Process for High School Articulation
What is Articulation?
Articulation is a planned process linking two or more
educational systems to help students make a smooth
transition from the secondary level of occupational and
educational experiences to the post-secondary level
without experiencing delay or duplication of learning.
Through this process, students move from one course,
program, or educational level to the next without loss
of time or resources. A guiding principle of articulation
is that no student should be required to repeat the same
course content for which credit was previously received.
This system will provide students with critical support
to make timely decisions. High school/ROP and
college classes require a great deal of time, money,
and effort. Student success depends on setting
educational goals so they can take the classes they need
without repetition. Each school/college should provide
information to students on courses/programs that have
How Does The Articulation Process Work?
An individual articulation agreement between any single
high school/ROP and college requires collaboration
between instructors at each school site. The efforts of
faculty members in aligning course objectives and
programs facilitates the smooth transition for students
in accomplishing their career goals. With agreements in
place, students can determine their options for continuing
Benefits of Articulation
Benefits of articulation include:
- Providing for student movement through the system without duplication
- Allowing for advancement using minimal dollars and time
- Facilitating partnerships and collaboration between high school/ROP, and Gavilan Community College
- Identifying current workforce needs to partners
- Strengthening and validating programs
- Facilitating student success in the workplace
- Promoting the achievement of student skill sets
Step #1: Each high school/ROP will identify programs and courses, which
have the potential for actual articulation agreements at Gavilan College. At this point Gavilan faculty and high school instructors
begin or continue their efforts to compare curricula and identify courses that meet the requirements of an articulation agreement. The Gavilan/High School ROP Articulation Form, Course-to-Course is used to list and certify required objectives and competencies included in the high school/ROP and college curriculum. Gavilan College and the participating high school will keep a copy of this completed form. (Curriculum that is being considered must be up-to-date with the Gavilan Curriculum Committee.) Per state mandates articulation agreement can occur on an annual basis but formal articulation is on a 3-year cycle. Courses not updated within this time frame will lose articulation status.
Step #2: Students must complete the Application for Articulated Gavilan College Credit Form (after successfully completing the articulated high school/ROP form. Students who have completed the course and met required course criteria will receive a Certificate of Articulated Course Completion.
The system will be most effective when all community college
System counselors and program personnel agree on a standardized
process – such as this – and recognize a standard certificate and
transcript designation. This designation indicates that a student
has passed an articulated course within a program and will receive
credit for that course at Gavilan College. Gavilan College
credit ("PASS" grading designation) will be awarded to students who complete the high school/ROP courses and meet the required course criteria.