Oklahoma college students hoping to transfer to another state public college or university without slowing their progress toward graduation received some good news recently.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced that they have accepted the addition of nearly 1,100 new courses to those already explicitly transferable among state system institutions. The courses cover 36 disciplines including three new ones in American Indian Studies, Film and Video Studies and Geosciences.
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 offer those courses.
The additional courses bring to 6,423 the total number listed in the course matrix, up from 5,343 in the previous year.
“The process of students transferring to other Oklahoma public colleges or universities continues to improve each year, and our goal is a smooth transition for students who transfer from one institution to another,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “These additions make student access easier and may shorten the time it takes some students to obtain a degree.”
“We are extremely pleased with the cooperation and collaboration among state system faculty and staff who meet regularly to discuss ways to help students succeed. By shortening the time it takes for students to graduate, more college graduates become part of the workforce sooner, which in turn helps boost Oklahoma’s economy.”
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 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 and 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 Oklahoma higher education’s Web site at www.okhighered.org under “Student Center” or by calling the transfer hotline number at 1-800-583-5883.