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Articulation Guidelines

Articulation is the process that facilitates the movement of a student from one educational institution to another. In support of the college's strategic plan, Dallas County Community College District will capitalize on partnership and articulation opportunities whenever this will enhance students’ success and increase access to advanced educational opportunities. 

Articulation Principles 

Dallas County Community College District intends to enter into agreements that:

  • Are based on mutually agreed upon goals and standards
  • Offer a high degree of student success/goal attainment
  • Are learner centered
  • Are mutually beneficial to all parties
  • Are adequately supported by the College’s financial and human resources
  • Align with the college’s strategic plan

There are two types of articulation agreements, general and program specific. One or both of these agreements are acceptable as Articulation Agreements with an organization. The presence of transfer guides does not constitute an articulation agreement with an organization. 

General Articulation Agreement 

This agreement outlines the terms and conditions in broad terms and requirements for students to articulate to a four year institution. 

Program Articulation Agreement 

This agreement may stand alone or may serve as an addendum to a general articulation agreement. Program agreements identify specific courses, certificates or degrees to be transferred. A list of the courses may serve as this agreement but it is recommended that a statement of understanding be developed. 

Articulation Agreement Content 

To ensure quality and consistency of agreements, the following areas should be addressed in all articulation agreements into which Dallas County Community College District enters.

Purpose of agreement

This includes a brief statement indicating the reason for forming this agreement. Example: “Dallas County Community College District and … are forming a partnership through this articulation agreement to better serve students and prepare them to enter a world class workforce. Both institutions recognize that working together, their collective efforts are much stronger than their individual efforts”. 

Description of degrees/programs that are covered in this agreement

Include any parameters and/or exclusions of the agreement. A general agreement may address general admission to the institution with required GPA’s or other general requirements. A complete list of programs covered in the agreement should be attached with available course lists. Transfer guides that support the agreement will be developed and published on the DCCCD Transfer Web site.

Provision for periodic reviews of agreement and curriculum modifications

This section should contain language specifying the frequency and timelines for agreement review, assessment of curriculum changes and any other conditions that may affect the agreement. Example: “Representatives of both institutions agree to review on a regular basis (annually) to assess curricular changes and other conditions that may affect the nature of this agreement; or as curricular changes are made, they will be communicated in a timely manner to both parties.” 

Define responsibilities and commitment including marketing of defined programs

This statement should include role of college representatives and availability of appropriate publications and promotional materials to Dallas County Community College District District students. 

Cancellation provision and expiration dates of the agreement

This statement includes the requirement of advanced written notification, typically 2 years, of cancellation of the agreement and reasonable accommodations for students already in the process of this agreement. 

Appropriate Signatures 

The agreements should reflect the signatures of the primary constituents as listed below. Validity of the agreement is in question if identified signatures are not present. Those signatures include:

  • General Agreements – DCCCD Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
  • Program Agreements- Chancellor (optional), Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Dean, Department Chair (if appropriate)  

Contact Person 

In order to maintain the agreement, each institution should identify an individual to serve as a contact person responsible for all aspects of the articulation agreement. (This does not need to be included in the agreement but should be included in a cover letter or other type of written communication between institutions.)