Statewide Guaranteed Transfer of an Associate Degree

Transfer and Articulation

Statewide Guaranteed Transfer of an Associate Degree

February 2020


Statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree: Guarantees students who are awarded an associate degree before transfer to a four-year institution can transfer all of their credits to the four-year institution and enter at the junior-standing level. The majority of policies state that students are not required to complete any further general education courses.
 

Yes/No Description Citation
Alabama No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree.
Alaska No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however, the policy says institutions are "encouraged" to develop degree programs that build upon a student's prior experience. This is not mandating guaranteed transfer of an associate. Board Policy 10.04.064
Arizona No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however AZ Transfer pathways offers guaranteed transfer of some associate degrees, but it is not "statewide".
Arkansas Yes Created the statewide transfer agreement. State minimum core curriculum means 60 semester hours of lower-division coursework that satisfy the requirements of an associate of arts/science/teaching and selected baccalaureate degrees at all public institutions. Requires a four-year public institution to admit a transfer student to junior status in a baccalaureate degree program if the student completed a transfer degree or state minimum core curriculum. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-61-231
California No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however, there is a policy only impacting the CSU and community college systems. Six institutions in the University of California system currently offer guaranteed admission for qualified students, as the result of a MOU between the University of California system and the community college system signed in 2018. Cal. Educ. Code § 66747
Colorado Yes The CCHE must establish and enforce statewide degree transfer agreements between two-year and four-year institutions. Statewide degree transfer agreements must include provisions under which state institutions must accept all credit hours of acceptable coursework for automatic transfer from an associate of arts or science degree program. Students must be enrolled at junior status and will not be required to complete any additional courses to fulfill general education requirements. Colo. Rev. Stat. § 23-1-108
Connecticut No Does not have a statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however, requires a common lower-division core and guaranteed transfer of an associate's degree with all community colleges and the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities. This does not include the UCONN system. The UCONN system has an agreement with the community colleges but only for three major areas. CSCU Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation Policy
Delaware No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however, Delaware State University allows an associate degree to transfer from selected two-year institutions. Delaware Tech also has articulation agreements for certain associate degrees that will guarantee transfer.
Florida Yes The State Board of Education and the Board of Governors must enter into a statewide articulation agreement. The articulation agreement must specifically provide that every associate in arts graduate will have met all general education requirements and must be granted admission to the upper division of a state university or Florida College System institution. Fla. Stat. § 1007.23
Georgia Yes Associate of arts and associate of science degrees are primarily intended to be transfer degrees leading to a bachelor's degree. All degrees consist of 60 semester hours including the 42 core curriculum and 18 of lower division requirements related to a bachelor's degree. All associate of science degrees offered by the TCSG institutions must have articulation agreements with the USG. Board Policy 3.8.2 and 3.3.5.1
Hawaii Yes Completing an associate of arts from a UHCC fulfills admission and lower division general education core requirements at all UH baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. System Policy E5.209
Idaho Yes Students who complete requirements for an associate of arts or associate of science at a regionally accredited postsecondary institution in Idaho will be considered as satisfying the general education requirement upon transfer to a four-year public institution in Idaho and will not be required to complete any additional general education requirements. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-3729
Illinois Yes Beginning in the 2016-17 academic year a community college student who earns an associate degree for transfer (associate of arts or associate of science) that is consistent with degree requirements of the Illinois Community College Board and the Board of Higher Education and aligned with the policies and procedures of the Illinois Articulation Initiative, is deemed eligible for transfer into the baccalaureate program of a State university if the student meets requirements of the transfer degree and major-specific prerequisites and obtains a minimum GPA of 2.0. Student transfers in at junior status if they meet all requirements, completed all lower-division prerequisites and meets admission requirements. Students do not need to complete more than 60 additional credits at the four-year institution. 110 ILCS 150/10 et seq
Indiana Yes Requires each educational institution to create a single articulation pathway for programmatic areas in which significant numbers of students may first obtain an associate of science or associate of arts with the intent of obtaining a bachelor degree. The institutions must apply all the credits earned for the student's associate degree toward the related baccalaureate degree so that the student may begin the baccalaureate degree as a junior status student as long as it has been identified as a single articulation pathway program. Ind. Code § 21-42-6-4
Iowa Yes Requires the directors of each community college to enter into a collective statewide articulation agreement with the state board of regents to provide for seamless transfer of academic credits from a completed associate of arts or associate of science offered by a community college to a baccalaureate degree program offered by any institution governed by the state board of regents. Iowa Code § 260C.14-22
Kansas Yes All associate of applied science degrees can transfer as a block to articulated programs at community colleges, technical colleges and those universities that have program to program articulation. Credits can also transfer on a course-by-course basis. The policy refers to students transferring with completed associate of arts or associate of science degrees and these students will be given junior standing. Board Policy Ch. 3 Section 2
Kentucky Yes The Council on Postsecondary Education must facilitate the development and implementation of a statewide agreement for alignment of Kentucky Community and Technical College System lower-division associate of arts and associate of science coursework that must be accepted and fully credited to related bachelors degree programs. Guarantees that graduates of an associate of arts or associate of science program is deemed to have met all general education requirements. Students transferring are not required to complete any additional courses if completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree. These students also receive priority for admission over out-of-state students. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 164.2951
Louisiana Yes The Board of Regents must create statewide articulation agreements that guarantee that students who earned an associate of arts or associate of science and transfer to a four-year institution are deemed to have met all general education and other core curriculum requirements and must be admitted to the upper division of the four-year. If the associate of arts or associate of science degree is approved by the council for transfer the student is not required to take any additional general education courses. Students also receive priority admission over out-of-state students. La. Stat. Ann. § 17:3163
Maine Yes A person who earns an associate degree from the Maine Community College System must be allowed to transfer credits earned to the University of Maine System for use toward a baccalaureate degree. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 10907-A
Maryland Yes The Commission must develop and implement a statewide transfer agreement requiring at least 60 credits of general education, elective and major courses a student earns at a community college are transferable to any public institution for credit toward a bachelor's degree. Md. Code, Com. Law § 11-207
Massachusetts Yes A MOU between the presidents of Massachusetts' Community Colleges, State Universities, and the University of Massachusetts guarantees transfer of credit for students enrolled in one of the approved 16 pathways, admission and a tuition discount to a linked baccalaureate program. MOU
Michigan No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however, the Michigan Transfer Agreement allows for the transfer of a minimum of 30 credits at participating institutions. Board policy specifies that a receiving college or university is only required to accept courses defined within formal transfer agreements and Transfer Pathways that it has with a sending college or university.
Minnesota No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however, has a policy that applies only to the Minnesota State system and does not apply to all associate degrees. Board Policy 3.21, Part 6, Subpart D
Mississippi Yes IHL institutions will accept all transferable courses with a grade of "C" or higher completed as part of an associate degree. Once transferred, students can begin taking courses within a declared major or to fulfill prerequisites for a major. Board Policy Section 520
Missouri Yes The associate of arts degree is designed as a statewide general studies transfer degree. Students who complete the associate of arts degree will have completed a general education program that is consistent with the statewide general education policy which has a 42 semester hour block of courses. Depending on the courses taken and the bachelors degree they transfer to they could need to complete additional courses required for that major. Board Policy Section III
Montana No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however, policy specifies that the associate of arts and associate of science degrees are designed for transfer, but does not guarantee transfer of all 60 credits. Board Policy 301.12
Nebraska No Does not have a statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however, The Nebraska Transfer Initiative allows for the transfer of an associate degree. This is voluntary and not in policy.

