The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA)
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What is the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement?
The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) is a pact between North Carolina's university system and its community colleges that provides smooth transfer of students between the two systems. Students can transfer individual courses, the 44-hour general education core, or the completed associate degree.
The CAA provides certain assurances to the transferring student:
Which Schools Honor the CAA?
All 16 UNC-System universities are part of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement:
What is the Transfer Assured Admissions Policy (TAAP)?
The CAA assures admission to one of the 16 UNC institutions with the following stipulations:
If a student is denied admission to a UNC institution, then he or she will receive a letter from that institution directing the student to the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) web site. At the CFNC web site (CFNC.org), the student will be presented with the conditions of the TAAP, and if these conditions are met, the student will be given information regarding space availability and contacts within the UNC system. The student should contact those institutions to get specific information about admissions and available majors.
In the rare instance that the previous steps do not result in admission to a UNC institution, then the student should contact the CFNC Resource Center at 1-866-866-CFNC.
The TAAP policy does not apply to the private colleges and universities that are part of the CAA.
What about the transfer of the Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree?
The Associate in Fine Arts degree is designed to transfer in Bachelor of Fine Arts programs (BFA). The community college student in an AFA program who satisfactorily completes with a grade of C or better all courses designed for college transfer will receive credit for these courses. However, all UNC-System universities do not have BFA degrees and so may transfer AFA courses as elective credits. Because the AFA curriculum standard includes only 28 SHC for general education, AFA students who transfer must meet the general education requirements of the receiving university.
Universities may require additional courses to meet the admissions criteria for schools of art or music or to be considered a junior in a BFA program.
What about the transfer of Applied Science (AAS) and General Education degrees?
The best choice for a smooth articulation with the university is an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree. Applied Science or General Education degrees have different mixes of general education, elective and major courses, which make them less easy to articulate with senior-level institutions. Students who complete Applied Science and General Education degrees do transfer but that is not the intent of these programs. And again, the articulation is not as smooth as with AA and AS degrees.
Do Private Colleges and Universities Have an Articulation Agreement?
As of July 2008, 24 private schools in North Carolina have signed their own Articulation Agreement with the NCCCS: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Bennett College for Women, Brevard College, Campbell University, Catawba College, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lees-McRae College, Livingstone College, Louisburg College (Two-year), Mars Hill College, Montreat College, Mount Olive College, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Peace College, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Saint Augustine's College, Shaw University, Warren Wilson College, and Wingate University.
What are the Minimum Course Requirements (MCRs) and how do they affect my transfer to a university?
These high school requirements are established to ensure that freshmen and transfer students have a strong chance of completing a baccalaureate degree at UNC-System universities.
To be considered for admission to UNC-System universities, students under the age of 24 must meet the minimum course requirements for the year of their high school graduation, as established by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina system. Applicants who are at least 24 years of age may be exempted from the minimum course requirements.
For high school graduates of 2003 or earlier:
Meeting the MCR Requirements
Students less than 24 years of age who have not completed the high school MCRs can meet these requirements in three ways:
More detail about the CAA and the MCRs as well as links to all colleges and universities endorsing the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement can be found on the UNC-System website.