Minnesota’s colleges and universities are working to make transfer easier. Students can help if they plan ahead, ask questions, and use the established pathways created by transfer agreements.
Transfer students are students who have attended an accredited college or university and have earned credit. Transfer students must follow the same admissions requirements as new students along with submitting transcripts and meeting with the SCC Transfer Coordinator for the purpose of evaluating previous college transcripts.
Understanding How Transfer of Credits Works
- The receiving college or university decides what credits transfer and whether those credits meet its degree requirements. The accreditation of both the sending and the receiving institution can affect the transfer of the credits.
- Institutions accept credits from courses and programs like those they offer. They look for similarity in course goals, content, and level. “Like” transfer to “like.”
- Not everything that transfers will help a student graduate. Baccalaureate degree programs usually count credits in three categories: general education; major/minor courses and prerequisites; and electives. The key question is, “Will the credits fulfill requirements of the degree or program the student has chosen?”
- If a student changes career goals or major, he or she might not be able to complete all degree requirements within the usual number of graduation credits.
Applying for Transfer Admission
- Completing an Application for Admission is always the first step in transfering. The student should fill out the application as early as possible to meet the deadline. Enclosing the application fee is essential.
- Official transcripts should be sent from every institution the student has attended. A high school transcript or GED is required as well.
- Students shall provide documentation (course syllabus, course description, common course outline) from the college or university for the course to be transferred.
- The student should confirm that all necessary documentation has been supplied. No transfer decisions will be made until all required documents are in the applicant’s file.
- After the college notifies the student that he or she has been accepted for admission, submitted transcript credits will be evaluated for transferable equivalency.
- Students will receive a copy of their revised South Central College Transcript or DARS Report indicating courses that transferred to meet program requirements.
- If the student has questions about his or her evaluation, the student should speak with the transfer coordinator. The student can ask why judgments were made about specific courses. Many concerns can be cleared up if the student understands why the decisions were made. If not satisfied, the student can appeal.
Transfer of Credit
Credits for transfer from MnSCU colleges and universities shall follow the MnSCU Undergraduate Transfer Policy. South Central College will also review transfer of credit for courses from colleges and universities that are not a part of MnSCU. Credits will be accepted based on comparability and applicability. Course goals, content, and level must be similar. The official evaluation will be completed upon admission to SCC.
- Students requesting credit transfers must have an official transcript from all previously attended colleges submitted to the Admissions Office.
- Evaluation of transfer is done upon initial admission to SCC. Any subsequent request for evaluation must be submitted on a Transfer Evaluation form to the Registrar’s Office.
- Students may schedule an appointment with the Registrar’s Office Transfer Specialist.
- Students may appeal the decision of the Transfer Credit Evaluation as outlined in the MnSCU Undergraduate Transfer Policy.
Determining Course Comparability or Equivalency
As a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, South Central College abides by the guidelines provided by the MnSCU office. The following procedures will be followed to determine equivalencies of courses transferred into South Central College.
- The student asking for a course to be accepted at South Central College must provide a common course outline and/or a syllabus for the course. As much information as possible should be provided about the course by the student so that there can be a complete, accurate and expedited assessment of the course equivalencies. Delays in providing this information will results in delays in assessment of the course equivalencies. Inadequate and incomplete information could result in South Central College determining that a course is not acceptable for transfer.
- The common course outline and/or syllabus and any other supporting information provided by the student will be forwarded to the appropriate faculty to be reviewed.
- The faculty will complete a straightforward comparison of the course outcomes. After comparing the course outcomes, if the course meets at least 75% of the outcomes of a similar course at SCC, the course will transfer as equivalent to an SCC course. The transferred course does not have to meet all outcomes or criteria established in the SCC course, only 75% of the outcomes. Other matters cannot be considered in determining equivalency, such as delivery method, credits, number of lectures spent on a topic, quality of labs, or other concerns that might be expressed regarding the transferring course. It must be assumed that if another MnSCU institution has determined that sufficient rigor exists, the class will be determined transferable to SCC as long as the course meets 75% of the outcome equivalencies.
- In determining the equivalency of a course based on meeting 75% of the outcomes of the South Central course, South Central faculty will specifically state what outcomes are met and what outcomes are not met to clearly illustrate whether or not the stated goal of 75% equivalency has or has not been met. This information will be provided in writing to the Transfer Coordinator for reference purposes if future requests for transferability occur regarding the assessed course. A new assessment of the course will take place only if there is clear evidence that substantial changes have been made to the transferring course’s outcomes, or to the outcomes of the South Central course.
