Colleges and universities publish articulation agreements after reviewing the curriculum and level of instruction, and then agree on how courses taken at a community college, for example, meet the requirements of the courses at the future 4-year institution. Academic departments typically work together to draft and publish the agreements, which can take a few months to prepare as guidelines. Students who join the MCC during or after the 2014 summer semester must meet the requirements of the MTA. Program-to-program diagrams are extremely useful tools for transfer students. If you know what you want to study at a particular four-year institution, a program-to-program chart will show you exactly which courses you need to take at your community college that you transfer and keep on your way to graduation.