Belk Center Research Staff Author New Report: “The Role of North Carolina’s Comprehensive Articulation Agreement in Transfer Efficiency”

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A new report from Rachel Worsham, Melissa Whatley, Renee Barger, and Audrey J. Jaeger, research staff in the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, explores the ramifications of the 2014 revised Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between North Carolina Community Colleges and University of North Carolina System institutions. Specifically, the report explores the impact of the revised articulation agreement on three key indicators of transfer student success: bachelor’s degree completion, time to degree, and excess credit accumulation. This report focuses attention on outcomes for students who earned Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degrees at their community college prior to transfer, as the articulation agreement revisions impacted this group of students the most.

Key findings of the report include:

  • The 2014 Comprehensive Articulation Agreement increased the likelihood of bachelor’s degree completion between 5-13% among AA/AS degree earners.
  • The policy revisions were associated with a 11-27% decrease in excess credit accumulation for AA/AS earners.
  • After the 2014 revisions to the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, AA/AS degree earners were enrolled between half a semester to a full semester longer at their UNC transfer institution.

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