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Purpose of the Committee

The Articulation Committee continuously reviews and analyzes articulation models, taking into consideration state constraints, in order to develop articulation guidelines that will facilitate transfer of business credits and programs for the benefit of business students.

History of the Committee

Andrew Stevenson was a visionary leader who opened discussion on articulation issues within ACBSP long before the populist movement encouraged the U.S. Congress to enact HR 4283, College Access and Opportunity Act of 2004. As a member of the ACBSP accreditation staff working directly with associate degree institutions, Stevenson was well aware of the difficulty faced by students matriculating from associate degree schools into baccalaureate programs. His white papers prompted discussion resulting in action toward a seamless transfer more than two decades ago. The Articulation Committee was suggested as a committee at the initial meeting of the ACBSP Board of Directors in May 1989.

In 2010, ACBSP created Managing Articulation Issues, a resource kit designed to assist members in navigating the constantly changing landscape of portability of credit towarddegree completion. Transfer of Credit Guidelines was created by the Articulation Committee which consisted of both Associate and Baccalaureate program representatives. It was approved in November 2012 to promote more seamless transfer practices among ACBSP members. Standard and Criteria Six has recently been revised to include information on transfer practices for both associate and baccalaureate programs.

Committee Projects

A few of the projects the Articulation Committee has completed are:

  • Designing a resource kit, Managing Articulation Issues, to assist members in navigating the continually changing portability of credit and degree completion.
  • This kit provides resources to assist the reader in:
    • understanding the issues of credit portability and transfer,
    • examining best practices,
    • receiving sample articulation agreements, and
    • crafting strategies that further lifelong learning by reducing barriers in the sectors of two- to four-year study, baccalaureate to graduate degree study, and international study to graduate school.
  • Creating the Transfer of Credit Guidelines for both associate and baccalaureate programs to encourage more seamless transfer practices among ACBSP members.
  • Revising Standard and Criteria Six to include information on transfer practices.

Moving forward, projects include the examination of present and future issues focused on transfer of credit from MOOC courses, competency-based learning credit transfer, and credit 13 transfer from college credits earned in high school business education courses.

Your Pathway to Involvement

This Committee welcomes members who are committed to taking a proactive role in seeking out opportunities to create solutions, solve problems, and improve processes related to articulation. Members with an understanding or interest in matters pertaining to articulation, and the willingness to participate in periodic conference calls are invited to join.

Board Liaison
Lakshmy Sivaratnam
Betsy Wampler
Immediate Past Chair
David A. Dyson
Dennis Brode
Kathy Eitzmann
Sujata Mangaraj
Carl V. Olsen
Judith Smrha
Patricia E. Soto Quiroga
Deborah A. Williams
Marge J. York
Staff Liaison
Danielle Harter