COTA is the Committee on Transfer and Articulation. COTA's primary responsibilities are to review and make recommendations on transfer issues, study and develop transfer guidelines for traditional and non-traditional credits, and review and recommend resolutions on cases of appeal from institutions or students.

COTA Structure

2025 COTA Conference

Save the date. The 2025 COTA Conference will be held March 7, 2025.

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Joint Leadership Statement on Commitment to Transfer

Our students vary in age, come from differing economic backgrounds, include many first generation participants, and are often place-bound due to financial limitations and family/employment obligations. These changing demographic factors have altered the patterns of attendance, and many of our students now access higher education through multiple institutions. The mobility of our students creates a joint student body, whose participation and success is a shared responsibility bay all Missouri higher education institutions.

The success of our collective student body requires that Missouri institutions operate in a coordinated fashion to ensure that higher education is accessible and affordable. The determinants of success of the mobile student must drive the transfer process, and not institutional habit, convenience, or territoriality.

Based on their joint commitment to ensure access, affordability, and success of the transfer student, the leaders of Missouri institutions of higher education with their signature below commit to:

  • Work collaboratively with all Missouri institutions in higher education to improve the total transfer process at the institutions both as a receiver and sender of transfer students;
  • Provide academic and financial support for the transfer student that is commensurate with the support provided for native students;
  • Develop an efficient transfer policy that minimizes the loss of course credits and curtails any unnecessary duplication of learning;
  • Share in the responsibility and cost for the development and implementation of articulation agreements;
  • Work to create a consolidated, multi-institutional database, searchable by institution, which provides common access to current course equivalencies and articulation agreements;
  • Identify and share best transfer practices.

The leaders of public higher education agree to review the current joint statement every three years and revise it accordingly, and re-engage Missouri institutions of higher education to be signatories to the revised statement.

Signatory Institutions to the Associate of Arts in Teaching Articulation Agreement

AAT Agreement

Public Two-Year Colleges Independent Four-Year Universities Public Four-Year Universities

Crowder College
East Central College
Jefferson College
Metropolitan Community College
Mineral Area College
Moberly Area Community College
North Central Missouri College
Ozarks Technical Community College
St. Charles County Community College
St. Louis Community College
State Fair Community College
Three Rivers College

Avila University
Central Methodist University
Columbia College
Culver-Stockton College
Drury University
Fontbonne University
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Lindenwood University
Maryville University of St. Louis
Missouri Baptist University
Missouri Valley College
Park University
Rockhurst University
Stephens College
Webster University
Westminster College
William Woods University

Harris-Stowe State University
Lincoln University
Missouri Southern State University
Missouri State University
Missouri Western State University
Northwest Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University
University of Central Missouri
University of Missouri - Columbia
University of Missouri - Kansas City
University of Missouri - St. Louis