Please Note:  The content of this guide has been updated and incorporated into the 2018 version of the How to Articulate Handbook. 

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When Not to Articulate

All member institutions in the BC Transfer System are now enabled to send and receive articulation requests. However, an institution can decide not to send or not to receive depending on its institutional mission or strategy or on the resources available to engage in articulation.

Programs designed for specific regional or student needs may not need to be articulated if there is minimal student interest in transferring credits elsewhere. The program or institution can decide not to articulate particular courses or programs, but such decisions need to consider that students, as well as institutions, can initiate articulation requests. Additionally, certain types of courses are generally not eligible for articulation, including secondary school courses, preparatory or upgrading courses, and practicum courses in some programs such as nursing.

Articulating courses gives students greater flexibility in meeting their program goals and can attract transfer students to an institution. While it is true that some students' goals might include leaving the institution, and the institution might thus lose enrolment and its associated funding, it is also true that articulating programs or courses may result in students across the system seeing the institution as a destination, with the program and institution gaining qualified and motivated students.

For more detail on this topic refer to the section on Using a Business Case to Plan Articulation Activities.