IAI Faculty Orientation
Orientation Checklist – Panel
Operations Information – Orientation Presentation(pdf) – IAI system training session
What is IAI?
IAI stands for the Illinois Articulation Initiative. The goal of IAI is to facilitate
the transfer of students among Illinois institutions of higher education.
How does the IAI benefit students?
Nearly 30,000 students transfer each fall in Illinois. Approximately half of them
transfer from two-year to four-year institutions. The remaining half are lateral
transfers (e.g., from university to university or community college to community
college) or reverse transfers (e.g., from university to community college). When
students follow the recommendations developed for IAI, and consult their academic
advisor, they are more likely to transfer efficiently, without losing credits.
Students who complete a prescribed set of general education courses, referred to
as IAI Gen Ed or the General Education Core Curriculum (G ECC), can transfer this
package of coursework and have it accepted in lieu of a participating institutions
lower-division, general education course requirements. Students who complete an
Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree that contains the IAI GECC also
will have met the receiving institutions lower-division Gen Ed requirements,
but may have additional upper-division or mission-related general education requirements
Students who have chosen a major but have not yet decided which college to attend
that offers a baccalaureate degree in that major, can complete recommendations of
coursework developed by faculty panels for particular majors, satisfy admission
requirements, and be granted credit for fulfilling the receiving institutions
comparable lower-division requirements for that major. These recommended courses
taken count toward requirements for graduation
How many institutions are participating in IAI?
More than 100 public and private, two-year and four-year institutions voluntarily
participate in IAI.
How do institutions participate?
Institutions participate by: nominating faculty members to serve on more than 30
general education and major specific panels; providing input on the recommendations
developed by these panels; submitting courses comparable to those identified as
common, lower-division, foundational courses; participating as an equal partner
in the articulation process; and, working together to support and communicate the
goal of improving student transfer.
Where can I find out more about IAI?
Go to the iTransfer web site at iTransfer.org. A special section
for faculty, advisors, and counselors is labeled
and can be accessed from the banner of the home page. It provides a history of the
initiative, a list of participating institutions, a list of approved courses by
institution, FAQs, etc.
For students, a general education worksheet is helpful and can be accessed by choosing
IAI GECC from main page or GECC worksheet from the student pull down menu. Under
IAI Majors, students can compare how major specific courses will be accepted at
various participating institutions.
Keeping students FIRST is key to the success of IAI.
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