Academic Transfer Pathways
Develop an Academic Transfer Pathway
Once an articulation agreement has been established with a partner institution, faculty may begin to develop academic transfer pathways. An academic transfer pathway is a set of courses within an associate’s degree at a two-year institution that are applicable towards a complimentary baccalaureate degree at UTEP.
The intent of an academic transfer pathway is to:
- Ensure a seamless transfer of academic credit
- Solicit partnerships and articulation opportunities to improve students’ success and increase their accessibility to advanced educational opportunities
The tools used to develop an academic transfer pathway are an articulation plan to outline the responsibilities of the academic units and a transfer guide that will list the courses to complete at the two-year institution that will apply towards the receiving program at UTEP.
Existing Transfer Guides
El Paso Community College (EPCC)
- EPCC Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to UTEP Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 2022-2023
- EPCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Culinary Arts to UTEP Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) 2022-2023
- EPCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Hotel Operations to UTEP Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) 2022-2023
- EPCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Pastry to UTEP Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)2022-2023
- EPCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Restaurant Management to UTEP Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)2022-2023
- EPCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Travel and Tourism to UTEP Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)2022-2023
Proposal and Approval Process
A request to develop an academic transfer pathway may be initiated by either an external or internal partner.
- Internally Initiated- Academic transfer pathways may be initiated by UTEP faculty or program administrators.
- Externally Initiated- Academic transfer pathways may originate from partner institution academic departments or administrative offices.
- Prior to developing an academic pathway, faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the Transfer Articulation team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (915) 747-5725 to discuss the requirements and approval process.
- Complete the Notice of Intent to Develop an Academic Pathway and email to email@example.com.
- The Director of Academic Pathways and Engagement will conduct an initial review of the notice and will coordinate meetings with the appropriate individuals/offices to communicate the request, gain added value, and determine a timeline for completion. Meetings may include representation from the Director of Academic Reports and Curriculum, Transfer Coordinator, academic chairs, faculty, program directors, and partner institution’s curriculum and articulation agreements office or other representatives.
- This step may take between two weeks to a month.
- With the help of the appropriate partner institution academic representative, develop the Articulation Plan and the Transfer Guide. (Note: The articulation plan should remain unsigned and in Word document format at this step of the process.)
- Submit both documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Director of Academic Pathways and Engagement will review drafts and route them to the necessary UTEP offices. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for feedback or approval.
- Once approval is received, the Articulation Plan will be routed for signatures.
- Following obtaining the appropriate signatures, notification of the newly approved academic pathway will be sent by the Office of the Provost to: Deans, Department Chair and Program Director of the transfer program, Academic Advising Center leadership and transfer representatives, Office of Admissions and Recruitment, and University Communications.
- The articulation plan and transfer guide are posted online.
Articulation plans and transfer guides should be revised regularly to reflect program changes indicated by the latest editions of the institutions’ catalogs and any changes in accrediting-agency or state-mandated requirements that might also impact such pathways. A change in program administrators should not result in a failure to honor the most current signed documents.
Faculty should take note of any changes to courses that will alter an agreement and communicate the changes to the Office of the Provost.
Current articulation agreements, articulation plans, and transfer guides will be published online and dated to reflect the date of the review and to assist in maintaining the most current agreements.