Welcome to Curriculum and Articulation

The Assessment, Program Review, Curriculum and Articulation office submits courses to the universities for evaluation, assists faculty in the design and updating of degree programs, trains staff in the various components of the 1999 Arizona Transfer Model and use of the state website, and is the contact for articulation of courses and programs with regionally accredited post-secondary institutions.

What you need to know?

Through the College's general education, students examine the connecting links between various disciplines and the relationships among areas of knowledge. They discover both the ordering power and the potential limitations of the fundamental models of understanding that have shaped thinking throughout the history of civilization. General education acknowledges the dependence of thought upon these models and judges them through comparison with alternative models from other thinkers and cultures.

Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)

There are three forms of the AGEC: AGEC-A (Arts) for those students majoring in the arts, humanities, or the social and behavioral sciences, AGEC-B (Business) for those students majoring in business, and AGEC-S (Science) for those students majoring in the physical and biological sciences or in the health related professions.

Awareness Areas (C,G, or H)

In addition to subject area requirements, the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) is designed to contribute to the development of an international perspective, an appreciation and awareness of cultural diversity, and an understanding of current human events by study of the past. These awareness areas are embedded into subject area courses listed within the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC). Students must complete at least one course which advances ethnic/race/gender, that is, a cultural (C) awareness, and one course which advances global (G) or historical (H) awareness.

 Writing Intensive (WI)/Critical Inquiry

Arizona Western College believes writing provides students a unique opportunity to learn disciplinary content while mastering writing skills. Writing Intensive (WI) courses at Arizona Western College integrate writing assignments in ways that help students learn both the subject matter of the courses and discipline-specific ways of thinking and writing. Writing Intensive courses help develop students’ identities as good writers by linking their writing proficiency with their desire to know more about the field of study, to engage in questions in the discipline, and to become a participant in academic discourse.

The prerequisite for courses meeting the Writing Intensive/Critical Inquiry component is ENG 101 completion with a C or better. Writing Intensive/Critical Inquiry courses are identified by a WI following the course title. WI courses are capped at a maximum of 20 students.

 

Curriculum Process

The Curriculum Committee (CC) recommends additions, deletions, and modifications of the College's academic curriculum. The curriculum is processed through the Arizona Curriculum Review and Evaluation System (ACRES).

In order to assure representation of college-wide interests and philosophy, specific entities are represented on the committee. Appointments represent the following entities: faculty members (representative of the academic divisions) the Vice President for Learning Services, the Director of Assessment, Program Review, Curriculum and Articulation, and a faculty member from NAU-Yuma as an ex-officio member.

Which Curriculum Form Should You Use?

The ACRES User Guide will help you find the correct from for your curricular changes. Don't guess and select the wrong form. Screen shots of the forms are included so you will know what information you will need before you begin filling out the form. AWC Curriculum Manual/ACRES User Guide

Other Curriculum Information...

If you are not sure who your Curriculum Committee representative is or how to create a program check sheet or course syllabus click on one of the links below. 

Articulation Agreement Guidelines

Responsibility

The Director of Assessment, Program Review, Curriculum and Articulation is responsible for formalizing, processing, and housing transfer and articulation agreements.

Purpose

Transfer and Articulation Agreements:

  • provide a written commitment of support to simplify the transfer process.
  • acknowledge transfer students have met certain competencies and therefore will not be required to repeat competencies already achieved.
  • allow the transfer of the Associate Degree and its elements.

Criteria

Criteria to establish transfer and articulation agreements:

  • accredited institution - degree granting institution will be regionally accredited.
  • demand - a substantial number of AWC students have transferred into, are currently enrolled in, or have graduated from the degree granting institution.
  • beneficial - the degree granting institution is beneficial to AWC students in terms of program offerings and geographic location and/or online access.
  • mission - the degree granting institution supports students in their quest for higher education.
  • ease of transfer - degree granting institution supports the concept of seamless transfer and acknowledges that transfer students have met certain competencies and therefore will not be required to repeat competencies already achieved. 

Procedure

All agreements will be processed as follows:

  •  Articulation agreements will be received through the Curriculum and Articulation Office.
    • Articulation agreements will be reviewed and approved by the Director of Assessment, Program Review, Curriculum and Articulation.
    • The Curriculum and Articulation Office will review active agreements every three years to ensure they are being maintained and supported
      • In support of the agreements the Curriculum and Articulation Office will notify the degree granting institutions of course and program modifications, deletions, and additions as they are approved.
      • The Curriculum and Articulation Office will discuss the level of support that is being demonstrated by degree granting institutions as well as the number of students transferring to and/or graduating from these institutions with the Director of Transfer Services to determine if the agreement should continue and how best to support the individual agreements.
      • Agreements found to be lacking support from one or both institutions will be removed from the active agreement list.
  • Articulation agreements will be mailed to the institution(s) involved by the Curriculum and Articulation Office.
  • Articulation agreements will be kept by the Director of Assessment, Program Review, Curriculum and Articulation in the Curriculum and Articulation Office.
    • Official agreements will be added to an 'active agreement' list 

Promotion

The Transfer Services Office will promote the transfer and articulation agreements.

  • All active agreements will be supported and promoted by the Transfer Services Office.
  • Agreements which are being actively supported by the degree granting institution will receive a higher level of support and promotion form the Director of Transfer Services .
    • The Director of Transfer Services will keep record of institutions in which AWC has an agreement who are not actively supporting their agreement and report that information in the three year review. 

Articulation Approval Process

  1. Proposed institution and program level articulation agreements will be received through the Curriculum and Articulation Office.
  2. Proposed articulation agreements will be reviewed and approved by the Director of Assessment, Program Review, Curriculum and Articulation in conjunction with the Director of Transfer Services.
  3. Articulation agreements will be mailed to all parties involved by the Curriculum and Articulation Office.
  4. Articulation agreements will be kept by the Director of Assessment, Program Review, Curriculum and Articulation in the Curriculum and Articulation Office.
SUN Numbers

About SUN

Shared Unique Number System of Arizona (SUN)

The Shared Unique Number (SUN) System is a college course numbering system designed to help students locate and enroll in courses that have direct equivalents for transfer among Arizona's public community colleges and three state universities.

Courses in the SUN System have a unique three-letter prefix and four-digit course number that represents direct course equivalency at all Arizona public community colleges and universities.  Each institution retains its original course numbers but uses the SUN to indicate commonality.

Visit AZSunSystem.com for a complete list of SUN Courses

 

Contact Info

Phone: (928) 317-6043
Location: CTE 123
Hours:
  • Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 5:00pm