IAI became effective Summer 1998 for students entering a participating college or university as first-time, first-year students. Benefits for students are as follows:
• Students who complete the A.A., A.S., or A.A.T. degree at
the City Colleges of Chicago, and who meet the admission
requirements of an IAI participating baccalaureate degree
granting institution to which they transfer, will have completed
the lower-division general education requirements for an
associate or baccalaureate degree in lieu of the receiving
institution’s general education requirements.
• Students who complete the IAI General Education Core
Curriculum (GECC) at City Colleges of Chicago fulfilling all of
the GECC requirements with IAI approved General Education
courses and transfer to participating institutions have
the assurance that lower-division general education
requirements for an associate or baccalaureate degree have been
satisfied and the GECC will transfer.
A participating/receiving institution may require transfer
students to complete an institution-wide and/or mission-related
graduation requirement beyond the scope of the Illinois
General Education Core Curriculum.
Due to the increasing number of students fulfilling degree
requirements at more than one City College, district-wide models
for A.A. and A.S. Transfer Degrees showing minimum general
education requirements have been designed. The models
facilitate the need for a smooth transition for the
student’s path to degree completion.
Important notes about transfer courses: although IAI
approved courses are the most widely accepted, baccalaureate
transfer courses need not be IAI approved and may be
articulated for transfer via written articulation agreements or transfer
equivalency documents. Such documents apply only to those
institutions covered by those documents. Transfer acceptance
conditions may apply. Institutions which have not signed
such documents may or may not accept non-IAI approved courses
for transfer credit and if they do, may accept them as Gen
Ed or major or elective credit. Transfer documents do not guarantee
acceptance of transfer credit. Ultimately, it is at the
discretion of the receiving institution whether or not and under what
transfer credits may be accepted, which may change without
notice. Click here to view a list of approved general education courses.