3.19 Transfer of Credit
It is the policy of Alexandria Technical and Community College to accept the transfer of credits from a Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) course and also to review course credits from regionally and non-regionally accredited educational institutions for possible transfer of credit using the following procedure.
All courses that are applicable to the student's major are transferred in to meet program requirements.
The Transfer Specialist, along with the Registrar, serves as a credit evaluator to assist students with questions about the transfer of credit. A Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) course, goal area, or entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum must transfer from one Minnesota State College or University to another Minnesota State College or University as determined by the sending institution criteria. Therefore, if a student is certified as completing MnTC course or goal by one Minnesota State College or University, that course or goal must be considered complete at all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Because many courses are sequential, students who transfer in credits will usually still attend school for the standard number of terms to complete majors, but may take fewer credits in some semesters or need to adjust their schedules in some other way. Transfer students who receive financial aid should check with the Financial Aid Office to determine how the transfer impacts their current Status.
Transfer of Credit to Alexandria Technical & Community College
Students who have attended other post-secondary institutions should have official transcripts sent to Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) from all other colleges attended. Courses transferred from other institutions will not impact Alexandria Technical and Community College GPA. In some cases, students will be asked to provide additional information, such as course descriptions or outlines, so that the course content can be reviewed. ATCC will award transfer credit under the following conditions:
- The previous coursework must be from a regionally accredited higher education institution. See 6. for possible exceptions.
- The earned grade must be equivalent to the program grade requirement.
- In order to be considered for transfer, courses must be not less than 75% comparable to courses that are required by ATCC in the student's major or be applicable to goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
- Technical courses must have been successfully completed within the time frame set by the department or be approved by their program advisor.
- In some program areas, general education courses must have been successfully completed within specified timelines.
- ATCC will consider courses for transfer from non-regionally accredited educational institutions under the following conditions:
Note: If a course(s) from a non-regionally accredited institution is accepted to fulfill a degree requirement at ATCC, this does NOT guarantee that another college will also accept the course in transfer.
- Items 2 through 5 listed above must be met.
- The student needs to submit a course outline and a copy of the faculty credential for the course.
- Credit recommendations from military transcripts will be reviewed based on the criteria listed in items 2 through 5 above.
If official transcripts are available prior to the student's Registration/Advising day, transfer evaluation information will be available at that time. Transcripts received after that date will be evaluated as they are received. Incoming students who have not received information about transferability of their previous courses by the beginning of the semester should contact the Transfer Specialist for information.
If a student does not agree with a transfer of credit decision, the Student Appeal Process is in place for him/her to appeal the decision.
Rights of Transfer Student's Appeal Process
Transfer students are entitled to a fair credit review and an explanation of why credits were or were not accepted. If a student believes a course should be accepted in transfer that was not accepted, they have the right to appeal the decision.
Usual appeal process steps are:
- Student fills out an appeals form. Supplemental information, i.e. a course outline, course description or reading list, can help in this process.
- Dean of Academic Affairs, or his/her designee, will review the appeal and notify the student of the outcome of the appeal in writing.
- If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the college, they have the right to appeal to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. (Please contact Academic Affairs for the appropriate paperwork.)
- If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, they have the right to appeal to the Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs at MnSCU. This decision is final. (Please contact the Transfer Specialist for the appropriate paperwork.)
For assistance with transfer issues, including transferring to other institutions, contact the ATCC Transfer Specialist.
In order for the MnTC Curriculum completed notation to be coded on an ATCC transcript, the student must:
- Complete a minimum of six (6) credits of MnTC courses at ATCC.
- Submit a Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) report for all prior courses taken at a MnSCU college to ATCC.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for the MnTC courses. GPA calculations include all transfer courses with a grade of A-D for the MnTC.
Procedure for Students Transferring to Other Institutions
Minnesota's and universities are working to make transfer easier. You can help if you plan ahead, contact the Transfer Specialists at the sending and receiving institutions, and familiarize yourself with transfer agreements and course equivalencies. The following website, www.uSelectmn.org, provides links to Transfer Specialists at all colleges and universities in Minnesota, as well as links to transfer agreements. In addition, this website provides course equivalencies so you can see how your courses fulfill degree requirements at the desired college or university. For general transfer information, check out the web site of the college you wish to transfer to or contact the Alexandria Technical and Community College Transfer Specialist.
Approved by: ATCC Leadership Council
Effective Date: 12/12/13
Last Date Revised: 12/05/13