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Pima County Community College District Regulation

Regulation Title: Secondary School Occupational Course Articulation
Regulation Number: 
Effective Date:  10/5/99
Approval Date: 10/5/99
Review Date(s):                   
Revision Date(s):   
Sponsoring Unit/Department: AVC, Educational Services
Board Policy Title & No.:  Assessment of Credit for Prior Learning, BP-3101
Legal Reference:  ARS 15-789 (Contractual agreements between school districts and colleges for articulation), ARS 15- 432 (Authority for Arizona public school districts and community colleges to enter into intergovernmental agreements)
Cross Reference: Transfer Students and Credit, BP-3111; Admissions, BP-3501; Official Student Records, BP-3502; Data and Information Sharing, BP-5602

I.   Purpose
This regulation sets forth the standards and framework upon which secondary school occupational course articulation will occur to demonstrate the College's commitment to providing appropriate credit to students who have attained occupational competencies during their attendance in a Pima County secondary school.  In some cases, this articulation opportunity will also be provided to Arizona secondary schools outside of Pima County.  Through a standardized procedure for occupational course articulation, the College will provide enrolled students with the opportunity to articulate credits into occupational programs.

II.  Policy of Nondiscrimination
It is the policy of Pima County Community College District to comply with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and disability.  No qualified person will, by reason of disability, be denied access to, participation in, or benefits of any program, activity, or service offered by the College.

III.     Responsible Parties
Pima County Community College District has instituted a mechanism consisting of appointed personnel who have direct service, coordination, negotiation, approval and/or monitoring responsibilities for activities and services related to evaluating course competencies, approving course competencies, and recording student credit hours for secondary school occupational course articulation.

A.   The Office of the Chancellor delegates through the Senior Vice Chancellor for Educational Planning and Development to the Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Educational Services, the responsibility for implementing a standardized and uniform procedure for evaluating and recording student credit hours earned through occupational course articulation.

B.   The Office of Occupational Education, under the direct supervision of the Director of Occupational Education, is responsible for ensuring appropriate credit is provided to eligible students who request occupational course articulation when enrolling.

C.   The Division Dean or designee for a single-campus program or the Chair of the relevant College Discipline Area Committee (CDAC) for a multi-campus program, along with the Lead Faculty Member(s) and any invited faculty, are responsible for reviewing, negotiating and recommending approval or disapproval of the articulation agreement.

D.   Each campus Dean of Instruction or chief academic officer is responsible for resolving disputes involving the implementation of an articulation agreement at the campus.  The Office of Educational Services, in conjunction with the Office of Occupational Education, will assist in resolving disputes between a PCC campus and the secondary school district.

E.   The College Registrar is responsible for ensuring that credit hours approved through the secondary school articulation process are appropriately recorded on eligible students' records and transcripts.  The College Registrar is also responsible for ensuring that there is no charge for college credit awarded through these agreements.

F.    Intercampus coordination of secondary school articulation agreements and Secondary School District communication is provided by the Director of the Office of Occupational Education.

G.   The Senior Vice Chancellor for Educational Planning and Development delegates to the AVC for Educational Services final approval for any articulation agreements entered into by the College District and a School District.

H.   The AVC for Educational Services delegates to the Director of Occupational Education, the overall responsibility for monitoring and reporting the College's activities and efforts related to secondary school articulation.

IV.  Students Eligible for Participation
Those applicants who attend or have attended a high school in Pima County, or selected secondary schools in surrounding counties, who have completed approved course competencies for course equivalency, and who are enrolling in Pima Community College, may make known their desire to articulate course credits at the time of enrollment.  In order to be eligible, the applicant must have a signed Student Articulation Agreement Form which includes the name of the student and the student's social security number, the name and course number of the Pima College course under which the competencies are being articulated, the signature of the high school instructor who verified the competency level of the student, and the date that the high school instructor signed the Student Articulation Agreement Form.  The student is eligible for articulated credit for two years from the date on the Articulation Agreement Form or from his/her graduation date.

V.   Review and Approval of Articulation Agreements
High schools interested in participating in the articulation process will follow the standard procedure outlined in the "Secondary School Occupational Course Articulation" Standard Practice Guide (SPG-3101/BA) and will utilize the forms and formats included in the Secondary School Articulation Procedure Manual.  Articulation agreement requests will be accepted by the Office of Occupational Education by February 1st and October 1st of each year.

Each high school articulation agreement, once approved, must be reviewed and renegotiated at least once every two years or when there have been substantial course competency changes by either the high school or the College.

VI.  Desired Outcomes
It is the desire of the AVC for Educational Services and the Director of Occupational Education that an eligible student who participates in the secondary school articulation process is encouraged to continue in a selected occupational course of study at Pima Community College, and will successfully achieve certification or the appropriate degree associated with the course of study within a reasonable amount of time.

The intent and expectations of secondary school articulations include: (1) awarded credit may expedite the completion of a Pima College credential, and (2) the high schools will be able to better prepare students for success in Pima Community College programs.