ERIC Number: ED448812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
A Statement to the Community: Transfer and the Public Interest.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Washington, DC.
This statement, prepared by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Committee on Transfer and the Public Interest (Washington, D.C.), is addressed to institutions, accreditors and national higher education associations seeking to maintain and enhance conditions of transfer for students. It seeks to energize the ongoing national conversation about transfer decision making, setting into motion a more open and accountable transfer process. Many students now attend more than one institution at a time, and accordingly face issues not previously seen when they seek to transfer credits. Institutions must balance responsiveness to students' preferences about transfer with institutional commitment to the value and quality of degrees or other credentials. Accreditors are responsible for assuring that institutional transfer practices are consistent with accreditation standards and policies on transfer. They are responsible for maintaining effective communication among accrediting organizations as a means to meet students' needs in the transfer process while also sustaining quality. While acknowledging that accreditation is an important factor, CHEA believes that receiving institutions ought to make clear their institutional reasons for accepting or not accepting credits that students seek to transfer. They also need to assure that students and the public are fully and accurately informed about their respective transfer policies and practices. Appendix contains descriptions of methods of managing transfer available in addition to institutional transfer decision making. (JA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Washington, DC.