The State Board of Community Colleges and University of North Carolina Board of Governors have signed a revised Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) between the two public higher education systems, making college transfer options more defined and easier to follow. The revised agreement, driven by an increased focus on student success and the growing number of N.C. community college students transferring to the state’s public universities, will save students and their families both time and money. It also will stretch taxpayer-funded dollars by offering students a more direct pathway to career and educational success.
For more than 15 years, N.C. community college students planning to transfer to a UNC campus have been guided by a 1997 joint agreement that outlines how course credits transfer between the two systems. As years passed, general education requirements evolved and students increasingly found that some credits did not count toward their major programs of study, resulting in delays in degree attainment and added costs for students and their families.
Under the revised agreement, community college students will enter transfer pathways with clearly defined goals and an understanding of how earned transfer hours fit into university requirements. Additionally, the revised agreement:
- Identifies foundational courses that will transfer to all UNC campuses to meet general education requirements;
- Improves transfer student success by requiring coursework that helps students map their academic pathway from community colleges to universities; and
- Encourages community college students to complete an AA or AS degree before transferring to a UNC campus by guaranteeing entry as juniors with full transfer credit.
Hundreds of faculty and administrators from North Carolina’s 58 community colleges and 16 UNC campuses weighed in on the design and development of this revised transfer agreement. The revised CAA will go into effect for new college transfer students in the fall of 2014. Students currently enrolled in an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) program will continue under the existing agreement as long as they remain continuously enrolled.