- If a course is determined to be transferable using the 75% criteria as described above, but other concerns are expressed by SCC faculty regarding the course’s rigor and ability to meet the educational needs of SCC students, these concerns should be noted and considered in advising students who are contemplating taking the course that would be transferred. These concerns should not preclude acceptance of the transferability of the course, but should play a significant role in how students are advised regarding their education and their ability to succeed at South Central after taking the course.
Transferring Courses After Initial Admission to SCC
After initially being admitted to SCC, if a student completes coursework at other colleges, official transcripts must be sent to SCC from each institution attended in order for courses to be evaluated for transfer. These transcripts will be reviewed for program requirement transferability. Confirmation of transferred coursework will be documented on the student transcript and DARS Report.
SCC will accept any credits defined within approved, formal articulation agreements it has with a sending institution.
Occupational/Professional Course Credits
SCC may accept up to 16 occupational and/or professional credits as electives. SCC may accept more than 16 if it is determined they contribute to an educationally coherent program. Accreditation
Transfer equivalencies for regionally accredited and non-regionally accredited institutions will follow SCC’s course comparability and equivalency policy. SCC will consider credits granted for prior learning or test-out on a case-by-case basis.
Institution Outside the United States
In order to review credits granted by institutions outside the United States, SCC requires an official evaluation be done by the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). The ECE transcript must be submitted to SCC for review. Waiver for English and Speech requirements will not be made based on coursework completed from institutions outside the United States.
Developmental (College Readiness) Courses
Developmental courses will not be granted college-level credit and they will not apply to certificate, diploma, or degree program completion requirements.
Transfer of MNTC and other courses
Public colleges and universities in Minnesota have developed a common liberal arts education curriculum called the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Completion of this defined transfer curriculum (40 credits) at one institution enables a student to receive credit for all lower-division general education requirements upon admission to any other Minnesota public institution.
The Transfer Curriculum is intended to achieve 10 distinct goals. Each goal is described in the Liberal Arts program section of this catalog, along with a current list of SCC courses that are assigned an MNTC goal area.
Individual courses from other MnSCU colleges and from the University of Minnesota transfer to South Central College into the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Such courses transfer according to the MnTC goal areas designated for them by the other schools and may meet the entire MnTC, a specific goal area, or individual course. Once a MnSCU institution has assigned a MnTC goal area to courses from a regionally accredited institution, that MNTC classification must be honored at SCC.
Courses from non-regionally accredited institutions may be re-evaluated for MNTC classification, regardless of any other MnSCU assignment of an MNTC goal area. In addition, there is no guarantee that courses from private and non-Minnesota colleges will satisfy MnTC goals, even if the courses may be transferable as electives. Such courses are evaluated on an individual basis.
The student must have received a passing grade of ‘D-‘ (.66) in order to transfer a specific MNTC course. The student must have received a grade of ‘C-’ (1.66) or better in order to transfer a non-MNTC course. Specific program requirements must also be met, including additional GPA requirements.
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
If you submit official transcripts from schools that you previously attended, the Transfer Coordinator will evaluate your prior coursework for transfer into your degree here at South Central College. Once evaluated, your transfer credits will show on your Degree Audit Report (DARS), which can be viewed online and printed. DARS is a self-advising tool that greatly simplifies the preparation of student transfer and graduation. It is an automated process for tracking your academic progress toward completing your degree at SCC. Your DARS report can be viewed online by going to www.students.southcentral.edu, and select MnSCU Account Login.
Transfer Appeal Process
If a student is not satisfied with the courses transferred in the outcome of the above Transfer of Credit process, the appeal process is as follows:
- Meet with the Transfer Coordinator to provide clarification of the transfer. The clarification process involves faculty input and evaluation of the course description. The Transfer Coordinator may require the student to produce a copy of course syllabi, and may do additional research on the course in question. The Transfer Coordinator may or may not transfer additional classes after this meeting. If the student is not satisfied with the end result of this meeting, they may proceed to the next step.
- Submit a written appeal (using the Transfer Course Evaluation Appeal Form) to the SCC Appeal Committee regarding the result of the transfer. The Committee (Dean of Students, Academic Dean, Registrar) will examine what courses have been completed and determine if any further action is necessary.
- An appeal at the MnSCU Level is available if the college level appeal is not successful. Information can be found at www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/321p1.html