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Considering the Implications of Transfer Agreements

A transfer agreement creates an opportunity for student mobility. However, there may be situations in which student mobility may have a negative effect on student enrollment numbers or course availability at the sending institution. For example, if students at the sending institution transfer to other institutions to take courses or programs that the sending institution also offers, decreased student demand for those courses or programs may make it difficult for the sending institution to continue offering them.

TCPs and/or ICCs may wish to collaborate with program administrators and other institutional staff such as advisors to develop a policy for when the institution will or will not request articulations. A business case model, identifying the potential impact of a transfer agreement in such areas as program or course offerings, potential  numbers of students leaving or entering the institution in the relevant program, and staffing and resource implications, may be useful in making such decisions.