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Articulation Agreements

What Criteria are Used to Establish Transfer Agreements?

Montgomery College considers many factors prior to the development of transfer agreements with four-year institutions, including but not limited to the following:   

Accreditation of the Institution – Does the four-year institution have accreditation or candidacy status with one of the following regional agencies: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges?

If it's an online school, does it meet the Out-of-State Post-Secondary Institutions Registered to Offer Fully Online Education to Maryland Students list, found here?

Demand – How many Montgomery College students have transferred to the four-year institution in the last three years or are currently enrolled?

Benefits to Students – Will the baccalaureate degree institution offer incentives and special benefits to students who transfer under the articulation agreement, such as an application fee waiver, transfer scholarships, tuition discounts, guaranteed admission, early advising and orientation programs exclusively for transfer students, early registration, on-campus housing, access to honors programs, and internship and/or research opportunities?

Enrollment Agreements - Enrollment Agreements provide MC students with the opportunity to be admitted to, enroll in and/or afford to attend an accredited four-year institution. These agreements may include application fee waivers, guaranteed admission, scholarships, priority registration, guaranteed housing, a designated academic advisor, special orientation programs, transfer credit, honors program, etc. There must be a unique benefit for MC students or in addition to normal opportunities. 

Seamless Transfer -  Will the baccalaureate degree institution accept the associate’s degree in its entirety? Will credits earned in Montgomery College’s General Education Program apply directly to the transfer institution’s general education requirements without a course-by-course review? Does the institution embrace the principle that transfer students should not be required to repeat courses and competencies already achieved?

Institutional Articulated Pathways - Enrollment Agreements provide MC students with the opportunity to be admitted to, enroll in and/or afford to attend an accredited four-year institution. These agreements may include application fee waivers, guaranteed admission, scholarships, priority registration, guaranteed housing, a designated academic advisor, special orientation programs, transfer credit, honors program, etc. There must be a unique benefit for MC students or in addition to normal opportunities. 
Recruitment and Marketing MOU - A Recruitment and Marketing MOU is required when a four-year institution wants to recruit MC students. Opportunities such as a joint publication, highlighting an institution in print or online, providing space for an information session or campus visit and the sharing of data will require the completion of this MOU. 

Feasibility – Is the four-year institution a viable option for Montgomery College transfer students in terms of cost, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, accessibility, geographic location, and delivery options?  

Affiliations/Partnerships – Does the four-year institution have formal partnerships with other post-secondary institutions?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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