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What is Articulation?

"When the word “articulation” is used in education, it often has different meanings and connotations, depending on the setting. Articulation, for purposes of this handbook, refers specifically to course articulation: the process of developing a formal, written agreement that identifies courses (or sequences of courses) on a “sending” campus that are comparable to, or acceptable in lieu of, specific course requirements at a “receiving” campus. Successful completion of an articulated course assures the student and the faculty that the student has taken the appropriate course, received the necessary instruction and preparation, and that similar outcomes can be assured. In short, the articulation process enables the student to progress to the next level of instruction at the receiving institution."

California Articulation
Policies and Procedures Handbook

REVISED Spring 2013

Purpose of Articulation

In a nut shell, College Credit for High School Classes

The main purpose of articulation is no student should be required to repeat the same course in college for which credit was previously received in high school. Articulation is a formal agreement between two or more educational systems to help students make a smooth transition from the high school level to the college level without experiencing delay or duplication of learning. The idea is for students to move from one course, program, or educational level to the next without loss of time or resources.

Benefits of Articulation

  • Simplifying and streamlining the articulation system through uniformity
  • Providing for student movement through the system without duplication
  • Allowing for advancement using minimal dollars and time
  • Facilitating partnerships and collaboration between high school / ROP, and higher education
  • Identifying current workforce needs
  • Strengthening and validating programs
  • Facilitating student success in the workplace
  • Broadening student access to multiple college campuses

How does articulation work at San Joaquin Delta College?

  • Articulation agreements are made between area high schools, adult schools or ROP programs and San Joaquin Delta College that requires collaboration between instructors at each site.
  • The efforts of faculty members in arranging course content and objectives allows a smooth transition for students to accomplish their stated career goals.
  • Student success depends on setting educational goals to take the classes required without repetition.


Participating Schools
Amador High School
Lincoln High School
Bear Creek High School
Lincoln Technical Academy
Bret Hart High School
Lindbergh Education Center
Calaveras High School
Linden High School
Cesar Chavez High School
Lodi Career Center
East Union High School
Lodi High School
Edison High School
Manteca High School
Edward Merlo Institute
McNair High School
Escalon High School
Sierra High School
Franklin High School
St. Mary's High School
Galt High School
Stagg High School
Health Careers Academy High School
Tokay High School
Institute for Global Commerce & Goverment (West High) Tracy High School
Institute of Business Management & Law
Venture Academy
Kimball High School
West High School
Lathrop High School
Westen Ranch High School


Documents / Information for Review

For specific questions on articulation at San Joaquin Delta College, contact Jack Saunders, Articulation Officer by email or (209) 954-5248.





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Stockton, California 95207
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