General Principles for Transfer Credit and Articulation Agreements
General Principles for Transfer Credit
- Transfer credit will be evaluated and recorded by the Enrollment Services Office once all official transcripts are on file in Enrollment Services. Transfer credit for courses with a grade of “D” cannot be accurately determined until all official transcripts are on file and the cumulative grade point average has been calculated. Students should have all institutions attended forward an official transcript to Enrollment Services as quickly as possible to facilitate this process. Students may check their transfer credits online through their Jefferson State student account.
- Transfer credit will be awarded based on the following criteria.
- Coursework transferred or accepted for credit toward a program must represent collegiate coursework relevant to the formal award, with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in the institution’s own degree and certificate programs. A course completed at other regionally or duly accredited post-secondary institutions with a passing grade will be accepted for transfer as potentially creditable toward graduation requirements.
- A transfer student from a collegiate institution not accredited by the appropriate regional association or duly accredited post-secondary institution may request an evaluation of transfer credits after completing 15 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.
- A transfer grade of “D” will only be accepted when the transfer student’s cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above. If the student has a cumulative 2.0 or above, the “D” grade will be accepted the same as for native students.
- Courses included in the Approved Alabama General Studies Committee General Course Listing for which Jefferson State Community College does not have an equivalent course will be accepted as a core requirement for the appropriate core area in the General Education Core.
- The transfer course must be 6 or more quarter hours or 4 semester hours to satisfy the requirements of a 4 semester hour course at Jefferson State; 4 or more quarter hours or 3 or more semester hours to satisfy the requirements of a 3 semester hour course at Jefferson State; 3 or more quarter hours or 2 semester hours to satisfy the requirements of a 2 semester hour course at Jefferson State; 2 or more quarter hours or 1 semester hour to satisfy the requirement of a 1 semester hour course at Jefferson State. Exceptions must be requested by the student and approved by the advisor, appropriate chairperson/associate dean/dean and the dean of instruction.
- The criteria for awarding credit for work completed at international colleges and universities are the same as for institutions within the United States. Students must obtain a “Catalog Match” evaluation report from Education Perspectives. Their website is www.edperspective.org/jscc.
- Credit may be awarded based on previous formal training. Examples include military training, Community College of the Air Force, Police Academy, and Fire College Certifications.
- STARS stands for Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reporting System. STARS is a web-accessible database system which provides guidance and direction for prospective transfer students in the State of Alabama.
The STARS System allows public two-year students in Alabama to obtain a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of their choice. This guide/agreement, if used correctly, guides the student through their first two years of coursework and prevents loss of credit hours upon transfer to the appropriate public four-year university in Alabama. Although transfer guides/agreements can only be printed for two-year to four-year transfers, the STARS system can still provide guidance and direction to transfer students who have a different transfer situation.
The Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC) is responsible for the oversight and monitoring of the STARS System. The information that students receive from the STARS System has been approved by the AGSC.