The Nebraska State College system specifies that the completion of at least 30 credit hours of an associate of arts or an associate of science will fulfill the general studies requirements at a Nebraska State College.
Nevada Yes The completion of the associate of arts, associate of science and associate of business degree at a community college automatically fulfills the lower-division general education requirements at any other NSHE institution. Nev. Rev. Stat. 396.568 states that a student who completes an associate degree is deemed to have completed the course of study required of a sophomore and should enter at junior status. Board of Regents Title 4, Chapter 14, Section 15 and Nev. Rev. Stat. § 396.568
New Hampshire No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however there are articulation agreements among certain institutions in the state that allow students with 60 credits to enter a bachelor's program with junior status.
New Jersey Yes Each public institution must establish and enter into a collective statewide agreement providing seamless transfer of academic credits from a completed associate of arts or associate of science degree to a baccalaureate degree program. The agreement must include a list of general education core courses, policies and procedures for transfer and application of academic credits from a completed associate of arts or associate of science degree program to a baccalaureate program, policies and procedures for the implementation of an appeals process, policies and procedures for an annual review and update of the agreement and policies and procedures for data collection. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:62-46
New Mexico Yes The department shall develop and approve statewide meta-majors and transfer modules, as well as a statewide general education core curriculum. All courses within a transfer module are guaranteed to transfer to any New Mexico university and apply toward bachelor's degree program requirements. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 21-1B-3
New York No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however, both the SUNY and CUNY systems have transfer policies.
North Carolina Yes Students who graduate with a two-year associate of arts or associate of science degree are guaranteed admission to a four-year institution in the UNC system. Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and must meet all application requirements at the receiving institution. When students transfer they are guaranteed junior standing. Students are also assumed to have fulfilled the UNC lower-division general education requirements. Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Board Policy (mandated participation in 2013 with S.L. 2013-72)
North Dakota No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however, policy articulates 36 hours of general education requirements that apply to associate of arts, associate of science, and bachelor's degrees. Institutions may require additional institutional or program specific requirements, so the completion of an associate of arts or associate of science degree does not guarantee complete transfer or completion of general education requirements. Board Policy 403.7
Ohio Yes The chancellor must update and implement the policies and procedures established to ensure that any associate degree offered at a state institution may be transferred and applied to a bachelor degree program in an equivalent field at any other state institution without unnecessary duplication or institutional barriers. Ohio Rev. Code § 3333.16
Oklahoma Yes The policy states that if a student has completed an assocaite of arts or associate of science degree, the lower-division (freshman and sophomore) general education requirement of the baccalaureate degree shall be the responsibility of the institution awarding the associate degree. Board Policy 3.11.4
Oregon Yes Defines an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree as a state-approved associate degree that is intended to prepare students to transfer into upper division courses for a baccalaureate degree. Any student who earns an AAOT will have met the lower division general education requirements of any public university in Oregon. Students transfer with junior level status for registration purposes. Programs and majors may have additional requirements students need to meet. OAR 589-006-0050(5)
Pennsylvania Yes The Statewide Program-to-Program Articulation Agreements allow students at PA TRAC institutions to transfer from an associate's degree to a bachelor's degree in similar programs of study and enter with junior status. 24 P.S. § 20-2002-C
Rhode Island Yes The JAA allows students who start at CCRI to enroll in the agreement and be conditionally admitted to RIC or URI. Within this program a student must earn a 2.4 GPA and 60 credits that will be applied to a bachelor's degree. Joint Admissions Agreement (JAA)
South Carolina Yes Transfer blocks will be accepted in their totality toward meeting baccalaureate degree requirements at all four-year public institutions in relevant four-year degree programs. Any student who has completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree at any public two-year South Carolina institutions which contains the total coursework found in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences or the Science and Mathematics Transfer Block will automatically be entitled to junior-level status at whatever public senior institution they have been admitted to. South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Academic Transfer & Articulation Policy
South Dakota Yes Students who earned an associate of arts or associate of science degree from any Regental campus and transfers to another Regental campus will be deemed to have fulfilled the general education requirements. These students must fulfill all college, major, minor, certificate, and other degree requirements of the accepting campus. Board Policy 2:26
Tennessee Yes A student who earned an associate of arts or associate of science degree from a Tennessee community college is deemed to have met all general education and university parallel core requirements for transfer to a Tennessee public university as a junior. Admission to certain programs, schools or colleges within the university remain competitive. Tenn. Code. Ann. § 49-7-202(r)
Texas No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however, has Field of Study (FOS), which is a selection of lower-division courses that are guaranteed by state law to transfer and apply to a degree program. If a student takes the FOS classes and the Texas common core curriculum, they are considered to be finished with lower-division courses for the degree program at any Texas public institution. The state also has an Associate of the Arts in Teaching, which is designed to be entirely transferable to a baccalaureate program.
Utah Yes Institutions must enable community college students who fully complete an associate of arts or associate of science degree and a prescribed pre-major area to transfer with upper-division status to any USHE four-year institution without taking any lower-division pre-major courses at the receiving institution. Board Policy R470-7.2.2
Vermont No Does not have statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree; however, the state has a special transfer agreement between the Community College of Vermont and the Vermont State Colleges that allows CCV graduates to receive junior status at any Vermont State College.
Virginia Yes Transfer degrees offered by two-year colleges should be comprised of courses recognized as legitimate and equivalent to those offered at four-year institutions. Two-year colleges are responsible for creating courses and four-year institutions are responsible for recognizing those courses as equivalent. Students who have earned a recognized transfer associate degree should be considered to have met lower general education requirements at public four-year institutions. They should be considered to have attained junior standing. State Council of Higher Education for Virginia State Policy on College Transfer
Washington Yes A graduate of a community or technical college in this state who has earned a transferable associate of arts or sciences degree when admitted to a four-year institution of higher education shall have junior standing. A graduate who has earned the direct transfer associate of arts degree will be deemed to have met the lower division general education requirements of the receiving four-year institution of higher education. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28B.10.696
West Virginia Yes With the exception of those enrolling in specialized four-year programs, students completing two-year associate degrees at public institutions in the state are generally transferred in at the junior level status and be able to graduate with the same number of total credit hours as a non-transfer student. Procedural Rule 133-17-2.2d
Wisconsin Yes A student who has earned an associate degree containing those system-wide requirements from an institution in the University of Wisconsin System and transfers to another institution in the system will be considered as having fulfilled the general education distribution or breadth requirements of the university. Board Policy 4-4
Wyoming Yes Students who have completed an assocaite of arts, associate of science, or associate of business degree from a Wyoming Community College receive credit toward completion of the lower division general education requirements included in the University Studies Program with exception of the First-Year Seminar requirement. Graduates must have completed a minimum of 64 college-level credits with a minimum of 2.0 GPA. Wyoming Community College Articulation Agreement
Puerto Rico No Does not have guaranteed transfer of an associate degree.

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