In January 1993, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, and the Transfer Coordinators of Illinois Colleges and Universities jointly launched the Illinois Articulation Initiative to facilitate the transfer of students among Illinois institutions--public and independent, associate and baccalaureate degree-granting. The Initiative grew out of the Illinois Board of Higher Education's policies on Transfer and Articulation adopted in September 1990 at the recommendation of the second Committee on the Study of Undergraduate Education. The Board's policies contain two key concepts around which the Initiative was designed: first, that "associate and baccalaureate degree-granting institutions must be equal partners;" and second, that "faculties must take primary responsibility for developing and maintaining program and course articulation."
The transferable General Education Core Curriculum was created adopted, institutions identified their courses, and freshman began enrolling Summer 1998. General education and major panels have many descriptors within which students can complete their coursework. The full IAI database of GECC and major courses is available on the site.
This section provides details and documents regarding the history and policy development of the IAI program.