AACRAO Issues Updated Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit

AACRAO, along with the American Council on Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, issued a joint statement Friday on the transfer and award of credit. The topic, which has drawn increasing criticism in recent years, is one of growing importance as more and more students are pursuing their education in a variety of institutional and extra-institutional settings, Inside Higher Ed reported.

Originally written in 2001, the statement required an update to address current and future higher education trends. The rewrite aims to identify transfer credit best practices and to provide guiding principles for working with transfer credit and transfer students.

The guidelines are based on an "essential principle" that every college and university determines its own approach to the transfer of credit. Schools should use the recommendations as a tool to develop institutional policies but should not be used in lieu of those policies.

The guidelines encourage institutions to regularly review their transfer practices—with an eye toward fairness to students—while taking into consideration "new sources for learning and alternative assessment methods," the statement said.

"Transfer and award of credit is a concept that increasingly involves transfer between dissimilar institutions and curricula and recognition of extra-institutional learning, as well as transfer between institutions and curricula with similar characteristics. As their personal circumstances and educational objectives change, students seek to have their learning, wherever and however attained, recognized by institutions where they enroll for further study," the groups said. "It is important for reasons of social equity and educational effectiveness for all institutions to develop reasonable and well-articulated policies and procedures for the consideration of credit for such learning experiences, as well as for the potential transfer of credits earned at another institution."


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