Articulation Agreements

Definition of an Articulation Agreement

An articulation agreement is a formal document produced when two or more academic institutions follow a process leading to a partnership to provide a formalized pathway for student transfer.

Purpose of Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are designed to build strong partnerships and coordination between schools to aid in a smooth transition for students. By identifying comparable coursework, degree requirements can be met at one institution and transferred to another institution.

Benefits of Articulation agreements

Articulation agreements ensure that students understand exactly which courses will and will not transfer. With such an agreement, students are more likely to make better course choices and can save students both time to degree and money. Four-year universities are noticing that transfer students have a high graduation rate, and well-crafted articulation agreements often contribute to a student’s success at the university.

  • Articulation agreements generally are formed through partnerships between two-year community and technical colleges and four-year universities. During articulation, representatives from each institution conduct meetings among faculty and staff before finalizing an agreement. The representatives consider similarities in course work, curricula, syllabi, textbooks and competency/outcomes profiles to ensure seamless transfer of credits to the partner institution.
  • As the legal document of a partnership, the articulation agreement contains the final accords as agreed upon between the two institutions. This may include a description of the relationship between degree programs at the partner institutions illustrating their cohesiveness, operation guidelines and expectations, and, in the event the partnership is no longer viable, a foundation for dissolving or amending the terms of the agreement.
  • The articulation agreement also details any benefits accorded from one institution to the other. For example, a university might offer community college students, faculty and staff a discount per credit hour, excluding fees, in addition to marketing assistance between the institutions, sponsorships and joint extracurricular and academic programs.

Rochester Community and Technical College has articulation agreements with over 35 institutions including:

Alexandria Technical and Community College Normandale Community College
Anoka-Ramsey Community College North Hennepin Community College
Bemidji State University Northland Community & Technical College
Cardinal Stritch University Northwest Technical College – Bemidji
Central Lakes College Northwestern Health Sciences University
Century College Pine Technical and Community College
College of St. Scholastica Ridgewater College
Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College Riverland Community College
Hibbing Community & Technical College Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota–Twin Cities Campus
Inver Hills Community College South Central College
Lake Superior College Southwest Minnesota State University
Metropolitan State University St Cloud State University
Minneapolis Community & Technical College St Cloud Technical and Community College
Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical University of Minnesota, Crookston
Minnesota State Community and Technical College University of North Dakota
Minnesota State University Moorhead University of Wisconsin – River Falls
Minnesota State University, Mankato Winona State University
Minnesota West Community & Technical College

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For more information on formal articulations it is recommended you see an RCTC Counselor.