Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI)


Transfer is made easier by IECC’s participation in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement that allows for the transfer of a core curriculum that is transferable among more than 100 participating colleges and universities in Illinois. The agreement became effective for those who entered participating institutions as first-time students in the summer of 1998 (and thereafter). In addition to being able to transfer general education courses, students can also transfer courses that will apply to specific baccalaureate majors.


The General Education Core Curriculum is the starting point for students pursuing an associate transfer degree or a bachelor's degree. These students must take a set of core courses considered an essential foundation for a well-rounded education.  This core consists of 37 to 41 credits that participating colleges and universities have agreed to accept as a package in lieu of their own comparable lower-division general education requirements. 

Beginning in 2019, students who successfully complete this “package” receive the GECC Credential, via a notation on their transcript, signifying this accomplishment. Students graduating with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science and Arts degree at IECC will typically be awarded this credential in addition to their degree.

Completion of this credential ensures the student can seamlessly transfer to an in-state four-year institution, having completed their general education requirements. Minimum requirements are as follows:

Discipline Courses/Credits Required
Communications 3 Courses (9 Semester Hours)
Mathematics 1 Course (3 - 5 Semester Hours)
Physical & Life Sciences 2 Courses (7 - 8 Semester Hours)
Humanities & Fine Arts 3 Courses (9 Semester Hours)
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 Courses (9 Semester Hours)

The GECC Credential is comprised of only Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) approved general education courses. Click here for a complete list of approved courses. Contact an academic advisor with any questions and visit for more information. 

This credential, consisting of 12-13 courses (37-41 semester hours) is not a degree or certificate, nor is it an industry-recognized credential.