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What is Articulation?

Simply stated, articulation deals with how courses transfer from one college to another. 

Specifically, articulation is the process of establishing which courses offered at Mission College (MC) are comparable to, or acceptable in place of, courses offered at four year colleges and universities.

This process is done to help transfer students make a smooth transition (typically from the community college to a university/college) without experiencing a delay or duplication of coursework.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements identify courses completed at one institution that meet the requirements of another institution for major preparation, general education or transferable units.

Articulation agreements may be presented as course-to-course, for lower division major preparation and/or for general education-breadth requirements.

In some cases, courses are only articulated (identified) as elective courses. This means that though the units will transfer, the course does not fulfill any specific requirements other than as transferable units.

Most agreements are between a community college and a university, but there can be agreements between two community colleges or two universities.

Mission College maintains articulation agreements with every University of California campus and virtually every California State University campus, as well as with numerous independent (private) and/or out-of-state institutions.

Mission College Office of Articulation

The Mission College Office of Articulation establishes and maintains articulation agreements between Mission College and other accredited colleges and universities, ensuring students a smooth transfer of course credit.

The articulation office also supports faculty with curriculum and program development. Generally, transfer articulation is the alignment of community college curriculum with other college and university courses and programs.

This is accomplished through the process of developing ongoing communication and agreements between and among two-and four-year postsecondary institutions.

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For High School Articulation, visit the CTE Career Pathways website.