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A. Articulation agreements are the protocols for academic relationships between units of academic governance for the purpose of benefiting students and prospective students at two institutions.
B. The purpose of such agreements is to insure programs of academic quality, to encourage student achievement, and to facilitate the transfer of course credits and a smooth transition from one academic institution to another.
C. Articulation agreements are initiated by the deans of the colleges in coordination with partner institution officials and liaisons.
D. The approval of the college dean, department chair(s), and the office of the registrar are necessary for ratifying an articulation agreement.
E. Articulation with another institution will be considered on the basis of
1. the educational quality of the institution with which the articulation is sought;
2. the comparability of the nature, content, and level of the program to that offered at Concordia;
3. congruence with the University’s mission, curricula, and standards for student achievement;
4. alignment of student learning outcomes.
F. The registrar (in consultation with department chair(s)) will review course descriptions and catalogs to determine if programs at the other institution are compatible with academic aims and purposes of Concordia University.
G. The primary responsibility for the evaluation of the general education curriculum will be with the registrar.
1. Departments will be consulted if appropriateness and compatibility of the credits is in question.
2. The definitions of general education provided by the Higher Learning Commission and by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education will be used when evaluating credits.
H. Courses approved through articulation into a program do not guarantee articulation into another program of the University. (e.g. A statistics course could satisfy the math requirement for a science program but not necessarily satisfy the math requirement in another program.)
I. Articulation agreements are reported to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and will be reviewed by the department chair(s) and institutional liaisons on a regular basis.

Last modified: March 15, 2018