Joint Boards Articulation Commission

Operational Policy Statement



As passed by the joint action of the Board of Education and the Board of Higher Education, the Joint Boards Articulation Commission has been established to "encourage active cooperation and collaboration among sectors and within systems (K-12, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities) in order to achieve the most efficient and effective articulation possible."

To this end the Commission will:


Under the direction of the three public educational sector leaders, the Commission will be formally appointed and will begin its work as of July, 1992. Membership representation for the Commission will include the following:


Initial membership on the Commission will be on a staggered basis. Each sector's slate of members are to indicate the years of first term membership, ranging from 1 to 2 years. Reappointments for a second term or the appointment of new members will be for a three year term. Each Commission member will serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The initial representative selected by the Oregon Independent Colleges Association will have the option of serving two one-year terms.

The Commission will have two officers, a chair and a vice chair. Officers will be appointed by the three sector leaders for two year terms. Sector representation in the officer positions will rotate after each term. In order to provide continuity in operations, the vice chair will serve as chair-elect. The initial officers for the Commission will be an OUS representative as chair and a community college representative as vice chair. Staff support, including the secretarial function, will be provided by an OUS or community college staff ex officio member on a rotating basis (corresponding to chair's sector representation).

The Commission will meet at least bi-monthly or on a regularly scheduled basis as determined by the membership. The Commission will give an annual report to the three sector leaders in May of each year. Additional reports will be provided upon request by the sector leaders or the Joint Board.

Special issues and topics will be addressed by the Commission through standing and ad hoc committees. Each committee will be chaired by a member of the Commission where appropriate. Membership on the various committees will include representatives from the three sectors' campus faculty and administrative staff. Committee membership will reflect a balanced representation from each sector. Two standing committees will be appointed immediately to address (1) monitoring implementation of the Oregon Associate of Arts Transfer Degree policy and its revision; and, (2) monitoring and extending the number of discipline areas and courses for the common course numbering format. An additional standing committee will focus on transfer professional/technical degree programs. Suggested topics for ad hoc committees include subject matter (academic discipline) articulation across levels; articulation and preparation standards issued related to college level programs; and, issues of programmatic and facilities cooperation among sectors related to distance education degree programs delivered by Ed-Net.

Support for the Commission and its standing and ad hoc committees will be provided by the sector leaders.



Suggested Guidelines for Membership Appointments (March 1994)

The following guidelines are suggested to assist the JBAC in achieving greater continuity of membership among educational sector representatives:



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Revised: October 28, 1998
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