SACS Principles of Accreditation

Section IV: COC Programs

3.4.4 The institution has a defined and published policy for evaluating, awarding, and accepting credit for transfer, experiential learning, advanced placement, and professional certificates that is consistent with its mission and ensures that course work and learning outcomes are at the collegiate level and comparable to the institution's own degree programs. The institution assumes responsibility for the academic quality of any course work or credit recorded on the institution's transcript.



JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE

Compliance.

NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE

The University has a defined and published policy for evaluating and awarding credit for transfer, experiential learning, advanced placement and professional certificates. The policy framework is consistent with the Institutional Mission as "... a strategic point of delivery for well-defined programs and services that improve the quality of life for citizens of the border region, the State of Texas, and national and international communities".

Transfer
The University’s admission policy for transfer students requires an applicant to have official transcripts sent from all previous institutions (Catalog 2004-2005, Division of Student Affairs, Transfer Student Admission).

The transfer of courses from other Texas institutions to the University is guided and controlled by the general provisions of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Rules and Regulations regarding transfer of credit, core curriculum and field of study courses.

A student who successfully completes the core curriculum of another state-assisted institution of higher education in Texas may transfer that block of courses to the University. The student will receive academic credit for each of the courses transferred. A student transferring to the University who has not completed the common core curriculum will be required to complete his or her common core curriculum as specified by the University.(Catalog 2004-2005, Academic Regulations - Undergraduate, Transfer of the Core Curriculum)

To facilitate transfer, the field of study curricula, as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, has been incorporated into the appropriate bachelor degree programs at the University.

Each year, a brochure entitled “Texas A&M International University 2003-2004 Texas Common Course Numbers Equivalency Chart and Transfer Information” is published by the University. The brochure links the freshman and sophomore level courses taught at the University with the corresponding Texas Common Course Number, based on the Texas Common Course Numbering System, and the corresponding course number at Laredo Community College (LCC). Over 75 percent of the University’s transfer students come from LCC.

The University maintains an Outreach Office on the LCC campus with a full-time advisor available to assist students who are interested in transferring to the University using the TAMIU and LCC Degree Guide, 2004-2005. These guides provide the equivalencies for the first two years of academic work applicable to baccalaureate programs and are available at the Outreach Office and at the LCC Advising Office. All students admitted as transfers are provided information regarding advisement and are encouraged to set an appointment with a degree audit assistant in the Office of the University Registrar.

Transfer of Graduate Level Study
Six hours of graduate level study with a minimum grade of 3.0 (“B”) on a 4.0 scale may be transferred, with the consent of the Department Chair, from other accredited institutions of higher education. (Catalog 2004-2005, Academic Regulations-Graduate, Transfer of Graduate-Level Study)

Experiential Learning
Students pursing the degree of Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences may be granted vocational/technical field credit for work experience. Approval of credit is determined by a faculty committee in the College of Arts and Sciences (Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences)

Advanced Placement
Policies and procedures guiding the awarding of credit by examination are published in the University Catalog in the section regarding Programs for Academic Support and Enrichment. Credit is awarded through the following examination programs:

Professional Certificate
The University permits articulation from selected professional certification and registries to the baccalaureate completion track in nursing (R.N. to B.S.N. completion program). Students admitted to the University must complete requirements at the upper division level to assess prior learning and to gain eligibility for program admission. With successful completion of the designated assessment courses, the appropriate academic departments recommend the award of University credit for comparable lower division courses in the discipline. The B.S.N. program undertaking the articulation of professional certification/licensure/registry offers all courses to which equivalent credit will be assigned.





SUPPORT DOCUMENTATION


SOURCE

LOCATION/Special Instructions

Institutional Mission http://www.tamiu.edu/general.shtml#Mission
Catalog 2004-2005, Division of Student Affairs, Transfer Student Admission http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/divofstuaffrs.shtml#tsa
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules and Regulations http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/ctc/ip/core11_00/index.htm
Catalog 2004-2005, Academic Regulations - Undergraduate, Transfer of the Core Curriculum http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/acadreg-und.shtml#tcc

TAMIU brochure “Texas Common Course Numbers Equivalency Chart and Transfer Information”

SACS Documentation Room
(Killam Library Room 334-C)

The Texas Common Course Numbering System brochure SACS Documentation Room
(Killam Library Room 334-C)
Texas Common Course Numbering System http://www.tccns.org/ccn/TCCNS_FOR_PDF/
Matrix_Book_Sections/section_3.pdf
TAMIU and LCC Degree Guide, 2003-2004 SACS Documentation Room
(Killam Library Room 334-C)

Catalog 2004-2005, Academic Regulations-Graduate, Transfer of Graduate-Level Study

http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/acadreg-grad.shtml#tg

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/ba-apply-art-sci.shtml#baas
Advanced Placement Program http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/pase.shtml#app
College Level Examination Program http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/pase.shtml#clep
University of Wisconsin College Level Spanish Language
Placement Test
http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/pase.shtml#uwclst
Departmental Examinations http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/pase.shtml#depexams
ACE II - RN to BSN Mobility Exams http://www.nln.org/testprods/aceindex.htm