Institutional and state policies govern the transfer of general education credits and are found in the catalog.
Transferring Credit for the General Education Requirement (Articulation Policy):
East Central participates with certain other Oklahoma institutions in a reciprocal transfer agreement. By virtue of this agreement a student who has completed his or her general education requirement and received an associate degree in Arts or Science at one of the participating Oklahoma junior colleges may fulfill East Central University's general education requirement by transferring his or her credit to ECU. An associate degree in Arts and Science from other Oklahoma institutions makes the same general education breadth requirements of ECU. An Applied Science Degree from other institutions does not have the same general education breadth requirements of ECU; thus, does not come within the articulation agreement. Transferring credit for general education does not eliminate or otherwise affect any of the following ECU requirements: (1) prerequisites, either as courses, grades, or other particulars; (2) the requirement peculiar to any given program, including the specific requirements in degree majors and minors and designated related work in these areas; (3) the requirements for teacher certificates. If significant changes have occurred in degree programs since the student earned transfer credit, he or she may have to earn other credit. Not included in this transfer arrangement are vocational and technical junior college programs and other programs not primarily designated for students intending to transfer to bachelor's degree programs.
Transferring Credit from Accredited Institutions: A student may transfer from approved institutions up to 94 semester hours of approved credit toward a degree or a program. No more than 64 hours of the transferred credit may be earned at junior colleges. No more than 32 hours of the transferred junior college credit may be earned at one-year junior colleges. A student may transfer credit from a junior college only if the credit is in courses that are lower-division courses at East Central.
Transferring Credit from Unaccredited Institutions: After attempting at least fifteen hours at East Central with a grade average of "C" or higher, a student may ask to have credits transferred from unaccredited institutions. If his or her request is approved, he or she may transfer credit generally on the basis of credit acceptance policies described in :Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions," a publication of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Credit is evaluated on a course-by-course basis and is usually granted only toward specific requirements in the general education, major and/or minor areas.
Evaluation of Courses: The evaluation and acceptance of general education courses for transfer credit are done solely by the university Registry office. In addition to giving transfer credit through the Articulation Agreement, as mentioned above, transfer credit is only allowed for general education courses that are equivalent to courses found in the general education requirements of the university. This is done on a course by course basis. Maintaining the breadth of general education transfer credits is assured since courses between academic disciplines cannot be approved as equivalent course substitutions.
Other than General Education:
Statewide Transfer Initiative: In addition to the policies defined above, the OSRHE have initiated a statewide transfer matrix that identifies equivalent courses from all state higher educational institutions. This permits both students and university officials to readily determine course equivalencies in general education as well as many academic disciplines.
Legal Studies Transfer Policy for “Legal Specialty” Coursework:
This policy is subject to change. Please consult the Program Director for current information.
The department may accept legal specialty course work completed at other American Bar Association-approved legal assistant educational programs. Unless otherwise approved by the Director, legal specialty course work completed at other institutions will be accepted in lieu of a maximum of 12 units of legal specialty course work completed in the department. The student must have earned a final grade of “C” or better in the course. The student is required to submit documentation of the material covered in the course work at other institutions. Such documentation may include titles of textbooks, course syllabus, papers or other written work, and other materials that help determine whether courses are comparable to courses within the department. A minimum of 10 units of legal specialty course work must be completed in a traditional classroom setting to meet East Central University Legal Studies degree requirements. Acceptance of course work from other institutions is subject to the approval of the Director.
Credit will be refused for courses taken more than six years prior to completion of the program unless the student’s continued proficiency in the area can be demonstrated.
Award of Legal Specialty Coursework Credit by Portfolio
The department may accept legal specialty course work completed at other institutions through demonstration of competency through the submission of a portfolio for a maximum of twelve (12) credit hours unless otherwise approved by the Director. The student must have earned a final grade of “C” or higher in the course. The portfolio may include documentation such as the course syllabus, papers, or other written assignments, tests, and presentations that sufficiently prove comparability to the course offered within the ECU Legal Studies department. The portfolio will be reviewed by the Director of Politics, Law and Society Department Coordinator or Legal Studies Advisory Committee chairperson to determine comparability and the award of credit. A minimum of 10 units of legal specialty course work must be completed in a traditional classroom setting to meet East Central University Legal Studies graduation requirements.