Benefits of 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.

Students who follow the recommendations developed for IAI, and consult their academic advisor, are more likely to transfer efficiently, without losing credits.

Students who complete a prescribed set of general education courses, referred to as IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC), can transfer this “package” of coursework and have it accepted in lieu of a participating institution’s 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 institution’s lower-division Gen Ed requirements, but may have additional upper-division or mission-related general education requirements to complete.

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 institution’s comparable lower-division requirements for that major. These recommended courses taken in specific majors, count toward requirements for graduation.

More than 100 public and private, two-year and four-year institutions voluntarily participate in IAI.

A student who completes 30 semester credit hours of college level coursework and transfers to an IAI participating institution will be given the option of completing the IAI Gen Ed or the receiving institution’s lower-division general education core requirements.

To find more information about IAI

Go to the web site at For students, a general education worksheet is helpful and can be accessed by choosing IAI GECC under the student pull down menu. Under IAI Majors, students can compare how courses will be accepted at various participating institutions.

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