Baltimore City Community College
Office of Special Projects, Articulations and Partnerships
The Office of Special Projects, Articulations and Partnerships (OSPAP) is dedicated to creating partnerships with other schools by forming alignments and articulations. These alignment and articulation agreements are designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school to Baltimore City Community College and from Baltimore City Community College to four-year institutions.
What is Articulation?
Articulation is the process of developing a formal, written agreement that identifies courses (or sequences of courses) of a "sending" campus that are comparable to, or acceptable in lieu of, specific course requirements at a "receiving" campus.
For High School students, "Articulation" is a process that enables students to make a smooth transition from high school to Baltimore City Community College without delay, duplication of courses or loss of semester credits with the student receiving credit for high school courses to apply solely towards a certificate or associates degree at Baltimore City Community College.
For Baltimore City Community College students "Articulation" is a process that enables students to make a smooth transition from Baltimore City Community College associate degree programs to a baccalaureate program. This means that Baltimore City Community College graduates will be accorded full junior standing at one of many articulating colleges and universities. Other options include online programs and international programs.
It is important to note that articulated courses are not to be construed as "equivalent" but rather as comparable to, or acceptable in lieu of each other. The content of the courses on the respective campuses is such that successful completion of the course on one campus assures the necessary background, instruction, and preparation to enable the student to progress to the next level of instruction at another college.
The course outline of record serves as the basis for most articulation, although the agreement can sometimes be obtained through faculty-to-faculty dialogue and submission of supplemental materials such as syllabi, student portfolios, and other documentation.
Goals of the Office of Special Projects, Articulations and Partnerships:
The goal of articulation is to support transfer student success by:
Collaborating with the Student Success Center to ensure problem-free student transfer from one institution to another.
Providing transfer students being served by the Student Success Center with access to a baccalaureate degree granting institution by facilitating a seamless transition for students and course credits toward degree completion.
Providing accurate information on a timely basis to the Student Success Center to assist students in planning for transfer.
Keeping communication channels open among Baltimore City Community College and other academic institutions.
Collaborating with the Student Success Center to resolve transfer credit problems.
The Office of Special Projects, Articulations and Partnerships:
Coordinating program and course articulation between Baltimore City Community College, the Baltimore City Public School System, the University System of Maryland colleges, and independent and out-of-state institutions.
Providing leadership for the development and implementation of articulation agreements that support and further develop transfer and articulation activities.
Providing technical assistance to academic departments and the Student Success Center in the areas of articulation.
Serving as liaison with BCCC Student Success Center counselors/advisors, the community, Business Continuing Education Division (BCED), and colleges/universities to support the development of articulation agreements and transfer resources.
Serving as a resource to faculty in the development of curriculum regarding articulation of courses and transfer resolution.
Keeping abreast of proposed BCCC curriculum changes and state-wide articulation issues and activities.
Interpreting the impact of curricular changes of other institutions' requirements for transfer students by attending campus, regional, transfer/ student services events and statewide meetings.
The Office of Special Projects, Articulations and Partnerships will guide students to use the Student Success Center to:
Learn what classes you need to take to meet both general education and major requirements at your intended transfer school.
Outline a transfer preparation plan by utilizing transfer resources such as The Articulation System (ARTSYS)*, college and university representatives, college catalogs, transfer focused workshops, and other college preparatory internet resources.
Describe the academic standards and requirements needed for acceptance into the college or university of your choice as described in your individual transfer preparation plans.
The University System of Maryland Articulation System
ARTSYS is the University System of Maryland Articulation System that facilitates the "transfer of students from one institution of higher education to another." One of the components available in ARTSYS allows you to input transcript information from any Maryland community college, select a receiving institution and program of study, and receive an evaluation of how your Maryland community college credit could apply to the selected degree program. Although this is not an official evaluation, it can help you choose safe courses to take at another college until you are eligible for an official evaluation.
This powerful articulation system is now available online at ARTSYS. Once you have accessed ARTSYS, select Transcript Evaluations from the list of options, then type in your course information. That is all there is to evaluating your Maryland community college coursework. Check it out today!
Office of Special Projects, Articulations and Partnerships Operation Hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Main Administration Building, Room 212
Office: Main 212