Senate Policy 06-20 Articulation Agreements
Articulation agreements among Penn State University and international partner institutions generate important educational and cultural opportunities. Senate Policy 06-20 and each of the AAPP A-11 steps apply to the development and approval of international articulation agreements. There are additional considerations. To assure timely, coordinated and sound articulations, all Penn State colleges must work directly with the University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) throughout the development process.
University Office of Global Programs Consultation:
Unlike the AAPP A-11 policies and procedures for domestic articulations, colleges interested in developing an accreditation agreement with an international partner must initiate consultation with the University Office of Global Programs prior to submitting an ACUE prospectus. International articulation prospectuses require the signature of UOGP as well as the signature of the associate dean of the submitting college.
UOGP will assist the submitting college in identifying issues inherent in international agreements. A key element, for example, involves the evaluation of potential international partners to determine institutional quality, local standing, and academic compatibility with Penn State. Toward this end, UOGP works with the Undergraduate Admissions Office to provide a reliable assessment. Evidence, such as written email consultation between the college and UOGP of this assessment, must be included as part of the University Articulation Proposal. A proposal also should include other evidence and or narrative that establishes a partner institution's compatibility with Penn State, such as prior working relationships and standing in the relevant disciplinary field.
Additionally, UOGP works closely with the Office of Risk Management on issues of safety and security. Evidence of consultation with Risk Management also must be included as part of the University Articulation Proposal.
UOGP maintains a collection of Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Articulation templates appropriate for use with international partners. Colleges should work closely with UOGP in developing each articulation agreement memorandum.
Change of Major:
Students admitted to Penn State through the International Articulation process are expected to work toward the degree identified in the articulation agreement. On occasion, students discover after arrival that a different major, either within the same college or in another college, would be more appropriate for their interest. These students may change majors, but must first obtain approval from the associate dean of the college or colleges involved and must alert the UOGP.
Proposing colleges must provide a second copy of the articulation proposal and draft of the Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Articulation to the Senate. The Senate will secure, in addition to an expedited review and recommendations from the Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid (ARSSA), an expedited review and recommendations from the Senate Committee on Global Programs. The Senate will forward its recommendations to the proposing unit. The Office of Undergraduate Education will not begin a review of the proposal and draft Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Articulation prior to receiving the Senate's expedited review recommendations from the Senate Committee on Global Programs.
In addition to the required signatures noted in AAPP A-11, each Memorandum of Agreement with an international partner must include the signature of the vice provost for global programs.
Approved: ACUE (10-6-11)