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Introduction and News - Apply for a Partnership

Learn about TRANSFERmation and get the most current updates to the program, including when and how to apply.

Welcome to MC's articulation process: TRANSFERmation

Launched in 2017, TRANSFERmation is a process to determine which post-secondary institutions MC collaborates with to create academic partnership agreements.

An important key to this success is our academic partnerships and articulation agreements. The result of these – guaranteed admission agreements, program-to-program agreements, pathways, etc. – are the foundation for preparing students to transition from MC with minimal barriers. 

MC underwent a comprehensive review of past partnerships and agreements. We spoke with MC faculty, advisors and students to determine the good and the bad; asked four-year institutions for their feedback and comments; and examined data to identify patterns and trends. As a result, new processes and procedures have been adopted to manage the partnership program.

Institutions can apply for partnerships twice per year.

Types of Agreements

Montgomery College offers three types of Institutional Partnership Agreements.

Enrollment Agreements
Enrollment Agreements provide MC students with the opportunity to be admitted to, enroll in and/or afford to attend an accredited four-year institution. These agreements may include application fee waivers, guaranteed admission, scholarships, priority registration, guaranteed housing, a designated academic advisor, special orientation programs, transfer credit, honors program, etc. However, there must be a unique benefit for MC students or in addition to normal opportunities.

Institutional Articulated Pathways
Institutional Articulated Pathways identify the direct course-to-course, degree-to-degree, or outcomes-to-outcomes based transfer of credits between MC and an accredited four-year institution. These agreements must promote associate degree completion and result in a transfer pathway for advising and degree audit purposes. Agreements may result in a bachelor’s degree (2+2 or 3+1), or a bachelor’s and master’s degree (2+2+2). An Institutional Articulation Agreement will be developed only if there is a need for a formal agreement between degree programs due to academic requirements. An individual agreement must be signed for each major to major pathway developed. 

Selection Criteria

To partner with MC, institutions must meet certain selection criteria. Information about the criteria, and their sources, is available in this section.

Institutions wishing to partner with MC will be vetted on both an institutional-level and on the degree-level. The review is based on a number of criteria and evaluated through a rubric. The results of this review will determine the timeline for developing the partnership.  

All partner institutions must be approved by the US Department of Education. Institutions must be in good standing with all accrediting bodies (institution- or degree-level, as required.)  

Please note: all Maryland public four-year institutions, officially designated Minority-Serving Institutions, and programs offered at the Universities at Shady Grove are exempt from the review process. 

From the College Scorecard:

  • Cost (use out-of-state tuition for publics)
  • Diversity (population)
  • Graduation Rate
  • Total Loan Debt

From the National Student Clearinghouse:

  • Number of Transfer Students from MC (cumulative 3 previous years)

From the Institutional Website:

  • Promotion of Associate Degree Completion
  • Special Population (Religion, race, gender, delivery, adult, etc.)
  • Transfer Credit Flexibility
  • Transfer Scholarships

From MC Data:

  • Participation in Campus Events

From MC Data:

  • Corresponding Major at MC
  • Programmatic Enrollment at MC

From the Institutional Website:

  • Delivery Method
  • Identified Barriers to Graduation
  • Specialized Accreditation

From the Department of Labor:

  • Emerging/Upcoming Career Field
Benefits of Partnering

Understand the benefits to partnering with MC.

By becoming an MC partner, you are afforded the following benefits:

  • Priority registration for transfer fairs
  • Tabling on campus
  • Ability to email prospective students once per semester
  • Assistance scheduling classroom visits and/or MC counseling/faculty meetings
  • Individual partnership webpage
Frequently Asked Questions

Explore FAQ's about the application process, partnering, and the appeals process.

Q: Why did MC implement the new articulation process?
A: Given the national and regional focus on pathways, MC revamped the process to maximize student success. This included developing stronger tools to allow students to make smart transfer decisions, providing realistic and timely information, and strengthening partnerships that provide benefits and opportunities to MC students.

Q: Are there exceptions to this process?
A: Yes, Maryland Public institutions and officially designated Minority-Serving Institutions are exempt from the Institutional Review. Degree programs offered at the Universities at Shady Grove are exempt from the degree level review. 

Application for New Agreements
Q: What is the definition of an “unique benefit,” as mentioned in the Enrollment Agreement description?
A: A “unique benefit” is something offered to MC students only (or to a select group of other partner institutions), that does not apply to the  general transfer population. This may be an application fee waiver, on-campus advising, a special orientation session, classes seats held, etc. The intention is to provide an incentive to MC students above and beyond what would normally be done.

Q: How do I apply to be a partner institution?
A: During an intake period, you may apply to by submitting an IPA Application.

Q: What is involved in applying?
The online application is rather simple. It will ask for institution name and contact information, and ask for the type of agreement(s) you are applying for. If you are applying for an Enrollment Agreement, it will ask you to identify the scope of the agreement and what benefits you are offering MC students. If you are applying for an Articulated Pathway, you'll be asked to identify the degree program(s) at MC and at your institution. There is no expectation of submitting degree plans or other information at this time.

Q: How many pathways can I apply for?
A: During each intake period, you can apply for up to three pathways.

Q: How often can I apply for new articulated pathways?
A: Institutions that have already gone through the review process and did not meet partnership qualifications cannot apply again for two years from the date of the first decision. if you did meet the qualifications, you can apply twice a year.

Q: Can I have an Enrollment Agreement without having institutional pathways? Can I have pathways without having an Enrollment Agreement?
A: Yes, the two types of agreements are independent of each other. An institution can have any combination of agreements – an Enrollment Agreement and no pathway, no Enrollment Agreement and three pathways, etc.

Q: What happens after I apply to be a new partner?
A: After institutions submit a request for a specific academic pathway, our Deans will review the request; they may move the pathway forward or decline the offer. In the future, we may also put out a “call for partners,” through which we identify an area we want partner in, and ask schools to identify themselves as interested. Institutions who wish to develop an Enrollment Agreement will go through the same process; however, the decision to partner is determined by the nature of the proposal (for example, our Honors Director will approve an honors-to-honors partnership proposal). If MC identifies you as a possible partner, the process is slightly changed: a dean will not approve the partnership. Rather, the review process will begin pending an institutional and/or degree-level review. 

Q: What criteria were used to make the decision about institutions and degrees?
A: A list of criteria is available above. Please note: All partner institutions must be approved by the US Department of Education.

Q: Where did you get the data to make criteria decisions?
A: Data was compiled from the National Student Clearinghouse, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, U.S. Department of Labor, institutional catalogs and websites, and MC data. To ensure that all data sets were the same for each institution, institutions were not allowed to provide their own data. 

Q: What if some of the data points aren’t applicable to my institution?
A: This was taken into consideration when the review was designed. If a data point is not relevant (e.g. you do not admit freshman students, so IPEDS data is inaccurate), we adjust the evaluation. 

Q: My institution or degree did not meet the criteria for a continued partnership. Can I find out why?
A: Yes, we can share the reasons your institution did not meet the criteria upon request. However, we will not be able to change a decision until a formal appeal is received and reviewed.  

Appeals Process
Q: How can I appeal a decision?
A: Email with the following information:

  • Name of Institution
  • Name and Title of Institutional Representative
  • Degrees in question, if warranted
  • Reason for appeal; please include data or other relevant facts

Upon receipt of this information, MC will reach out to you for further discussion.