Transferring from one Oklahoma college or university to another has gotten even easier for many of Oklahoma’s college students. That’s because the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, meeting today at the Charles B. Goddard Center for the Arts in Ardmore, accepted the addition of 417 courses to those transferable among state colleges and universities.
“With the addition of more than 400 transferable courses, our students will experience a smoother transition from one institution to another, which will allow many of them the opportunity to graduate from college quicker and enter the workforce sooner,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “The faculty members who worked closely on this endeavor during the last year are to be commended for their dedication and commitment to making students’ college careers more successful and for their focus on meeting the state’s goal of producing more college graduates.”
The additional courses, which cover 33 disciplines and span 132 subject areas, bring to 5,343 the total number of transferable courses offered, an increase of 235 percent since fall 1995 when 1,594 transferable courses were available. Last year, there were 4,926 transferable courses. One new disciple, statistics, was added for 2003-04, and many new applied music courses were added to the music discipline.
Transferable courses are similar in content and skill level at each institution where they are offered, and they are guaranteed to transfer among institutions that sponsor those courses.
“We are extremely pleased with the progress that our colleges and universities have made during these last eight years in making more courses available for transfer,” State Regents’ Chairman Carl Renfro said. “Every student attending college in Oklahoma should benefit from this action plan, which reinforces student access to Oklahoma’s comprehensives institutions, regional universities and two-year colleges and helps shorten the time it takes for them to obtain a degree.”
The State Regents’ plan on improving student transfer began in 1996 in a report to the State Legislature detailing a comprehensive action plan that would alleviate some of the obstacles students face when transferring within the state system of higher education. That report led to a second progress report in December 1997, which focused on the implementation phase of the plan, known as the “Course Equivalency Project.”
Under the Course Equivalency Project, which operates on a yearly cycle, up to 500 faculty representing the entire state system and several independent institutions meet by discipline each fall to update curricula and establish new course equivalencies. Once the various curriculum committees complete their reports and various academic groups review and approve committee recommendations, the State Regents accept the course equivalency reports at the beginning of each year and then distribute the information to the colleges and universities in the spring.
The Course Equivalency Project gained national attention in 1997 when Campus and University featured it in an article titled,” A comprehensive Approach to Facilitate Student Transfer Within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.” It also received the Governor’s Commendation Award in 1999 for demonstrating innovation and efficiency.
Information pertaining to transferable courses is available on higher education’s Web site at www.okhighered.org under “Student Center” or by calling the transfer hotline number at 1-800-583-5883.