The following principles will guide the successful implementation of the project.
- Where applicable, the policies and procedures developed will build upon the articulation agreement and transfer initiative course equivalency system required by section 3333.162 of the Ohio Revised Code.
- The project will build upon the "lessons learned" from previous articulation and transfer work.
- This learner-centered project requires a system to be developed that will enable commonly agreed-upon course work, based on recognized industry standards and successfully completed by either adult or secondary career-technical students, to be transferable and applicable to any state supported institution of higher education. This initiative does not alter the mission of participating schools and does not imply the evolution of adult-career schools into associate or baccalaureate degree offering entities.
- The overall goal of this initiative will be to allow identified technical courses/content to transfer "without unnecessary duplication or institutional barriers."
- This project is being implemented by the Regents in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education and other key stakeholders.
- Consensus decision-making will guide the project work to effect a change in Ohio 's educational system by providing a guarantee that enables learners to reach their educational goals in the most efficient manner. However, the primary foci and missions of career technical centers or comprehensive high schools and the public institutions of higher education will remain unaltered.
- Continuous communication about the progress of this project is important and will be ensured through a variety of media. A website will be developed at the Ohio Board of Regents to disseminate information relevant to the work of the committees.
- Project work will be completed in a timely manner to support delivery of a progress report to the General Assembly by April 15, 2006 and completion of the project by April 15, 2007.
The above Articulation and Transfer principles provide a context for understanding the enhancements to the policy and to provide a clearer P-16 continuum and enhancement of workforce development. The principles are a result of the leadership of the Career-Technical Credit Transfer Advisory Committee of the Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council, a representative committee drawn from various segments of the state's educational community.