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Office of General Counsel Policies & Guidelines

Principles for Articulation in Vocational/Technical Education : 2:01:00:03

Policy/Guideline Area

Academic Policies

Applicable Divisions

TCATs, Community Colleges

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish processes and procedures for articulation of technical and career programs at institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. 

Policy/Guideline

  1.  Articulation from a Community College to College of Applied Technology Certificate and Diploma Programs
    1. A student may be eligible to receive clock hours toward a diploma or certificate program based upon the evaluation of the college transcript and course syllabi.
    2. The institutions involved must agree that the learning outcomes specified in courses offered by the community college satisfy learning outcomes in similar courses and/or programs offered by the colleges of applied technology. Syllabi of the courses from the institutions involved must be maintained and documented.
    3. Grades that articulate from the community college must be a C or above.
  2. ​Articulation to College of Applied Technology Certificate and Diploma Programs from Secondary Education
    1. Colleges of applied technology and secondary schools may enter into agreements for the articulation of competencies in certificate and diploma programs.
      1. The college of applied technology must agree that the learning outcomes specified in courses offered by the secondary school satisfy learning outcomes as expressed in program competencies offered by the colleges of applied technology. Competency lists from the institutions involved must be maintained and documented.
      2. Clock (contact) hours will be awarded to the student upon enrollment in the college of applied technology based upon the student’s demonstrated attainment of competencies through college of applied technology recognized checklists or by assessment.
    2. Student requirements include the following provisions:
      1. The student must meet all regular admissions requirement of the college of applied technology as published in the institutional catalog.
      2. The student who is admitted to any college of applied technology program must meet all applicable academic requirements of the proposed program of study.
  3. Awarding of Semester Credit Hours (articulation ) from a College of Applied Technology Certificate and Diploma Program, or Other Technical Education/Training entity, to a Community College or University
    1. In order to facilitate the efficient comparison of learning outcomes between the TCATs and community colleges, aligned community college applied science curriculum competencies will be delineated for those courses eligible for transfer of credit from the TCAT or other technical education/training entities.
      1. Representative community college faculty in the subject will develop the statewide competency-based course supplemental document.
      2. The statewide competency-based course document will represent a minimum of 70 - 80 percent alignment between the colleges, reflecting the learning outcomes in the common course library, which allows for regional educational differences.
    2. Within each comparable field of study between the TCATs and community colleges, representative community college faculty of aligned programs will convene to develop and recognize standardized processes and procedures among the community colleges that will allow for the TCAT graduate in the field to continue a competency-based pathway toward the A.A.S. degree or technical certificate in the specified program.
    3. A student may be eligible to receive semester credit hours toward a technical certificate or associate degree based upon the evaluation of the TCAT transcript, and the TCAT program competencies and syllabi.
    4. The community colleges, with comparable fields of study with the TCATs, must agree that the equivalent competencies specified in related TCAT programs satisfy the learning outcomes in similar courses and/or programs offered by the community colleges.
      1. Documentation of equivalent learning outcomes, the process for validation of the transfer credit, and any remediation process must be maintained by the institutions awarding the credit.
    5. Grades that articulate from the TCAT must be a C or above, dependent upon the requirements of the field of study, and as established statewide by the community colleges' faculty.
    6. Students may be eligible to be awarded semester credit hours by a community college of university based upon Policy 2:01:00:04, Awarding of Credits Earned Through Extra-Institutional Learning to Community Colleges and Universities.
    7. Additional guidance can be found in TBR Guidelines A-30, Components of Articulation Agreements including the attached exhibit of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission's document on Prior Learning Standards; and A-31, Articulation Among Community Colleges and Universities. 

Sources

Board Meeting: March 29, 2006; TBR Board Meeting March 29, 2012; Revised at TBR Board Meeting September 16, 2015; Revised at TBR Board Meeting March 31, 2017.

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Contact

Mickey Sheen
615-366-4437
mickey.sheen@tbr.edu