Dear High School Teacher or Administrator,
Thank you for your interest in the credit by articulation process between your high school and Pasadena City College. Although a Superintendent or Curriculum Coordinator must sign off on an articulation agreement, the work of establishing articulation is a faculty to faculty process. Articulation programs allow local community college faculty to work with you in providing college level instruction and credit for your students. Articulation agreements are a joint process: both community college faculty and high school teachers come together to develop a program that is at a level both parties can agree on.
At the end of the process, a high school course has been confirmed to be as rigorous and challenging as one taught at the college and to merit advanced placement and/or credit at that college. High school students are more likely to pursue an educational pathway in college if they have already made progress in it at their high school. Thus, articulation agreements put you and community college faculty on the same team.
Please note that an articulated high school course, while reviewed as comparable by college faculty, is still not fully equivalent to a college course in a few significant ways. Degree-applicable, transfer-level college courses have required levels of reading, writing, and computational skills above that required for high school courses, and university-transferable college course have even higher standards. In addition, college faculty have minimum qualifications beyond that required for high school teachers. These standards and qualifications are in place to assure students that the college courses they take meet the rigorous requirements of four-year universities (in the case of transfer courses). For these reasons, high school articulation is not utilized to give credit for transfer-level college courses.
For more information on high school CTE articulations, please visit the State Wide Pathways webpage.
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