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The purpose of an articulation agreement is to allow students to complete an associate degree program and transfer to a related bachelor’s degree program with a minimum loss of credit and duplication of coursework. Many Eastern Michigan University programs have articulation agreements with community college programs. Most of them use the MACRAO agreement to meet general education requirements at EMU. Every articulation agreement includes an articulation agreement guide, which lays out the specific courses to take in order to complete both the associate degree and bachelor's degree programs. The guide also lists other types of requirements and provides information about who to contact at EMU and the Community College. Students should meet with a program advisor early in their studies.
Transfer guides list the EMU courses and equivalent community college courses that meet EMU’s general education requirements for specific majors or programs at EMU. There is no relationship to community college programs or requirements. Students who want to complete an associate degree will need to consult their community college catalog for community college program requirements.
MACRAO stands for the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. It is an organization made up of professionals in these areas from institutions of higher education throughout the state of Michigan. Its mission is “to provide for an exchange of information concerning issues of interest to its members and to contribute to the advancement of education in Michigan.” The organization has had several major accomplishments related to transfer students. These include the implementation of the MACRAO agreement, the formation of the Michigan Transfer Network, and involvement with the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), called for by the Michigan state legislature in 2012.
MACRAO Transfer Guides
MACRAO Transfer Guides list community college courses and the equivalent EMU courses that can be used to satisfy the MACRAO Agreement. Students should obtain the program requirements for their intended major before selecting courses from the guide, since some courses may be used to meet both a general education requirement and a program/major requirement. Students should meet with a program advisor before selecting courses.
Eastern Michigan University is a signatory of the (Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) MACRAO agreement. This agreement facilitates the transfer of general education credit from Michigan community colleges to baccalaureate colleges and universities. The MACRAO agreement applies only to general education and does not exempt students from meeting the specific requirements of their program major.
In 2012, the Michigan state legislature called for improvements in the transferability of core college courses by revising the previously existing MACRAO agreement. A representative statewide committee developed and is implementing the MTA for a Fall 2014 launch. In essence, the MTA allows for the transfer of 30 credits of core college courses in English/Communications, Social Sciences, Humanities/Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics as long as a student has earned a 2.0 or higher in the courses. Students may complete the MTA as part of an associate’s degree or as a stand-alone package at a Michigan community college.
The Michigan Transfer Network is a centralized, web-based system that allows students to search course equivalencies among all Michigan colleges and universities. The site is sponsored by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (MACRAO) and generously supported by Michigan State University (MSU).