Illinois Articulation Initiative Policy and Procedures

Preface

In January 1993, the Board of Higher Education, Illinois Community College Board, and the Transfer Coordinators of Illinois Colleges and Universities jointly launched the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) to facilitate the transfer of students among Illinois colleges and universities-public and private, associate and baccalaureate degree-granting. The IAI grew out of the Board of Higher Education's policies on Transfer and Articulation adopted in September 1990 at the recommendation of the reconvened Committee on the Study of Undergraduate Education. The Board's policies contain two key concepts around which the IAI was designed: First, that "associate and baccalaureate degree-granting institutions must be equal partners" in delivering lower-division courses and, second, that "faculties must take primary responsibility for developing and maintaining program and course articulation."

While the Board of Higher Education, Illinois Community College Board, State Board of Education, and the Transfer Coordinators of Illinois Colleges and Universities are cosponsors, the IAI is a voluntary cooperative agreement among about 100 Illinois colleges and universities that is designed to assist the thousands of Illinois students who transfer from one college or university to another in pursuit of a bachelor's degree.

The first IAI task was to develop a transferable general education curriculum. From January 1993 through May 1994, faculty panels for each of the five major fields commonly represented in general education programs-communication, mathematics, humanities and fine arts, physical and life sciences, and social and behavioral sciences-developed the Illinois transferable General Education Core Curriculum. The Steering Panel adopted the completed curriculum, along with a time frame for its implementation, in May 1994 and forwarded both the curriculum and time frame to the Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College Board for their endorsement. Both the Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College Board endorsed the Illinois transferable General Education Core Curriculum in September 1994, and the Board of Higher Education invited institutions to submit statements of their intent to participate in implementing the agreement effective with first-time freshmen in summer 1998 and after. Participating institutions then identified their courses that matched those in the General Education Core Curriculum, and a web site was designed for use by college counselors and advisors and to explain the agreement to students, prospective students, and their parents. As of May 1997, the Illinois transferable General Education Core Curriculum is available at http://www.iTransfer.org.

When the General Education Core Curriculum was completed, the next task was to develop agreements on the courses essential for community and junior college students to complete prior to transfer into a particular baccalaureate major to be on a par with other juniors in that major. As each recommendation is completed, institutions are asked to identify their courses that match those in the recommendation, the panel reviews the matched courses, and the web site is designed. Ten baccalaureate majors' agreements become effective for first-time freshmen entering in summer 1998, and seven agreements will become effective in summer 2000. Additional panels are developing recommendations that will be phased in as they are completed. Recommendations for a total of about 30 majors will be completed as part of the IAI. The first of the baccalaureate majors' recommendations will be available on the web site in January 1998.

This Policy and Procedures Manual was prepared by the IAI Implementation Advisory Committee to assist college and university administrators, faculty members, and other staff in participating fully in the Illinois Articulation Initiative.



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