Revisions to this policy were approved at the April 25, 2017 Senate meeting. To view revisions, see the legislative report.
Articulation agreements may be created between one or more academic units of Penn State (program, department, college) and one or more units of at least one other regionally accredited institution or officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
All articulation agreements must adhere to the following provisions.
- The Executive Vice President and Provost is the University officer responsible for administratively authorizing, extending, or terminating articulation agreements with other academic institutions relating to the admission, curricular offerings, enrollments, or awarding of degrees for academic programs and students at all college and campus locations.
- Academic deans or campus chancellors may propose to enter into, extend, or terminate articulation agreements with external institutions and agencies or with graduate and professional units within the University. Articulation agreement proposals are to be developed after consultation with appropriate academic and administrative officers within the University, including other deans or campus chancellors. Whenever appropriate, articulation agreements shall include the provision for multiple campuses and colleges of the University to participate in the agreement. An articulation agreement should not have a negative impact on any Penn State program or campus in terms of academic quality.
- An articulation agreement should not have a negative impact on any Penn State program or campus in terms of enrollment. When an agreement is proposed with an institution that is located within the geographic service area of a Penn State campus, the dean/chancellor of that campus must be consulted before an agreement is finalized.
- All academic and administrative policies of the University will be honored in the proposed articulation agreement. Exceptions to any University academic or administrative policy must be addressed in the agreement and include appropriate consultation.
- When a student is admitted to the University through an articulation agreement, admission requirements for enrollment in a college and entrance to a major will be no less than those in effect at the time for Penn State matriculated students. The Undergraduate Admissions Office will evaluate the application and scholastic credentials for undergraduate students seeking entry to the University through an articulation agreement. For articulation agreements involving graduate programs, the admission evaluation will be done by Graduate Enrollment Services and the graduate program involved in the articulation agreement.
- Articulation agreements involving undergraduate programs will be reviewed by the Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid (ARSSA) before being authorized by the provost. Articulation agreements involving graduate programs will be reviewed by the Graduate Council before being authorized by the provost. Evidence of consultation with affected academic units must be included as supporting documentation.
- The review process for agreements with agencies or institutions outside the United States must ensure that appropriate legal, language proficiency, and safety factors are addressed. At the very least, this process requires written consultation with the Office of Global Programs and a review by the Senate Committee on Global Programs.
- Whenever possible, units are encouraged to create templates for articulation agreements that have been reviewed by the Office of Risk Management and the Office of General Counsel.
- All articulation agreements must have a renewal date (no later than five years beyond the initial date of the agreement) at which time the agreement is to be reviewed and either continued or terminated. If it is to be continued, a new renewal date should be established at that time. This five-year review is to be done internally by the sponsoring academic unit and reported to the Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid (ARSSA) or the Graduate Council, as appropriate.
- All articulation agreements must contain a process by which the agreement may be terminated at the request of either institution.
- A record of authorized undergraduate articulation agreements will be maintained by the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education. A record of authorized graduate articulation agreements will be maintained by The Graduate School.
Initial Legislation: 4/28/11