October 26, 2007

Dear COTA Advisory Council:

I am writing to extend my sincerest thanks to all who have agreed to serve on the Advisory Council to the CBHE Committee on Transfer and Articulation. The Advisory Council will perform as a valuable resource to COTA in evaluating the potential impact and implementation of proposed initiatives, as well as to assist in identifying emerging trends and issues in transfer and articulation across the state. The inclusive nature of the Advisory Council, including membership from public, independent, and proprietary institutions, as well as two-year and four-year institutions, will also greatly enrich its work. On behalf of COTA, I address the following formal charge to the Advisory Council:

The COTA Advisory Committee (AC) is to act as an advisory committee to COTA. Its primary role is to review proposed revisions and initiatives to statewide transfer and articulation policies and to assess, evaluate, and provide feedback on the feasibility of implementation of said proposals. Additionally, the AC will bring forward to COTA any issues or emerging trends that will effect the transfer of students and/or post-secondary credits between institutions in this state.

Of course, the Advisory Council has now met and begun its important work. While COTA will look forward to further discussions with Advisory Council members at our next meeting, please accept our sincere appreciation in the interim that constructive visioning has already taken place regarding the 2008 transfer conference, for example.

Moving forward, COTA will work with the Advisory Council to identify, evaluate, and implement important initiatives which will strengthen transfer and articulation across all sectors of Missouri's educational system. Thank you for your willingness to participate in this important organization.


Evelyn E. Jorgenson, Ph.D., Chair
CBHE Committee on Transfer and Articulation