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September 1, 2004 - Addendum to Articulation Agreement 

Western Governors University (hereinafter referred to as "WGU") and The Dallas County Community College District (hereinafter referred to as "DCCCD") hereby agree to the following policies and conditions governing the transfer of associate's degrees earned at DCCCD into baccalaureate competency-based degree programs at WGU. The principles, policies, and guidelines in this transfer agreement shall apply uniformly to all students attempting to transfer associate's degrees earned at DCCCD into WGU.

On June 6, 2001, the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council awarded WGU national accreditation. Additionally, the Interregional Accrediting Committee established by western governors to oversee the WGU's regional accreditation awarded the University is currently a Candidate for Accreditation status in November, 2000. Since WGU is incorporated in the state of Utah, the Northwest Commission on Colleges serves as the gatekeeping agency with respect to the University's regional accreditation. For more information regarding WGU's accreditation status please visit their web site at http://www.wgu.edu/about_WGU/accreditation.asp

For the purpose of this agreement, an associate's degree refers to Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate of Arts in Teaching. 

Section I.  Admissions Criteria & Procedures

The admission standards of WGU 

Students seeking admission to WGU must have an associate's degree from DCCCD as demonstrated by an official transcript from the System Institution at which it was earned. If the student intends to change degree focus upon admission to WGU, he or she may be required to complete some lower division preparation work prior to beginning the program at WGU.

Treatment of associate's degrees as admission criteria 

Students who have completed an associate's degree by a DCCCD College shall be guaranteed admission into the baccalaureate programs offered by WGU. Admitted students will be considered to have satisfied the lower division competencies associated with the student's baccalaureate degree program provided they do not need any lower division preparation work based on a change in degree focus.
 
Application procedures and deadlines

WGU has established application procedures and deadlines. Students should contact the WGU Enrollment Manager for details or consult the WGU Web site at http://www.wgu.edu/.

Section II.   Transfer of Credit-Based Associate's Degree

Policies for accepting credits to competencies in transfer
 
Students who have earned a credit-based associate's degree will be recognized as having satisfied the lower division degree competencies associated with WGU baccalaureate degree programs and will be recorded as upper division students at the University.

Upper division competency requirements
 
In order to meet graduation requirements for the bachelor's degree, students must complete all upper division domain assessments associated with the students bachelor's degree program.

Application procedures and deadlines  

WGU has established application procedures and deadlines. Students should contact the WGU Enrollment Manager for details or consult the WGU Web site at http://www.wgu.edu/.

Section III.   Transfer of Credit-Based Associate's Degree

Policies for accepting credits to competencies in transfer

Students who have earned a credit-based associate's degree will be recognized as having satisfied the lower division degree competencies associated with WGU baccalaureate degree programs and will be recorded as upper division students at the University.

Upper division competency requirements

In order to meet graduation requirements for the bachelor's degree, students must complete all upper division domain assessments associated with the student's bachelor's degree program.

Maximum age of credit-based degree

WGU will accept credit-based associate's degrees earned within ten years of transfer. If a student earned an associate's degree not more than ten years prior to transferring into an upper division degree program, the degree shall apply to the completion of the student's graduation requirements, provided the content of the associate's degree is related to the bachelors degree focus. Degrees earned more than ten years earlier will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Accreditation requirements for transfer of degree programs

This transfer agreement is guaranteed only under the condition that the transferring institution maintains current accreditation by an appropriate accrediting association.

Section IV.   Degree/Program Requirements

Institutional graduation requirements

In order to graduate from WGU, all students must pass the upper division domain assessments associated with the student's degree program.

Catalog that governs the transfer student's experience and expiration dates

Students transferring into baccalaureate programs may follow the graduation requirements in effect at WGU specified in the student handbook during the academic year the student is officially matriculated into the DCCCD, provided that:
a.  the student maintains continuous registration at the DCCCD; and
b. the student matriculated at WGU within one (1) year from the last registration date at the DCCCD

If the student does not meet all the conditions listed above, the student shall follow the current policies of WGU in effect on the date of admission at WGU.

Section V.    Appeals Process

Identification of transfer appeals procedures

The student has opportunities to resolve transfer problems. At WGU, the student may submit a written appeal to the Provost.

Note: Remedial/developmental or technical/vocational courses will not be included for transfer in this General Articulation Agreement from DCCCD colleges unless specified by individual colleges in a Program-to-Program Articulation Agreement.

Office to contact

If a student disagrees with the transcript evaluation of associate's degrees, the student should file an appeal with the Provost.

This agreement shall remain in force until such time as the curriculum of a degree program changes, or until other admissions practices change, or until WGU or the DCCCD request a reconsideration of one or more points.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto, being duly authorized, have executed this Agreement with the intent that it is effective as of the date signed by each party.


DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

By: _____________________________________________
Name: J. William Wenrich
Title: Chancellor
Date: _____________________________________________

WESTERN GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY

By: ______________________________________________
Name: Robert W. Mendenhall
Title: President
Date: _____________________________________________

By: ______________________________________________
Name: Douglas B. Johnstone
Title: Provost and Academic Vice President
Date: _____________________________________________
 

Updated 3/29/12