The university articulation coordinator has overall responsibility for the effective functioning of
the internal articulation process and external communications of policies.
The university articulation coordinator has overall responsibility for all aspects of articulation
with other colleges and universities. The university articulation coordinator is responsible for the
preparation of all university reports and correspondence on articulation matters, although it is
expected that departments and schools will have collegial communication with the local
institutions with which formal articulation agreements have been made. The university
articulation coordinator is also responsible for maintenance of the university course articulation
Involved department chairs and program directors should be familiar with the general process of
articulation agreements. Within each department, a faculty member will be assigned as the
department articulation reviewer. Courses for potential articulation agreements will be evaluated
by the designated articulation reviewer and endorsed by the corresponding academic dean.
Prior to full implementation of new or renewed agreements, a full degree audit must be
conducted demonstrating which courses will be transferred and substituted. The articulation
coordinator is responsible for notifying department articulation reviewers and supplying them
with the necessary course descriptions, faculty credentials, and relevant requested information
regarding the sending institution. The university articulation coordinator, acting as principal
point of contact for requests for articulation of courses received from other institutions, ensures
that SCU has an up-to-date copy of the college catalog and college course outlines for those
courses for which articulation is desired.
The department articulation reviewer will be responsible for evaluating courses using these
course outlines or catalog descriptions for comparability to SCU courses. Any course outline
referred to the department reviewer from the articulation coordinator will include the college
name, course name, course number, along with the corresponding SCU course for potential
articulation agreement. The reviewer will indicate approval or disapproval of the agreement, sign
the form, and return it to the articulation coordinator who will then forward the document to the
appropriate academic dean for recommendation to the VP of Academic Affairs. Upon the
approval of the VP of Academic Affairs, the articulation coordinator ensures that the agreement
is formally communicated and recorded and that all databases are expeditiously updated.
Every two years, the articulation agreement coordinator will review all articulation agreements
for their effectiveness and propose changes/amendments deemed appropriate for the
enhancement of the agreement. Every four years, the articulation coordinator will conduct a
comprehensive analysis that includes the review of catalogs, course descriptions, seat hours, and
credentialing of faculty. Any major changes in any of these areas will result in a new degree
audit by applicable department articulation reviewers. A SCU department that wishes to initiate articulation for a course(s) at another institution should
contact the university articulation coordinator.
Articulation agreements must adhere to the following guiding principles:
The articulation process is designed for course-to-course articulations, and all other
articulation-related agreements and literature are predicated on it.
The assignment of credit hours will be in compliance with the federal definition of a
credit hour and in alignment with the course audit system used by SCU. Academic rigor
and course assessment procedures will also be considered when assigning credit hour
transfers and course substitutions.
Articulation agreements may be initiated by external institutions or by SCU
New articulation agreements require the signatures of the VP of Academic Affairs,
corresponding academic dean, articulation coordinator, and registrar.
Effective fall 2014, renewed articulation agreements require the signatures of the VP of
Academic Affairs, corresponding academic dean, articulation coordinator, and registrar.
Any curricular changes that affect existing articulation agreements should involve timely
mutual consultation by both receiving and sending institutions and notification to all
affected parties once new agreements are reached.
An articulation agreement may be terminated by either party for due cause and after
adequate notice to the other. Termination of the agreement will not affect students
currently enrolled at the university.
Drafted: March 3, 2014
Policy Revised: Fall 2014