ERIC Number: ED263795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Joint Statement on Transfer and Award of Academic Credit. Self-Regulation Initiatives: Guidelines for Colleges and Universities, No. 4.
American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Guidelines for colleges concerning policies and practices for transfer and award of credit are offered in a joint statement by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the American Council on Education, and the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. Three considerations regarding transfer of credit from one institution to another are identified: (1) the educational quality of the school from which the student transfers; (2) the comparability of the nature, content, and level of credit earned to that offered by the receiving school; and (3) the appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned to the programs offered by the receiving school, in light of the student's educational goals. Accreditation speaks primarily to the first of these considerations, serving as the basic indicator that an institution meets certain minimum standards. At some colleges, there may be differences between the acceptance of credit for admission purposes and the applicability of credit for degree purposes. Transfer-of-credit policies should also encompass educational accomplishment attained in extra-institutional settings. Transfer of credit from foreign institutions and unaccredited institutions is also addressed. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), College Credits, College Transfer Students, Comparative Analysis, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Guidelines, Higher Education, Position Papers, Transfer Policy
Office on Self-Regulation Initiatives, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036 (free with self-addressed, stamped envelope).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.