The comprehensive articulation agreement (CAA) enables North Carolina community college graduates of two-year associate-in-arts and associate-in-science degree programs to transfer to constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina with junior status.
Community college graduates of associate-in-arts and associate-in-science degree programs who have completed the general education transfer core will be considered to have fulfilled the institution-wide, lower division, liberal studies requirements of Western Carolina University. Graduates of these programs will normally receive 64 semester hours of academic credit upon admission to the university. Credit for students who transfer before completing the general education core will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Courses which do not originate at a North Carolina college and which are not listed on the approved college transfer course lists will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
The general education core transfer component, if completed successfully by a student with a grade of "C" or better in each course, is portable and transferable as a block across the North Carolina Community College System and from that system to Western Carolina University, whether or not the the transferring student has earned the associate degree.
Upon admission to Western Carolina University, students who have completed the general education core with the proper distribution of hours but who have not completed the associate degree will be considered to have fulfilled the institution-wide liberal studies requirements. To be eligible for inclusion in this policy, a student must have an overall GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of transfer and a grade of "C" or better on all general education core courses.