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College Transfer

Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with the University of North Carolina


In an effort to simplify and facilitate transfer of credit between community colleges and the University of North Carolina System, the University’s Board of Governors and the State Board of Community Colleges have developed and approved a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. This agreement addresses the transfer of students between institutions in the North Carolina Community College System and from that system to constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. It applies to all North Carolina community colleges and all constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina.

As one provision of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, students who complete the A.A., A.F.A., A.G.E., or A.S. degree requirements at any community college will be able to transfer to constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina with junior status and will be considered to have fulfilled the institution-wide, lower division, general education requirements of the receiving institution.

Courses are approved for transfer through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Community college graduates who have earned 64 semester hours of academic credit in approved college transfer courses with a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will receive at least 64 semester hours of academic credit upon admission to a university. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions. Courses offered through bilateral agreements may not transfer to all receiving institutions.

Edgecombe Community College offers these degrees and diplomas that may transfer through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement:

100% Online College Transfer Option

Beginning Fall 2014, you now have the option to earn your Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree totally online within two years. For information, contact Dr. Harry Starnes at starnesh@edgecombe.edu or (252) 823-5166 x221.

Associate in Arts
Associate in Arts Core Diploma
Associate in Fine Arts
Associate in General Education
Associate in Science
Associate in Science Core Diploma
Associate in Science/Pre-Engineering
Associate in Science/Pre-Engineering Core Diploma

Other provisions of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement address the transfer of general education core courses for non-graduates and transfer agreements for major or professional specialties. Check with your advisor for complete details.

Transfer Agreements with Private 4-Year Colleges and Universities
Many private 4-year colleges and universities in North Carolina have agreed to follow the CAA. For information about transfer to a specific college or university through the CAA, click on Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.

In addition to the CAA, Edgecombe Community College has specific program and course transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in North Carolina. These agreements list programs and courses which are accepted for transfer. Check with your advisor or student services if you would like more information.

Writing Intensive Requirements
The Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in General Education, Associate in Science, and Associate in Science/Pre-Engineering degrees require students to complete at least three writing intensive courses. Two are ENG 111 and ENG 113. The other one may be selected from available humanities and social science offerings. These courses are identified in the course description section of the College Catalog with an ^ symbol. Ex. ENG 111^

Writing intensive courses are designed by faculty to encourage writing across the curriculum and give students practice in extensive writing activities to enhance their communication skills. The courses may focus on academic writing used in upper-level college courses, professional writing used in career settings, and write-to-learn activities to improve the student’s mastery of material. Each area has specific criteria for instructors to follow regarding the types and amounts of writing. Depending on the format, writing intensive courses can require 20 to 50 pages of writing.


Comprehensive Articulation Agreement
Associate in Arts

Associate in Arts Core Diploma
Associate in Fine Arts
Associate in General Education
Associate in Science
Associate in Science Core Diploma
Associate in Science/Pre-Engineering
Associate in Science/Pre-Engineering Core Diploma


Faculty Contact:

Dr. Harry Starnes
Dean, Division of Arts and Sciences
Edgecombe Community College
2009 W. Wilson St.
Tarboro, NC 27886
(252) 823-5166, ext. 221
starnesh@edgecombe.edu