Transferring from one Oklahoma college or university to another is easier now for many of Oklahoma’s undergraduate college students thanks to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Course Equivalency Project (CEP).
The CEP facilitates student transfer by ensuring the maximum number of credit hours and courses easily transfer among both private and public institutions in the state. With an increasingly mobile student population, the CEP assists students in the transfer process from a two-year college to a four-year university or from one four-year institution to another.
Since inception of the CEP in 1997, the State Regents have added more than 8,000 courses in 50 disciplines that are transferable among state system institutions and many independent colleges and universities. Transferable courses share faculty-developed core student learning outcomes at each institution where they are offered, and they are guaranteed to transfer among institutions that offer those courses and list them as part of the CEP. A recently launched website, showwhatyouknowok.org, will make the CEP more user-friendly, with easier search functions for transfer courses.
“Oklahoma students often enroll at multiple higher education institutions throughout their academic career, and the State Regents’ Course Equivalency Project simplifies that process,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “The Course Equivalency Project brings faculty together to discuss course content and student learning outcomes in order to determine course compatibility among our college and university campuses, which promotes more seamless transfer of credit hours and courses among institutions. This, in turn, allows students to complete their college degrees and enter the workforce more quickly.”
The State Regents’ plan to improve student transfer began in 1996 with 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 CEP.
Under the CEP, which operates on a yearly cycle, up to 500 faculty members from across the state meet to discuss courses that will transfer among institutions. Once the curriculum committees for each discipline complete their reports and various academic groups review and approve committee recommendations, the State Regents accept the course equivalency reports and distribute the information to the colleges and universities each spring. The information is also available on the State Regents’ website to assist students planning to transfer college courses.
For more information about the CEP, visit www.OKCourseTransfer.org.