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How to Evaluate ATC Statewide-Articulated Courses for College Credit Award

STEP 1: IDENTIFY ARTICULATED COURSES - Are they Statewide (ATC) or Local?

  1. Check the student’s high school transcript. There are two types of articulated courses that may be on a high school transcript, ATC statewide-articulated courses and locally articulated courses. A student's transcript may have both.

  2. The college determines eligibility for college credit award based on the terms of the applicable articulation agreement, either the ATC Standard Articulation Agreement or the local agreement.

  3. ATC Statewide-Articulated Courses are listed in the ATC Articulated Course Crosswalk and terms for award of college credit are outlined in the ATC Standard Articulation Agreement.

  4. ATC statewide-articulated courses have unique course abbreviations that identify them as statewide. These are readily identifiable on the high school transcript because they include the letters "-TP."

  5. Use of these course abbreviations by a school district indicates that the course content is enhanced to meet college course outcomes and that the high school teacher has received a certificate of eligibility to teach the ATC statewide-articulated course.

  6. ATC course numbers may also be used by school districts for high school courses covered under local agreements.

  7. School districts participating in the ATC Program began using these unique course numbers in the 2002-2003 school year.

    NOTE: Because these new abbreviations for statewide-articulated courses are being phased in, colleges should honor courses using the regular course abbreviation (no “-TP”) and identified with the "A" code on the transcript for at least 15 months after high school graduation May 2002.

    Example 1 -School year 2001-2002 and before

      HS Course name - Business Computer Programming I
      Course number - ADVBCP1:A
      WECM equivalent - Introduction to Computer Programming
      Terms for award - ATC Standard Articulation Agreement

    Example 2 - School year 2001-2002 and after

      HS Course name - Business Computer Programming I
      Course number - BCP1-TP
      WECM equivalent - Introduction to Computer Programming
      Terms for award - ATC Standard Articulation Agreement

  8. Locally Articulated Courses are not listed in the ATC Articulated Course Crosswalk and terms for award of college credit are covered by individual articulation agreements.

    The course should be noted with an "A" code on the high school transcript and high schools should also list the participating college and college course equivalent on the back of the transcript.

    Example - School years covered by the local agreement

      HS Course name - Semiconductor electronics technology
      Course number - SE:A
      College equivalent - See back of HS transcript
      Terms for award - See terms of local agreement


  9. Both types of articulated courses should be noted on the high school transcript with the "A" special explanation code, but schools often fail to use this code making it more difficult to identify locally articulated courses.

STEP 2: EVALUATE STUDENT ELIGIBILITY FOR AWARD OF COLLEGE CREDIT

  1. Verify the student’s grade.

    In order to receive college credit for an ATC statewide-articulated course, the student must earn a minimum grade of 80 (3.0 or higher) in the course.

  2. Determine student standing.

    To receive college credit for an ATC statewide-articulated course, the student should complete the course as a junior (grade 11) or senior (grade 12).

    If the course is part of an ATC-designated course sequence, to receive college credit the final course in the sequence should be taken as a high school junior or senior.

    A college may elect to award credit for a course taken in grades 9 and 10.

  3. Verify completion of course sequences and prerequisites, if any, required for statewide articulation.

    In some cases, a student must complete more than one high school course to receive college credit under statewide articulation. These situations are identified in the ATC Articulated Course Crosswalk

    To receive college credit, the student must earn a minimum grade of 80 (3.0 or higher) in all courses in a required sequence.

  4. Ensure that the student has enrolled within required time limitations.

    The student should enroll in a public two-year institution within 15 months of high school graduation.

    A college may extend this time line at its discretion.

  5. Effective January 5, 2004, colleges should transcript articulated credit on enrollment. A college may elect to require a student to earn six additional non-developmental college credit hours in any subject area. The student may satisfy this requirement after high school graduation, or may satisfy this requirement before graduation by dual credit, or by qualifying AP or CLEP examination scores.


  6. Determine college course equivalency from the list of courses in the ATC Articulated Course Crosswalk.

    Refer to the ATC Articulated Course Crosswalk to determine college course equivalency. Select a college equivalent course that may be applied to the degree plan declared by the student.

    In most instances, ATC statewide-articulated high school courses are equivalent to courses listed in the Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM).

    At its discretion, a college may award academic credit from the Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM) for content equivalent courses.

    In order to meet SACS requirements, it is recommended that a student pass a challenge exam prior to award of academic credit for statewide-articulated courses.

Examples of Student Eligibility for Award of Statewide-Articulated College Credit

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Example 1: A student earns an 80 (3.0) or above in the following statewide-articulated courses:

Grade 9 or 10: Business Computer Information Systems I (BCIS1-TP)

No other career and technology or statewide-articulated courses are taken.

The student is not eligible for college credit because the course was taken in grades 9 or 10.

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Example 2: A student earns an 80 (3.0) or above in the following statewide-articulated courses:

Grade 11 or 12: Business Computer Information Systems I (BCIS1-TP)

No other career and technology or statewide-articulated courses are taken.

The student is eligible for college credit for Computer Applications I because the student successfully completed a college-level BCIS I in grades 11 or 12.

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Example 3: A student earns an 80 (3.0) or above in the following statewide-articulated courses:

Grade 9 or 10: BCIS I - Business Computer Information Systems I (BCIS1-TP)

Grade 11 or 12: BCIS II - Business Computer Information Systems II (ACIS-TP or ABCIS2-TP) (BCIS I is a required prerequisite)

The student is eligible for college credit for Computer Applications I for BCIS I because the student took the last course in a required sequence (ACIS-TP or ABCIS2-TP) in grades 11 or 12.  The student is also eligible for college credit for one of several possible college courses listed in the crosswalk that are equivalent to BCIS II.

 

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