation or the requirements of any accrediting agency having jurisdiction.
      4. The agreement may be executed by either electronic or facsimile transmission in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original.

        DATE: June 2010
      __________________________________
      Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr.
      Chancellor 
      Dallas County Community College District

      __________________________________
      David L. Clinefelter, PhD
      Vice President for Academic affairs & Provost
      Kaplan University

      __________________________________
      Tiffany Alexandria Spencer
      Director, Academic Partnerships
      Kaplan University

      __________________________________
      Timothy Reynolds
      Regional Manager, Academic Partnerships
      Kaplan University