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2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Ohio Transfer Policy



State of Ohio Policy for Institutional Transfer

The Ohio Department of Higher Education, following the directive of the Ohio General Assembly, developed a statewide policy to facilitate students’ ability to transfer credits from one Ohio public college or university to another in order to avoid duplication of course requirements. Since independent colleges or universities in Ohio may or may not be participating in the transfer policy, students interested in transferring to independent institutions are encouraged to check with the college or university of their choice regarding transfer agreements. For additional information, please visit www.transferology.com.

The University Center hosts several four-year institutions every month. Representatives are available for one-on-one advising for students interested in transferring to their institution. The schedule is available on the plasma screen near C150C.

Ohio Transfer 36, Transfer Assurance Guides, and Military Transfer Assurance Guides

The Ohio Department of Education’s Transfer and Articulation Policy established the Transfer Module, which is a subset or entire set of a college or university’s general education program. The Transfer Module consists of 54 to 60 quarter hours or 36 to 40 semester hours of courses in the following areas: English, Mathematics, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Study.

A Transfer Module completed at one college or university will automatically meet the requirements of the Transfer Module at another college or university once the student is admitted. Students may be required, however, to meet additional general education requirements at the institution to which they transfer. For example, a student who completes the Transfer Module at Institution S (sending institution) and then transfers to Institution R (receiving institution) is said to have completed the Transfer Module portion of Institution R’s general education program. Institution R, however, may require additional general education courses beyond the Transfer Module.

Since many receiving institutions require general education courses within or beyond the Transfer Module, students are encouraged early in their academic careers to meet with an academic advisor at the institution to which they plan to transfer. The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) has also approved Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs) for several academic majors. Each TAG identifies courses that are required for particular areas of study (for example, Biology, Education, and History four-year degrees). Students completing TAG-approved coursework will receive transfer credit at Ohio institutions that fulfills partial degree requirements for these majors. For more information on TAGs for specific fields of study, see the ODHE website at www.ohiohighered.org.

Military Transfer Assurance Guide (MTAGs)

The University System of Ohio is committed to the acceptance and awarding of college credit for training and experience in the United States Armed Forces or National Guard, as long as it has been approved by the American Council on Education or a regional accreditation body, such as the Higher Learning Commission. More information can be found on the University System of Ohio website.

Responsibilities of Students

In order to facilitate transfer with maximum applicability of transfer credit, prospective transfer students should plan a course of study that will meet the requirements of a degree program at the receiving institution. Specifically, students should identify early in their collegiate studies an institution and major to which they desire to transfer. Furthermore, students should determine if there are language requirements or any special course requirements that can be met during the freshman or sophomore year. This will enable students to plan and pursue a course of study that will articulate with the receiving institution’s major. Students are encouraged to seek further information regarding transfer from both their advisor and the college or university to which they plan to transfer.

Appeals Process

A student disagreeing with the application of transfer credit by the receiving institution shall be informed of the right to appeal the decision and of the process for filing the appeal on the Transfer of Credit Evaluation form. Each institution shall make available to students the appeal process for that specific college or university.

If a transfer student’s appeal is denied by the institution after all appeal levels within the institution have been exhausted, the institution shall advise the student in writing of the availability and process of appeal to the state-level Articulation and Transfer Appeals Review Committee.

Appeals Review Committee

The Appeals Review Committee shall review and recommend to institutions the resolutions of individual cases of appeal from transfer students who have exhausted all local appeal mechanisms concerning applicability of transfer credits at receiving institutions.

Conditions for Transfer Admission

The policy encourages receiving institutions to give preferential consideration for admission to students who complete the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree with a cumulative grade point of 2.0 or better for all previous college-level courses. The policy also encourages receiving institutions to give preferential treatment to students who have not earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree, but who have earned 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours with a cumulative grade point of 2.0 or better for all previous college-level courses.

The policy further encourages that students who have not earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree, or who have not earned 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours with a cumulative grade point of 2.0 or better for all previous college level courses, be eligible for admission as transfer students on a competitive basis.

Acceptance of Transfer Credit

Students who have completed the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree with a cumulative grade point of 2.0 or better will receive transfer credit for all college-level courses in which a grade of “D” or better has been earned. Students who have not earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree will receive transfer credit only for those college-level courses in which a grade of “C” or better has been earned.

Admission to a given institution, however, does not guarantee that a transfer student will automatically be admitted to all majors, minors or fields of concentration at the institution. Once admitted, transfer students shall be subject to the same regulations governing applicability of catalog requirements as all other students. Furthermore, transfer students shall be accorded the same class standing and other privileges as all students on the basis of the number of credits earned. All residency requirements must be successfully completed at the receiving institution prior to the granting of a degree.

Transfer Degrees

Through articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities in the area, Northwest State Community College has developed transfer degrees/programs to provide students the opportunity to complete the first two years at Northwest State and then transfer to another college or university to complete the last two years of a baccalaureate degree. Bluffton College; Bowling Green State University; Defiance College; Franklin University; Lourdes College; and The University of Toledo are a few of the many options available to Northwest State Community College students. NSCC offers the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science Degrees for undecided transfer students.