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Transfer across Institutions Accredited by Different Accreditation Agencies

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It is important to keep in mind limitations related to credit transfer across universities and colleges accredited by different accreditation agencies when planning for college. Today’s post provides another way to look at college credit transfer through the lens of institutional accreditation. Losing credits during transfer can increase student debt and delay college graduation.

In 2006 the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined college credit transfer between institutions with different types of institutional accreditation. The report found that Continue reading “Transfer across Institutions Accredited by Different Accreditation Agencies”

Initial Overview of the College Credit Transfer Process

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More than 30% of the students attend more than one university or college during their college career. This poses an issue because transferring credits between institutions can be a challenging process. Namely students that complete credits at one institution – sending institution – may not get recognition for these credits at another institution – destination institution – and they may need to repeat the course and/or pay for the same course again. Therefore, this post is the first one in the transfer series. The goal for the transfer series is to help you understand the complexities of transfer and plan for any potential barriers that may be arise during this process.

Transfer takes many flavors. It can include transfer from a college to a university, between colleges, universities, and even from a university to a college. The purpose is the same. Students transfer credits to help complete the requirements for a credential. The credential can be an associate degree, a baccalaureate degree, or a certification.

Today’s post provides a quick overview of college transfer and discusses:

  1. Articulation and institutional transfer agreements
  2. Institutional classifications by sector (public, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit) and program length (2-year and 4-year)
  3. Transferring with a degree

Continue reading “Initial Overview of the College Credit Transfer Process”