Criteria Used to Establish Agreements:
- Have full accreditation with a regional accreditation commission such as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Understand that the agreement is on behalf of the district as a whole and not with individual colleges within the district. Courses taken at any of the Maricopa Community Colleges are equally transferable to institutions entering into an articulation agreement.
- Agree to all transfer Associate Degrees (Associate in Arts, Associate in Business, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts Elementary Education) awarded by Maricopa.
- Accept coursework beyond 64 credits to provide students with greater flexibility and/or offer meaningful incentives to students (e.g. waiver of application fees, dedicated scholarships, and advising, etc).
There are many factors that are considered when developing an articulation agreement.
- Quality of the Institution -- Does the degree granting institution have accreditation or candidacy status with a regionally accredited agency? For international institutions, has the institution been assessed by a responsible governing body of the country's government and has met or exceeded the defined standards of excellence in education as set forth by that governing body?
- Need -- Does the degree granting institution have a significant number of students with Maricopa credit who have transferred into that institution or are currently enrolled?
- Feasibility -- Is the degree granting institution a viable option for students in terms of cost and financial aid opportunities, accessibility, residency requirement, geographic location and delivery options?
- Affiliations/Partnerships -- Is the degree granting institution affiliated with organizations or associations that support the community college system (e.g., League for Innovation Partner), or does it have formal partnerships with other post-secondary institutions (i.e., community colleges, universities, etc.)?
- Mission/Values - Does the agreement support Maricopa's mission, institutional values, and Maricopa's Governing Board Goals?
- Seamless Transfer - Is the baccalaureate degree institution committed to the concepts of seamless transfer and student success? Additionally, do they embrace the principle that transfer students should maximize the credits as much as possible and should not be required to repeat competencies already achieved?