Curricular Articulation FAQs

Q. What is the purpose of articulation agreements with transfer feeder institutions?

Articulation agreements are initiated by institutions who wish to broaden the transfer opportunities available to their students. Articulation increases the communication between prospective students and transfer institutions by enabling colleges to maintain approved agreements which guarantee the transferability of a student's courses. The existence of these agreements speeds transfer and ensures hassle-free transfer for the student.

Q. What kinds of courses are articulated?

Articulation agreements are pursued in the areas of General Education requirements and lower division prerequisites for major programs. Before approval, the articulating institutions consider course content, credit values, and subjects covered in the courses which they are attempting to articulate. Approved articulation agreements that indicate the equivalency of lower division prerequisite courses are accessible through communication with the institution's Articulation Officer and are posted on the web. Upper Division admitted transfers will have guaranteed acceptance to the offered major of their choice if they satisfactorily complete all the lower division major prerequisites listed in the CSU Stanislaus catalog prior to transfer. It is crucial to remember that articulation is not official until after the original agreement has been signed by the Articulation Officer and the appropriate department faculty representative.

Q. Is additional information related to student transfer and articulation available on the web?

Approved articulation agreements that indicate the equivalency of lower division prerequisite courses are posted on ASSIST. The Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer Program (ASSIST) is the official repository of articulation and transfer information between California Community Colleges, University of California, and California State University Campuses.

CSU Stanislaus establishes course to course articulation with California Community Colleges and formats this articulation both by department and by major on ASSIST. It is suggested that anyone referencing ASSIST view articulation by major in order to see all lower division requirements for a specific major. If the articulation in a specific department (e.g., all mathematics courses) is wanted, it is suggested that California State University Stanislaus be used as a first institution in ASSIST on the Web, and a community college be used as the second institution. This will display CSU Stanislaus departments. CSU Stanislaus is an active participant in ASSIST.

Q. What happens if the courses taken do not appear on ASSIST?

If courses taken cannot be found on ASSIST and transfer is desired, remember that articulation is a continuing and ever-changing process. It is possible that courses taken do transfer but have not yet been posted on ASSIST. If a course has been taken that may potentially meet a requirement but is not found posted on ASSIST, check with a counselor or advisor from the college. The college counselor or advisor should contact the Articulation Officer on the campus to either initiate an articulation agreement or check whether an articulation agreement exists. Many good courses transfer only for elective credit toward a degree.

Q. How is new articulation initiated and processed?

New articulation is sometimes initiated by the CSU Stanislaus Articulation Officer and at other times by another institution. When Articulation requests are received from other institutions, it is vital that CSU Stanislaus have outlines for the courses the initiating school wishes to articulate. Requests for new articulation usually come in the form of a letter. The content of the letter describes the courses that the other institution feels match the courses at CSU Stanislaus, and asks that the courses be considered for approval.

When CSU Stanislaus seeks approval for articulation from another institution, CSU Stanislaus course outlines and a letter are sent to the school from which approval is being sought. Requests from Community College articulation are welcomed and articulation is sought and approved with other four-year institutions.

When processing articulation with a Community College, CSU Stanislaus forwards a standardized form to the CSU Stanislaus Department Chair if the Articulation Officer feels courses from the Community College have articulation potential. The decision of whether the Community College course is worthy of articulation is left to the Department Chair or appropriate department representative at CSU Stanislaus. The Department Chair returns the form to the Articulation Office and the Community College is notified of approval or denial. If the form has been approved, a record of the articulation is posted to the ASSIST web site.

If CSU Stanislaus is initiating articulation with another four-year university, a copy of the CSU Stanislaus course outline is sent to the institution and accompanied by a form that seeks approval from the Articulation Officer and Department/Division Chair at the other institution. The form is sent back to CSU Stanislaus and forwarded to the Department Chair at CSU Stanislaus. If approval takes place, the Articulation Officer for CSU Stanislaus signs the agreement and notifies the other institution and ASSIST of the articulation status.

Q. How is information about changes to articulation obtained?

The Articulation Office is immediately made aware of changes in the CSUS catalog because the Articulation Officer at CSU Stanislaus works closely with the revising and publishing of each new catalog. Occasionally the Articulation Office will receive information about catalog changes that have occurred at other institutions. Notification of the changes usually comes in the form of lists that note all the changes in course titles and/or content that have taken place since the last catalog. The lists are reviewed by the Articulation Officer who looks for changes in courses that have been articulated. Course articulation proposals for new courses, or those with significant content changes, should be accompanied by a course outline.

Q. How does the CSU Stanislaus Articulation Officer interact with faculty regarding changes to existing articulation?

The faculty at CSU Stanislaus is involved with changes to articulation when the Articulation Office seeks re-articulation of courses that have undergone changes. CSU Stanislaus faculty review the courses to determine course comparability between institutions. This review is fundamental to intersegmental articulation.