3.21 Undergraduate Course Credit Transfer

Board Policies
Chapter 3 - Educational Policies

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Part 1. Purpose. The purpose of this policy is to establish consistent practices for accepting credit for undergraduate college-level courses transferred into a system college or university, except for courses that apply to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum as per Policy 3.37 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

Part 2. Definition. For purposes of this policy the following definition applies:

Comparable or equivalent course. A comparable or equivalent course is one that is similar in nature, content and level of expected student performance on course outcomes to a course offered by the receiving institution.

Part 3. Transfer of Undergraduate Credits. Once a student has been admitted to a system college or university, each college or university shall evaluate college-level course credits completed, as submitted by the student on an official transcript, to determine if they shall be accepted in transfer. Once the credits are accepted in transfer, each college or university shall determine how the course credits will apply to program and graduation requirements.

Transfer of credit from one college or university to another shall involve at least three considerations:

  1. Educational quality of the learning experience which the student transfers,
  2. Comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience offered by the receiving college or university, and
  3. Appropriateness and applicability of the learning experience to the programs offered by the receiving higher education entity in light of the student's educational goals.

Subpart A. Transfer of courses that are comparable or equivalent. A receiving system college or university shall accept courses in transfer that it determines to be comparable or equivalent to specific courses it offers.

Subpart B. Transfer of courses that are not comparable or not equivalent. College-level courses accepted in transfer by a system college or university that are determined to be not comparable or not equivalent to specific courses taught at the receiving college or university shall be accepted as electives.

Part 4. Course Outlines. In order to facilitate the evaluation of courses for transfer credit as described in Part 3 of this policy, each system college and university shall post course outlines, as defined in Board Policy 3.22, for all courses on its institutional website. The links for current course outlines shall be submitted to the system office for publication on the MinnesotaTransfer.org Web site.

Part 5. Official Repository of Course Equivalents. The Degree Audit and Reporting System (DARS) and u.select database (and successor databases) housed within the system office shall be the official repository of course equivalencies between system colleges and universities. Each system college and university shall be responsible for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of course equivalencies listed for courses offered by that college or university. A course offered by a system college or university that is listed as the equivalent of a course at the receiving system college or university shall be accepted in transfer as that course by the receiving system college or university with no additional documentation required from the student.

Part 6. System College or University Transfer Policy. Each system college or university shall implement a policy to address transfer of course credit consistent with the requirements of this policy and Procedure 3.21.1 Undergraduate Course Credit Transfer.

Part 7. Disseminating Information. Each system college or university shall publish its transfer policy and shall make information about credit transfer and course equivalencies, including links to MinnesotaTransfer.org and u.select, readily available on its website.

Part 8. Student Appeals. Each system college or university shall establish a policy for student petition and appeal of credit transfer decisions. The Chancellor shall establish a procedure for system-level appeal of system college or university credit transfer decisions. When providing students with a transfer evaluation, colleges and universities shall also provide information about a student's right to appeal, the appeal process, and links to the system and college or university appeal policies. This information shall also be made available on each college and university website, course catalog and transfer-related publications.

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Policy History:

Date of Adoption: 4/29/98,
Date of Implementation: 8/01/07,

Date & Subject of Revisions:

11/16/11 - Effective 1/1/12, the Board of Trustees amends all board policies to change the term "Office of the Chancellor" to "system office," and to make necessary related grammatical changes.

5/19/10 - Added a new Part 4 Outlines and Part 5 Official Repository of Course Equivalents. Amended Part 7 to require credit transfer and course equivalencies available on the Website. Amended Part 8 to require that information about the transfer appeal process to students when they receive their transfer evaluations and requires that information be made available on the Website, course catalog and other publications.

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