Articulation agreements are formal agreements between two institutions. They define how courses completed at one institution can satisfy a subject matter requirement at another college or university for the purposes of admission, transferable units, general education or major preparation.

The articulation process is to ensure that the classes you take at Cañada College will be credited toward your bachelor's degree requirements after you enroll at a university.

Articulation Agreements are divided into 4 types:

  • General articulation when the universities are accepting courses for baccalaureate credit
  • General Education –Breadth Agreement
  • Course to course – this is to identify equivalency of a specific course from sending institution (Cañada College) to a receiving institution.
  • Lower division major preparation agreements - this is to identify a group of courses at sending institution (Cañada College) that can fulfill the lower division course requirements for a major at a receiving institution.

Articulation Agreement with CSU and UC Campuses

The Articulation Agreements between community Colleges and CSU and UC campuses are published in How to use Assist is available on-line, and on a brochure.

Course Identification Numbering System - (CID)

The Course Identification Numbering system, or C-ID, is a mechanism for identifying comparable courses and facilitating articulation by giving common numbers to community college transferrable courses. Each C-ID number identifies a lower-division, transferable course commonly articulated between the California Community Colleges and universities (including Universities of California, the California State Universities, as well as with many of California's independent colleges and universities).

To assign the C-ID number to a course, intersegmental discipline faculty develops a "Course Descriptor", and all Course Outline of Records (COR) at all community colleges will be compared with "Course Descriptor". Once they are matched, the course will be assigned a C-ID number.   In short, C-ID is a method for facilitating articulation, and it is simultaneously a system of providing a common number to comparable courses.

Articulation Agreement with Private Universities

There are not system-wide Articulation Agreements between community colleges and private universities. However, some of them may have established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California Community College System Office that grant credits for all associate degree applicable courses. Some of them may also have established Transfer Agreements with individual community colleges in making the transfer process easier for students.

In the absence of formal articulation agreements, private universities may review and evaluate students' transcripts course-to-course and may give them credit as appropriate.

The following are some of the agreements with California private universities:

Articulation with out-of-state universities

There are no formal articulation agreements with out-of state universities, however, like private universities in California, some of them have developed agreements with individual campuses or have a general agreement to accept credits from California Community Colleges.

The following are some of the agreements with out-of state Colleges and Universities:

Arizona State University

Gonzaga University – Washington State

Northern Arizona University 

Palmer College of Chiropractic: Pre-Chiropractic Curriculum

University of Arizona - Transfer Credits and Articulation Agreements

University of Hawaii, Hilo

University of Hawaii, Manoa

University of Nevada Reno - Course equivalency

Washington State University

Please note that it is the receiving institution's right whether to credit students for courses completed at another institution.

Related links:

College catalogs – California Community Colleges

San Jose State University Articulation page