5-90-030 Acceptance of Transfer Credit

(1) Transfer Credit from Four-Year Institutions

(A) In general, it is the university's policy to accept credits earned through university-level courses at institutions fully accredited by their respective regional accrediting association.

(B) A student may transfer no more than 135 credits, including a maximum of 105 lower division credits to be applied to the 180 credit minimum toward graduation.

(C) Only official transcripts will be used to evaluate credits for degree requirements.

(2) Transfer Credit from Community Colleges

(A) The university will accept a maximum of 105 community college credits. Course work exceeding that amount may be used to satisfy specific requirements but no additional credits will be accepted.

(B) A student cannot earn an associate degree and bachelor degree in the same quarter.

(C) Associate of arts degrees from a college accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in the state of Washington approved by the Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) as a direct transfer agreement (DTA) associate degree will meet the general education requirement of a bachelor’s degree.

(D) Associate of science transfer degrees which are part of direct transfer agreements between CWU and Washington community colleges must meet additional general education requirements for a CWU bachelor’s degree.  (See CWUR 5-90-030(2)(D))

(E) Associate degrees that are not part of the direct transfer agreement, such as career and technical degrees, will not automatically satisfy the general education requirements at CWU.

(F) Academic transfer associate degrees from an accredited college outside the state of Washington may meet the general education requirement of a bachelor’s degree.  Review of the content/distribution of the associate degree is completed by a designee of the Office of the Registrar and recommended approval by the general education committee.

(3) Other Forms of Credit

(A) The university accepts, in a manner consistent with herein-established transfer and equivalency policies, college credit earned while a student is enrolled in high school.

(B) No more than 45 total quarter credits through CLEP® or other sources of non-traditional credit may apply toward graduation.

[Responsibility: Faculty Senate; Authority: Marilyn A. Levine, Provost/VP for Academic & Student Life; Reviewed/Endorsed by Provost’s Council 04/29/2014: Cabinet/UPAC; Review/Effective Date: 06/04/2014; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]

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