Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute has articulation agreements with various colleges and universities to provide our students the opportunity to transfer to another institution upon completing their associate's degree.

The University of North Carolina System

The North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (NCCAA) is a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between N. C. community colleges and N. C. public universities and has as its objective the smooth transfer of students. Learn more about the NCCAA at our NCCAA FAQ page.

North Carolina community college students who earn an associate's degree according to the guidelines of the CAA will be treated as juniors at the receiving UNC institution. Students graduating from North Carolina community colleges under the guidelines of the CAA will have 64-semester hours of credit transferred to the UNC institution to which they are admitted. Because UNC institutions differ in their admission requirements, students intending to transfer should contact the UNC institution(s) of their choice to learn about specific admissions requirements.

Use the links below to learn more about transferring to one of the University of North Carolina institutions.

The University of North Carolina - Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree

The Uniform Articulation Agreement promotes educational advancement opportunities for registered nurses moving between North Carolina community colleges and the constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina in order to complete Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.

This Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Articulation Agreement (RN to BSN AA) is between the State Board of North Carolina Community Colleges and The University of North Carolina Board of Governors. It applies to all NC community colleges that operate associate degree nursing programs and to those constituent institutions of the The University of North Carolina (listed below) that operate RN to BSN Programs.

The RN to BSN Articulation Agreement was approved the State Board of Community Colleges and the UNC Board of Governors in February 2015.

Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts to Bachelor of Fine Arts (AFAVA to BFA)

The Uniform Articulation Agreement focuses on seamless transfer for students who begin visual arts studies at a community college and then transfer to one of the University of North Carolina Bachelor of Fine Arts/Visual Arts programs.

The Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts to Bachelor of Fine Arts (AFAVA to BFA) agreement is made between the State Board of the North Carolina Community College System and The University of North Carolina Board of Governors

Associate in Fine Arts in Music to Bachelor of Music (AFAM to BM)

The Uniform Articulation Agreement focuses on seamless transfer for students who begin music studies at a community college and then transfer to one of the University of North Carolina Bachelor of Music programs. The Associate in Fine Arts in Music to Bachelor of Music agreement is made between the State Board of the North Carolina Community College System and The University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Articulation Agreement is a statewide academic progression agreement that will promote educational advancement opportunities for early childhood education (ECE) students matriculating from the North Carolina Community College System to the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina in order to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Birth-Kindergarten teaching licensure program or a Bachelor’s Degree in a related Early Education non-licensure program.

AAS Partnerships

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees, with the exception of those programs that fall under a statewide "Universal Articulation Agreement,” are often comprised of technical courses that do not transfer easily to the university setting. Because of the specific technical nature of some courses, colleges and universities need to review and approve such technical credit for transfer. Some colleges and universities will award credit through means of a bilateral agreement while others may allow more liberal transfer of credit in accordance with their respective departmental policies. The programs listed below have historically transferred a number of technical credits (up to 60 credits in some cases), over to the specific university program indicated.

For programs not listed below, please contact a departmental representative at the college or university to which you are applying. An added benefit is that most of the programs listed below are offered online or at a satellite campus convenient to CCC&TI.

Accounting and Finance AAS

Business Administration AAS

Early Childhood Education AAS (new Universal Articulation Agreement)

  • Appalachian State University – Birth to Kindergarten
  • Western Carolina University – Birth to Kindergarten

Electronics Engineering Technology AAS

Hospitality Management AAS

Industrial Systems Technology Machining Processes or Mechatronics Track AAS

Information Technology Networking and Cyber Security Track AAS

Mechanical Engineering Technology AAS

Speech and Language Pathology Assistant AAS

Various AAS programs

Other Partnerships

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute has articulation agreements with the following private institutions. Use the links below to learn more about transferring to one of these institutions.

UNC Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Frequently Ask Questions

Between the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System

What is the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement?

The North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) is a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between N. C. community colleges and N. C. public universities and has a its objective the smooth transfer of students. The board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and the N. C. State Board of Community Colleges has approved this agreement. The CAA provides certain assurance to the transferring student; for example the CAA identifies community college courses that are appropriate for transfer as electives. Courses that will satisfy pre-major and general education requirements are also specified. The most recent revision of the CAA occurred February 21, 2014. Students who started programs prior to this date should be sure to discuss pre-existing academic plans with an advisor.

North Carolina community college students who earn an associate's degree according to the guidelines of the CAA will be treated as juniors at the receiving UNC institution.

Students graduating from North Carolina community colleges under the guidelines of the CAA will have 60-semester hours of credit transferred to the UNC institution to which they are admitted. Because UNC institutions differ in their admission requirements, students intending to transfer should contact the UNC institution(s) of their choice to learn about specific admissions requirements.

What is a college transfer program?

A college transfer program is a set of courses that has been designed to transfer to most four-year colleges and universities in North Carolina. It represents the fundamental foundation for academic success. The set of courses includes a 31-34 semester hour Universal General Education Transfer Component and additional general education, pre-major, and elective courses that combine to earn either the Associate in Arts (A. A.) or the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree.

What is the Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)?

The latest revision of the CAA identifies a set of courses which are universally transferable to all UNC institutions as part of the Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC). Some UGETC courses can be taken as part of the A. A. degree, while others are aligned with the A. S. degree. Still others will apply to both the A. A. and the A. S. If a student obtains a C or above in a UGETC course, then transferability of that specific course is guaranteed, regardless of whether or not the student completes the transfer degree.

The A. A. degree requires the following UGETC credits:

English Composition 6 S. H.
Humanities / Fine Arts 9 S. H.
Social / Behavioral Sciences  9 S. H.
Mathematics 3-4 S. H.
Natural Sciences 4 S. H.
Total UGETC 31-32 S. H.

