I. PURPOSEThe intention of this articulation agreement is to set forth the principles of mutual understanding that are necessary to form, maintain and communicate transfer articulation information between
Rochester Institute of Technology and Dallas County Community College District. The goal of this agreement will always be to meet the educational and informational needs of transfer students, and to facilitate access for all qualified students.A review of Dallas County Community College District's current catalog (2004-2006) has been conducted to determine the transfer status of their academic programs. This agreement establishes procedures to ensure admission of qualified students from the following Dallas County Community College District Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Science, and Associate in Art degree programs;
Mountain View-Southwest Dallas, El Centro-Downtown Dallas,
Richland-North Dallas, and
Dallas TeleCollege-Distance Learning into Rochester Institute of Technology's Applied Arts & Science baccalaureate degree program.II. OBJECTIVES1. To promote an efficient transition of qualified transfer students from Dallas County Community College District to Rochester Institute of Technology.
2. To enable Dallas County Community College District students who meet admission requirements a prescribed sequence of courses to transfer to RIT.
3. To ensure transferability of credit for comparable coursework and credit equivalent learning applicable to the academic program at RIT.
4. To encourage academic coordination and administrative interactions, including curricular and administrative collaboration.
5. To provide for the exchange of information on successes and failures of this transfer program in order to improve this agreement.
III. TERMS of the AGREEMENT
Admissions. Students are expected to consult with an advisor from the Applied Arts & Sciences department and complete the application procedures for transfer students as outlined in RIT's current undergraduate catalog,
www.rit.edu. Transfer students must meet all RIT and CMS entry requirements and be in good standing at DCCCD.2. Transfer Credit. Transfer credit is awarded only for courses completed with a grade of "C-" or better. Completed courses below this level may affect the year standing of the applicant. All transfer credit is evaluated on a course-by-course basis relative to degree requirements.
Students completing an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree may reasonably expect to receive 90 hours of transfer credit at RIT, if all grades meet the above criterion. Students completing coursework in addition to, or beyond the Associate degree level, may be eligible for additional transfer credit at the upper division level. RIT policy limits undergraduate transfer credit to 135 quarter hours.3.
Year Level. Most students with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science or an Associate in Science are able to enter at the junior level and complete the bachelor’s degree in two years of fulltime study. If a student selects a professional concentration that requires foundation coursework or decides to pursue the optional co-op experience, additional quarters for degree completion may be necessary. Specific year level of students will be determined after a course-by-course evaluation of their program at Dallas County Community College District has been completed.
Program and Course Changes. Each institution shall communicate to the other any changes affecting this agreement and mutually manage any resultant change in articulation documents to facilitate its continuation. RIT and DCCCD will meet on at least an annual basis to maintain communication and update changes, modifications, and/or new options.5.
Time Limits. This agreement will be reviewed every two years.
Maintenance. Appointed liaison officials will explore as appropriate the possibility of forming additional articulation programs that are mutually agreeable and in keeping with the basic components of this articulation agreement.7.
Publications, Marketing, and Communication. When specifically referring to this agreement and/or the corresponding institution by name in publications, electronic or print advertising, the initiating institution will secure in advance the prior written approval of the other.8.
Policy. Should the precepts of this agreement come in conflict with established policy at either institution, the established policy will take precedent and the agreement will be reviewed for possible modification as appropriate and mutually agreeable.9.
Agreement Continuation And Dissolution. This agreement shall be reviewed on an annual basis or any time program changes are to be made by either institution. Any program changes will be identified and incorporated into subsequent agreements. The DCCCD Chancellor and the RIT Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology, or their designees must approve amendments to this agreement. Any other modifications to this agreement may be made following written notice from the DCCCD Chancellor and the RIT Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology, or their designees. Once this agreement is signed by the appropriate officials at DCCCD and RIT, each is free to publicize this arrangement in a manner consistent with the agreement. This articulation agreement shall remain in effect until one or both institutions deem it necessary to terminate it.
IV. APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCES: OPTIONS AND GUIDELINES
Students often find themselves in need of a program that is high in quality, offers flexibility, and recognizes prior college-level learning. The College of Applied Science and Technology offers students the opportunity to tailor an individualized program that satisfies these requirements through its Applied Arts and Science degree program.
The bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Science permits students to incorporate two to four different professional and/or technical concentrations selected specifically to meet their unique career and personal goals. The baccalaureate program consists of 94 core quarter hour credits (62 semester hours) in general education plus 86 quarter credit hours (58 semester hours) in 2-4 professional concentration areas. One concentration area is frequently developed from the students associate degree level coursework. Currently concentrations may be done in the following areas:
*concentrations are available online-see attachment A for detailFor example; students may, with their advisor, submit a bachelor’s degree proposal to the CMS faculty committee that includes concentrations in computing, graphic arts and management or one that combines communications and management. These are just examples of some of the possibilities available to students. All degree plans must be approved by the CMS faculty committee and department chair. Individual concentrations in the degree program are subject to faculty approval and concentration/course availability at the time the proposal is reviewed by CMS faculty. Students are encouraged to meet with an RIT advisor during their DCCCD studies to discuss transfer, available concentrations, and possible prerequisite courses.Students may choose courses available in an online learning format to complete upper-level requirements or combine the online courses with on-campus courses at RIT. These online classes are designed to fit into RIT’s academic calendar but allow students the flexibility of anytime, anywhere access. Students interested in completing concentrations through online learning should refer to
RIT’s Part-time/Online Guide. Students must meet (in-person, online, or telephonically) with an advisor to customize their individual learning plan and choose from concentrations available at the time of their application to RIT.When evaluating an associate degree program for transfer into the Applied Arts & Sciences degree, all transfer credit is evaluated on a course-by-course basis as it applies to the degree program and the concentration requirements. The following guidelines are used:1. The general education core consists of:
2. Professional concentrations must contain a least 20 quarter hour credits (14 semester hours) of course material that is interrelated or shares a common focus or theme.3. A maximum of 54 quarter credit hours (36 semester hours) of freshman/sophomore level credits will be transferred into the professional concentration area.4. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) limits the total number of credits in general business and management that may be included in any nonbusiness degree, though the degree may include business concentrations. The Applied Arts & Sciences degree is a nonbusiness degree; it is a multidisciplinary degree. Professional concentrations developed for the bachelor’s degree will need to adhere to AACSB credit limits and that may preclude some additional business concentrations. Students transferring in degrees with business majors are encouraged to speak with an Applied Arts & Sciences advisor.5. All concentrations are subject to availability and students must meet program and concentration entrance requirements and prerequisites.6. Credit may be available for nontraditional coursework through ACE, PONSI, Credit by Examination, or Credit by Experience. Students should discuss these possibilities with their advisor early in the program advising process.
V. AGREEMENT CONTINUATION AND DISSOLUTIONThis agreement shall be reviewed on an annual basis or any time program changes are to be made by either institution. Any program changes will be identified and incorporated into subsequent agreements. The DCCCD Chancellor and the RIT CAST Dean, or their designees must approve amendments to this agreement. Any other modifications to this agreement may be made following written notice from the DCCCD Chancellor and the RIT CAST Dean or their designees. Once this agreement is signed by the appropriate officials at DCCCD and RIT, each is free to publicize this arrangement in a manner consistent with the agreement. This articulation agreement shall remain in effect until one or both institutions deem it necessary to terminate it.By signing, each party recognizes the commitment to exchange only the most current and accurate information. This agreement may be terminated by either party by giving written notice of said party's intention to the Chancellor of the DCCCD or his designee and the RIT CAST Dean, or his designee.