Credit Transfer

transfer-stats.gifCredit Transfer is the Ohio Board of Regents initiative to manage, direct and promote all programs related to and because of the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy created in response to legislative concerns over the ability of students to transfer effectively between Ohio’s public post-secondary institutions of higher education.

Helping Students

By building a comprehensive credit transfer system, the University System of Ohio helps students customize an educational pathway that fits their needs and budget.

Knowing in advance that the courses and programs taken at one of Ohio’s public institutions will transfer around the state, gives students the flexibility of choosing lower-cost and more convenient options. Students are able to accumulate credits from an inexpensive community college or branch campus prior to transferring to a four-year university that is often within 30 miles of each other.

In addition to saving money, students who take advantage of easy transfer are more likely to excel academically and graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

By taking advantage of the easy and flexible transfer options within the University System of Ohio’s 14 universities, 24 regional campuses and 23 community colleges, students – from high school graduates to returning adults – can establish a clear pathway for gaining the skills and knowledge necessary for a productive and satisfying future.

Resources for Administrators

  • An Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council (PDF) was created to facilitate and guide the efforts that will ease credit transfer among Ohio's institutions of higher education.
  • Academic Calendar Conversion - Articulation and Transfer is working to make the transition from quarters to semesters for 17 institutions as smooth as possible. See our calendar conversion Web pages for more information on this historic transition.
  • The Transfer Guarantee Reporting Systems is a resource to help students, parents, admissions officers, counselors, academic advisors, registrars, and other college and university personnel with the transfer of credits by identifying statewide guarantees for the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) and Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) initiatives.
  • The Ohio Transfer Module (OTM), which is a subset or a complete set of a public college's or university's general education requirement that represents a common body of knowledge and academic skills, is comprised of 36-40 semester hours or 54-60 quarter hours of courses in the following fields: English composition and oral communication; mathematics, statistics and formal/symbolic logic; arts and humanities; social and behavioral sciences; and natural sciences. Additional elective hours from among the five areas make up the total hours for a completed Transfer Module. 
  • The Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs) include the Ohio Transfer Module – both required and elective courses, and then moves beyond those courses into additional hours in pre-major and major courses. Courses in a TAGs are guaranteed to transfer and apply directly to the major. In its totality, the TAGs become a guaranteed pathway for students and is a very powerful advising tool for faculty and other advisors. There are 42 TAGs in 8 specific discipline areas presently involving 3,900 plus approved matches. The TAGs are developed, approved, and monitored by Ohio's public institutions for higher education.
  • Career-Technical Credit Transfer (CT)2 - Legislation directs the Ohio Board of Regents to work collaboratively with the Ohio Department of Education, public adult and secondary career technical education, and state-supported institutions of higher education to establish criteria, policies, and procedures to transfer agree-upon technical courses from one system to another. Presently five areas of transfer are being developed: Nursing, Engineering Technology, Medical Assisting, Information Technology (Networking), and Automotive Technology. 
  • Advanced Placement (AP) - Legislation passed in 2007 and taking effect in the fall of 2009 guarantees college credit for any of the 36 Advanced Placement tests currently available from the College Board. Any Ohio student attending an Ohio public institution of higher education who scores a '3' or higher on an AP test will receive this credit, which will usually count towards the general education curriculum, and in many instances the Ohio Transfer Module credit, or even a TAG.
  • Articulation and Transfer Research tracks transfer movements among institutions in the University System of Ohio (USO). The research also measures the benefits of transfers – cost-savings, for example – and evaluates state initiatives such as the Advanced Placement (AP) policy or the Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs).
  • IBEW-NECA Electrical Trades Apprenticeship Pathway to a Technical Associate Degree - The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)-National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Electrical Apprenticeship program is the first apprenticeship program to have a statewide agreement for articulation and transfer. Approved programs will be listed on these pages. Statewide agreements for other apprenticeship programs will be considered in the coming year.
  • The Articulation and Transfer Clearinghouse (ATC) is being developed to support Articulation and Transfer policies.
  • Bringing Down the Silos: a Primer on Credit Transfer and Student Mobility - This primer was written by Dr. Jonathan Tafel, retired Vice Chancellor for Educational Linkages and Access at the Ohio Board of Regents. It was prepared with support provided by the Ohio Board of Regents and the University of Cincinnati.
  • Awarding of College Credit for Military Training/Experience and Credit-by-Examinations - Since the introduction of Ohio GI Promise, all 36 Ohio public colleges and universities are now members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. The University System of Ohio is committed to the acceptance and awarding of college credit for military training and experience, as well as for College-Level Examiniation Programs (CLEP). The University System of Ohio is exploring eFolio Student Portal that could assist servicemembers and their families in creating a pathway to a college degree and portfolio to record prior-learning experience.
  • A downloadable List of Registrars and Transfer Credit Coordinators (Excel) at Ohio's Public Institutions.
  • The OATN Knowledge Base (KB) is an information repository that provides a means for information to be collected, organized, shared, searched and utilized. The KB has been developed for Ohio's Public Institutions and will apply to both the Articulation and Transfer Clearinghouse (ATC) and the Course Equivalency Management System (CEMS)