2.5 Transfer Credit Policy

East Central College is committed to assisting student transfer to and from East Central College and facilitating credit transfer to and from other post secondary institutions. Transfer in credit will be analyzed in terms of level, course content, comparability and compatibility with degree programs and course offerings at East Central College.

A. Transfer In Credit Procedures

1) Courses completed at any Missouri public institution in compliance with the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s guidelines and agreements concerning the transfer and articulation of credit will be accepted in transfer if appropriate to a student’s program of study.

2) Courses completed at any institution maintaining current articulation agreements with East Central College will be accepted in transfer as outlined in the agreement.

3) Courses completed at any regionally accredited institution will be reviewed for course equivalency and program relevance and accepted for transfer accordingly.

4) Courses completed at non-regionally accredited institutions will be reviewed as follows:
i. The transfer institution’s accreditation status will be examined.
ii. Information provided by the school or the student regarding the completed coursework (e.g. transcripts, catalog descriptions, course syllabi, faculty credentials, etc.) will be distributed to the appropriate program/academic department official for recommendation to the Chief Academic Officer.
iii. After an evaluation has been completed and the results communicated to the student, the student may appeal the decision regarding transfer to the Registrar and the Chief Academic Officer.

5) Courses completed at a foreign institution will be reviewed as follows:
i. Student is required to provide an official transcript, along with an English translation, and an explanation of the foreign institution’s grading procedures.
ii. Information regarding the completed coursework will be distributed to the appropriate program/academic department official for recommendation to the Chief Academic Officer.
iii. After an evaluation has been completed and the results communicated to the student, the student may appeal the decision regarding transfer to the Registrar or the Chief Academic Officer. Such an appeal will require a review through an international credit evaluation service, as directed by the Registrar’s Office. The cost of the evaluation must be paid by the student prior to the evaluation.

6) Experiential learning will be reviewed as follows:
i. Student will submit a written request to the Registrar describing the experiential learning and provide supporting documentation. Student will make a formal request for course/credit equivalency.
ii. Information regarding the request will be distributed to the appropriate program/academic department official for recommendation to the Chief Academic Officer.
iii. After an evaluation has been completed and the results communicated to the student, the student may appeal the decision regarding transfer to the Registrar and the Chief Academic Officer.

7) Military credit will be reviewed as follows:
i. Student will provide an official copy of his/her DD214 and/or a transcript from his/her military service.
ii. Courses completed through the military will be reviewed for course equivalency and program relevance using ACE credit recommendations and accepted for transfer accordingly.
iii. After an evaluation has been completed and the results communicated to the student, the student may appeal the decision regarding transfer to the Registrar and the Chief Academic Officer.

8) Dual credit coursework will be reviewed based on the policies and guidelines of the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) with respect to the transfer in of dual credit coursework. Limitations and exclusions may apply based on the MDHE policy and guidelines statements.

9) All other incoming credit transfer requests not covered by the aforementioned procedures must be made in writing to the Registrar’s office.

(Adopted 8-31-2009)