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Articulations are formal signed agreements that establish expectations and procedures between Penn State University and another university, college or educational institution to enable students to complete their academic work at Penn State and to earn a Penn State degree. The implementing document is referred to as a Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Articulation. Articulation agreements, both global and domestic, are established by University Faculty Senate Policy 06-20 and implemented through AAPP A-11. The executive vice president and provost maintains authority for administratively authorizing, extending, and terminating articulation agreements. The Office of the Vice President for Undergraduate Education serves as the provost's signatory agent.

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.

All requests to establish, renew, or terminate articulation prospectuses, proposals and agreements must be initiated by the appropriate office of a degree-granting unit.

The articulation process involves several components, including:

International articulations are subject to procedures and sign-offs in addition to those required for domestic agreements and require close collaboration with Penn State University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) throughout the process. Colleges interested in developing an accreditation agreement with an international partner must initiate consultation with the UGOP 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. International agreement proposals also will be copied to the University Office of Global Programs.

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.

New Undergraduate Articulation Agreements: