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Transfer Articulation Agreement Process

Initiate - The request for an articulation agreement may be generated from either an internal or external source.

Internally - The request for an agreement may be generated from a department or division within LCC.

Externally - The request may originate from another institution through an LCC contact.

Regardless of the origin of the agreement, all requests to initiate developments of transfer agreements must be communicated in writing to the Divisional Instructional Office or Department where the program is housed. The Divisional Instructional Office or Department will coordinate and communicate the request to the Academic Affairs Office, where the "Notice of Intent to Develop an Articulation Agreement" will be shared with the appropriate LCC individuals/offices. Specifically the Post-Secondary Articulation Coordinator, Departments, Deans, Provost, and President's office will be informed to gain added value and to communicate intent.

The Notice of Intent to Develop an Articulation Agreement will follow a standard format to include the following:

  • Name of program
  • Name of institution with which the agreement will be developed
  • Brief rationale to support entering into the agreement
  • LCC program contact person

Develop - The development of an agreement may be initiated internally or externally.

Internally - The Academic Affairs Office drafts the general institutional agreements. The Divisional Instructional Office or Department Office, where the program is housed, drafts program specific agreements. Both draft agreements are developed with the following considerations:

  • Complies with the Articulation Agreement Guidelines
  • Provides for input and review from the partnering institution

Externally - The partnering institution may draft an institutional or program specific agreement. The draft agreement is reviewed by the Post-Secondary Articulation Coordinator, the LCC Divisional Instructional Office, and appropriate department/program with the same considerations as that agreement internally developed.

Comments and concerns are considered and brought to the Post-Secondary Articulation Coordinator for discussion with those who drafted the agreement.  Any necessary revisions are made to the final draft of the agreement and presented to the Academic Affairs Office.

Approval - The final LCC approval occurs in the Academic Affairs Office. The Post-Secondary Articulation Coordinator will coordinate the communication and approval from the partnering institution. Upon approval from both institutions, two originals are created for signatures. The Post-Secondary Articulation Coordinator coordinates a signing ceremony, when appropriate.

Those invited to attend:

  • Agreement development members from both institutions
  • Deans, Program representative(s), Department Chair, Provost, and/or President from both institutions

Two sets of original documents are brought to the signing ceremony.

The event may include:

  • Light refreshments
  • Press coverage and press release
  • Photo coverage
  • Agenda to include:
    • Welcome and introductions of each institution's representatives
    • Comments by those present
    • Signing activity

Communicate/Disseminate - Following approval in the Academic Affairs Office, and obtaining the appropriate signatures, the signed agreement is posted on the web site at  Others receiving notification are:

  • Deans
  • Divisional Instruction Leaders
  • Department Chair
  • Director of Transfer Initiatives
  • Academic Advisors

Original copies of the agreement are disseminated to:

  • Academic Affairs Office, which maintains all signed original documents
  • Partnering institution

Copies of the agreement are distributed to:

  • Program representative(s)
  • Divisional Instruction Office or Department Office

Promotion/Marketing - The Post-Secondary Articulation Coordinator will coordinate promotion and marketing of transfer articulation agreements to students in several ways:

  • Electronically inform academic advisors of new agreements
  • Include a statement on transfer guides that indicates the guide represents an articulation (partnership) agreement between Lansing Community College and the partner institution
  • Place new agreement on the LCC web site at; link appropriate transfer guide and transfer institution to the new agreement
  • Consider other web-based venues to promote agreements

Promotion/marketing efforts will be monitored to determine the most effective methods of promotion as measured by students' use of transfer articulation agreements.

Annual Review - The Program or the Academic Affairs Office may initiate the annual review with the transfer institution. Any revisions to the program transfer agreement will be reviewed and approved by:

  • Program representatives
  • Divisional Instruction Office

With approval of revisions and communication of changes to the Academic Affairs Office, a letter reflecting the revisions will be sent by the Academic Affairs Office to the transfer institution.  Approved revisions will be disseminated to:

  • Program(s)
  • Divisional Instruction Office
  • Academic Advisors
  • Director of Transfer Initiatives

Each reviewed transfer articulation agreement will be dated to reflect the date of the review and to assist in maintaining the most current agreements.

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06/15/10, 02/06/12

Articulation at Lansing Community College

Academic Affairs
Administration Bldg, Room 201
Phone: (517) 483-1498
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