Note: An additional 27-29 hours of general education electives and pre-major courses, plus ACA 122, are required to complete the A. A.

The A. S. degree requires the following UGETC credits:

English Composition 6 S. H.
Humanities / Fine Arts 6 S. H.
Social / Behavioral Sciences 6 S. H.
Mathematics 8 S. H.
Natural Sciences 8 S. H.
Total UGETC 34 S. H.

Note: An additional 25-26 hours of general education electives and pre-major courses, plus ACA 122, are required to complete the A. S.

Is it necessary to finish the UGETC courses or a degree before transferring to a university?

It is not necessary to complete either the UGETC courses or the degree before transferring. However, successful completion of the degree affords the student certain additional protections and benefits such as Transfer Assured Admissions eligibility. The UGETC courses will help satisfy General Education Requirements at the 16 NC public universities, but may not complete Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) for admission. Students planning to transfer to a senior institution without completing a transfer degree should consult heavily with CCC&TI's Academic Advising Center and with an admissions representative of the senior institution.

Is admission to a UNC institution guaranteed?

Yes, the CAA includes a Transfer Assured Admissions Policy (TAAP), which assures admission to at least one of the 16 UNC institutions with the following stipulations:

  • Admission is not assured to a specific campus or specific program or major.
  • Students must have graduated from a NC community college with an A. A. or A. S. degree.
  • Students must meet all requirements of the CAA.
  • Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the college from which they graduated, and a grade of "C" or better in all CAA courses.
  • Students must be academically eligible for re-admission to the last institution attended.
  • Students must meet judicial requirements of the institution to which they applied.
  • Students must meet all application requirements at the receiving institution including the submission of all required documentation by stated deadlines.

How do the UNC Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) apply to transfer students?

Transfer students will be considered to have satisfied the UNC Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) in effect at the time of their graduation from high school if they have:

  • received the A. A., the A. S., the baccalaureate or any higher degree, or
  • completed at least six semester hours in degree-credit in each of the following subjects: English, mathematics, the natural sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and (for students who graduate from high school in 2003-04 and beyond) a second language.

Does the CAA apply to private colleges and universities?

A number of NC private colleges and universities endorse the CAA. This list is constantly being updated. To verify an institution's acceptance of the CAA, you may contact the admissions office of the private institution or consult the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities website.

What courses will transfer to UNC institutions?

The North Carolina Community College Combined Course Library lists courses that have been approved for transfer to the constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina. Transferring students must have earned a grade of "C" or better in a course in order to get transfer credit for the course.

See Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Appendix G for Transfer Course List

Will "D" or "F" grades transfer?

No, under the CAA, only courses in which a grade of "C" or higher is earned will transfer

How many semester hours will transfer?

If a student transfers to a University of North Carolina institution under the statewide CAA, 60-61 semester hours will transfer. The student should consult an academic advisor since special program articulations may exist between community college and four-year colleges or universities in North Carolina or elsewhere that may permit the transfer of additional credit hours.

Information Credited To:
www.nccommunitycolleges.edu
www.northcarolina.edu

Your Rights Under the N. C. Comprehensive Articulation Agreement

Provisions of House Bill 739 and Senate Bill 1161 (1995 Session of the General Assembly)

If you are pursuing the Associate in Art or Associate in Science degrees, you can expect the following when you transfer:

  1. If you transfer courses without completing the general education core: All courses, which are identified for transfer, will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis using the general education requirements of the university or college to which you are transferring. Transferable CCC&TI courses which do not meet a general education requirement of the university or college will be transferred as electives. (A listing of Electives for College Transfer Programs can be found in the CCC&TI Catalog.) It is important to note that the general education core for which you are held accountable will be that of the university and not CCC&TI's.
  2. If you complete the 44 SHC general education core: Completion of our 44 SHC general education core allows you to transfer with general education complete with the following exceptions:
    • You may be required to complete the university's physical education requirement as a junior or senior. These credits will be taken from your electives at the university.
    • You may need to take two semesters of a foreign language so as to meet the university's requirement if you did not do so in your general education core at CCC&TI it is, therefore, wise to take a foreign language as part of your CCC&TI humanities requirement in order to make sure that you will not have to do this at the university.
    • You may be required to take one or more upper division general education classes at the university. If you complete the 64 SHC Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree: Completion of either of these degrees gives you junior status and 64 transferable credits. That is important to you because many universities have 120 credit bachelor's degrees, and they require 50 percent of the work to be done there. By completing our degree they must, by law, transfer 64 and not 60 credits of the 120 credit hour bachelor's degree, leaving you with 56 credits to complete at the university.

The guidelines of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) are void if:

  1. You have transfer credit from a college/university that does not endorse the CAA
  2. You have credit based on quarter hours
  3. You are using CLEP credit as part of your degree program

If any of these exceptions apply to you, then your CCC&TI work will be evaluated on a course by-course basis, using the university or college's general education requirements.

It is important that you know your rights under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement so that you can be sure you will receive the credits you deserve when you transfer! If you have questions while at CCC&TI or even after transferring to a College or University, please feel free to call CCC&TI's Academic Advising Center @ 828.726.2746.

Information Credited To: Dr. Dennis King, VP Student Services, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Contacts

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Shannon Brown
Director

Counseling & Advisement Services
Student Services
Caldwell - F - 149
828.726.2288
csbrown@cccti.edu
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Amy Mace
Administrative Assistant

Counseling and Advisement Services
Student Services
Caldwell - F
828.726.2746
agantt@cccti.edu
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