Facilitating seamless articulation and transfer across the University of Hawaii System is a critical step in assuring students are on a path to graduation that does not take any unnecessary detours.  Students who want to learn more about transfer between the campuses can visit our transfer site for more information. We also have an articulation database that can help identify courses that are already approved for easy transfer.

The Office for the Vice President for Academic Program and Policy hosts the existing articulation agreements between campuses as well as facilitates disciplinary convenings to help forge the connections between campuses to build new articulation agreements. In addition, we have developed the following articulation process map to aid campuses as they seek to develop articulation agreements.

Articulation Agreements within the UH System

Faculty Tenure and Probationary Period as Impacted by COVID-19

  • Please contact avpapp@hawaii.edu for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the UH Board of Regents and the UH Professional Assembly (UHPA) for the official document.

Program Articulation Agreements

UHM College of Engineering and AS in Natural Science with a concentration in engineering, UH Mānoa, Kapiʻolani CC, Leeward CC (August 2012)


UH Hilo Articulation Agreements

UH West Oʻahu Articulation Agreements

Dual Credit Articulated Program of Study (DCAPS)

Articulation Agreements Outside the UH System

Articulation Process Map

The goal is to have consistent articulation process across all 10 campuses for general education courses.  For program-specific courses or upper division courses, the goal is to have consistency across Units (4 years, CCs) where possible.

This process map will be updated as needed. Please notify AVPAPP@hawaii.edu if changes are required.

New Course Articulation (UH Campuses)

Relevant when:

  • A new or existing course is in need of articulation between one or more campus where course numbers and content must be consistent for transfer articulation purposes.
  • When a general education course changes its attributes.

Departments identify their new courses needing articulation across campuses. Departments then meet with their colleagues at participating campuses to agree to the equivalency.

  • Must agree that either different course names are articulated (example: a new math class at Kauaʻi CC with an agreed articulation to a Mānoa math course of a different name/number).
  • Must agree that the same course name/number will have the same catalog description (example: POLS 100 has same description at all campuses).
  • If course alphas are different but the courses remain the same (example: GEOG and GEO).

An articulation agreement is created using the template found here (TBD).

  • The template is signed by:
    • Department Chair and/or Program Coordinator at departments with course articulation
    • Dean
    • Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA)

All departments subject to an articulation agreement notify the following individuals/offices on their respective campuses to ensure the articulation is entered into SHATATR in Banner.

  • Campus transfer coordinator/transcript evaluator
  • 4-year Admissions Office (where applicable if they are responsible for transfer articulation)

All approved course articulation agreements will be posted on the following sites:

Once added to Banner, the articulation will be visible to all campuses and other campuses may adopt as needed.

Effective Dates: Departments will decide if there is a need for periodic review of articulated courses and communicate dates of review in agreement. Otherwise, no need for additional review once articulation is established.

Timeline: Course articulations should be completed and approved by the end of February for the Fall term, or by the end of September for the Spring term to allow for courses to be properly recorded.

Sample Crosswalk Table for Course Articulation (Carpentry Articulation Agreement):

Sample Crosswalk Table for Course Articulation (Carpentry)

Program Articulation

Departments identify program to be articulated.

  • If a two-year to four-year, articulation includes relevant pathways for transfer
  • If articulation is between four-year majors, it includes common course alignment
  • Program articulation between Community Colleges

Departments at participating campuses agree to the program articulation.

An MOU is written that describes the articulated program including the specifics that allow for easy transfer. The template(s) for program articulation is found here: (TBD)

  • Template 1: Program articulation for programs with accreditation or prior learning requirements
  • Template 2: Program articulation between CCs
  • Template 3: Program pathways (2+2 agreement)

The MOU is approved by:

  • Department/Division Chairs/Program Coordinators at each participating campus
  • Deans (where relevant) at each participating campus
  • VCAA at each participating campus

The MOU is forwarded at each participating campus to:

  • Campus STAR Builder
  • Campus transfer coordinator/transcript evaluator
  • Campus registrar
  • 4-year Admissions Office (where applicable if they are responsible for transfer articulation)

All approved program articulation agreements will be posted on the following sites:

Effective Dates: Program articulations are effective for a minimum five years and may be periodically reviewed.

Once agreement is signed, UHCC Offices may put the program in the STAR automatic admission eligible agreement.

Timeline: Course articulations should be completed and approved by the end of February for the Fall term, or by the end of September for the Spring term to allow for courses to be properly recorded.

Course Articulation from Outside the UH System

Student requests a course transfer into UH from an institution outside the system.

A transfer articulation specialist consults existing articulation data (using Banner, transfer database, or a campus alternative if one exists).

  • If there is an existing articulation agreement, then the information should be in SHATATR and the course can be brought in as articulated subject to:
    • The course has been evaluated recently (for campuses with policies requiring review of articulation after a specified time).
    • If the course is already articulated at another campus in the UH System it is recommended that the same articulation is used (i.e. three campuses have given ENG 100 credit for course XXX.
  • The actual transcript is placed in document imaging. The hard copy can be deleted after one year if a digital copy has been made.

Departments determine appropriate course articulation for courses coming in from outside UH System.  Where campuses have delegated decisions to a transcript evaluator, they will make the determination.

New articulations are entered into Banner. Banner will update the existing transfer database.

The updated transfer database will provide a view of how a course articulates across all UH campuses.

Example of course articulation across all campuses.

Last modified: July 19, 2022