from the Illinois Board of Higher Education

April 24, 1998

Contact: Ross Hodel, 217/782-2551


Articulation Initiative on the Launchpad

The long journey from the first day of college to the last is about to get a little easier for thousands of Illinois students.

The General Education Core Curriculum - a collection of basic courses required by virtually all colleges and universities - will become available to students enrolling in college this summer. The Core Curriculum, designed by the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), will give students who enter participating colleges and universities a base of credits that will readily transfer with them to a four-year institution where they can finish their studies. A major aim of the IAI is to help assure students that they won't lose credits earned in one college when they transfer to another, thus saving them both time and money as they work more efficiently toward their bachelor's degree.

More than 100 institutions will accept the Core Curriculum, which includes such courses as freshman composition and public speaking, mathematics, and various electives in the humanities, fine arts, social and physical sciences.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education will receive an update on the Illinois Articulation Initiative at its meeting May 5 at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights. The Board also will act on a recommendation to endorse guidelines for courses considered essential for freshmen and sophomores who plan to major in English, manufacturing technology/machining, and speech communications. Previous agreements on courses recommended for students majoring in agriculture, art, and art education will be in place for students entering college this summer, along with the Core Curriculum.

The Board also will get a glimpse of the updated World Wide Web site for the IAI - which contains detailed information about the General Education Core Curriculum, as well as the description of courses recommended for community college students planning to major in agriculture, art, or art education. The site includes a worksheet students can print and take with them to academic advisers.

The Illinois Articulation Initiative is sponsored by the Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, and the Transfer Coordinators of Illinois Colleges and Universities. It grew out of policies adopted in 1990 by the Board of Higher Education relating to transfer and articulation. More than 30,000 students transfer each year among Illinois colleges and universities.

In other matters, Professor Ed Hines will address the board on issues of higher education finance and budget development. Hines, who serves as senior research associate for the Center for Higher Education and Educational Finance at Illinois State University, is a nationally recognized expert on financial policies affecting colleges and universities.