What is Articulation and Why Is It Important?

Articulation refers to the process of linking two or more educational systems. In this case it provides for the linking of high school courses to community college courses, allowing students to take articulated classes at their high schools and earn advanced placement and/or even college credit for those courses. This saves time and provides a jump start to the college experience.

Articulated courses help form a clear, efficient path to a student’s future. The alignment of curricula and agreement about basic competencies that occur during the designing of an articulation agreement ensure a seamless transition in course work for students progressing from a high school/ROCP to a community college. Participation in an articulation program allows students to receive advanced placement and in some cases accrue college credit while still enrolled at the secondary level, thereby enabling them to achieve their goal of completing a certificate or degree in a shorter time. This translates to a savings in money that would otherwise be spent on further college tuition and supplies, or that would effectively be lost due to increased time in college and outside the workforce. Articulated courses also prepare and permit students to begin college at a higher level of study in their chosen field, so sparing them from the inconvenience and frustration of duplicating coursework they have already encountered at the secondary level.

Functional and wide-ranging articulation programs are also likely to increase student retention at the high schools, ROCPs, and community colleges. Students are more likely to remain enrolled and involved in secondary school if they see that it is providing them with clear and effective paths to lucrative careers. The same is true for students enrolling in and maintaining their progress at community colleges – students already on a designated course of study will seek successful completion of certificates and degrees in higher numbers, especially if they are guaranteed that they will not have to repeat courses they have already taken during their previous education.

Increased enrollment and retention lead to stronger programs for instructors. Articulated high school/ROCP programs stand to benefit from increased participation, and outside recognition and support. In turn, high school and ROCP instructors that have been actively involved with articulation efforts are plainly more inclined to encourage their students to continue on in corresponding programs at the community college level, thus transferring the benefits to their college faculty partners.

The work that is being done by the high school/ROCP and community college systems with the Statewide Career Pathways Project is aimed at increasing the number, functionality, and use of articulation agreements, which translates into increasing the number of clear pathways to worthy futures for our students. The more we succeed in this, the more students will be able to begin charting a practical course of study in early high school, or even middle school, which will lead to accelerated learning in interest areas concluding in certificates and degrees in their chosen fields.

For more information about articulation and Statewide Career Pathways, follow the links below to pages that are tailored to more particular perspectives and interests:

  • Students: Jump start your career by earning college credit for High School/ROPC work. Go>>>
  • Advisors: Help your students get ahead through credit for High School/ROPC work. Go>>>
  • Faculty: Learn how articulation can help your students enhance your existing program. Go>>>
  • Learn More about the Project. Go>>>


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