3.4.4 The institution publishes policies that include criteria for evaluating,
awarding, and accepting credit for transfer, experiential learning,
credit by examination, 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. (Acceptance of academic credit)
Findings of the Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee
The institution publishes policies that include criteria for evaluating credit for transfer courses. All articulation agreements require faculty review of course syllabi from the transferring institution to ensure course quality and compatibility with University of New Orleans offerings. The Louisiana Board of Regents compiles a statewide general education, natural sciences, and business course articulation matrix that lists hundreds of courses and their equivalents at every two- and four-year state institution. This was located on the UNO website. An example of an articulation agreement was provided and verified.
The institution publishes policies that include criteria for awarding credit for transfer courses. In general, the University accepts all credits awarded by a regionally accredited institution. To facilitate transfer of credit, the University has developed articulation agreements which indicate course equivalencies. All articulation agreements require faculty review of course syllabi from the transferring institution to ensure course quality and compatibility with University of New Orleans offerings.
The institution publishes policies that include criteria for awarding credit for experiential learning. The University does not evaluate experiential learning portfolios. However, for non-traditional educational programs, credit may be awarded on the basis of the successful completion of an appropriate advanced standing examination. Discretion for giving such an examination belongs to the individual academic department. In addition, formal education programs sponsored by non-collegiate organizations (business, industry, government, voluntary, and professional agencies) may be awarded credit if recommended by the American Council on Education.
The institution publishes policies that include criteria for credit by examination, advanced placement, and professional certificates. Students who wish to transfer credits to UNO which were earned in a nontraditional manner (i.e., CLEP Subject or General Examinations, Advanced Placement, or Departmental Examinations),will have these evaluated by the Office of Admissions, through the Office of Academic Affairs, will be granted for Departmental Examinations and CLEP Examinations if the course(s) are listed on the student's official transcript with a passing grade or the equivalent, and are within the policies for credit at the University of New Orleans.
Policies for accepting credit for transfer are listed in the catalog (pg. 184) and the narrative stated that they are posted on the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the University Registrar’s website; however the Off-Site Committee was not able to verify this. Policies for transfer of courses for the Graduate School are included in the catalog on page 773. There is no graduate credit allowed for work done by correspondence study.
Policies are published in the catalog and on the web site. The University requires faculty review of course syllabi from the transferring institution to ensure course quality and compatibility with University of New Orleans offerings. The academic dean of each college maintains a list of courses in the college that have been determined by academic departments to be appropriate for credit by examination. The institution demonstrates responsibility for the academic quality through the Office of Academic Affairs, the University Registrar and the Executive Director of Enrollment Services who share responsibility for the admission of transfer students and the acceptance of transfer credit as applicable toward the degree at the University of New Orleans. The policies for awarding of credit are clear, published and accessible through the website and in the catalog.
The narrative did not address the consistency of the transfer credit policy with the mission of the University or how the policies are developed and evaluated to ensure comparability.
Response and Actions Taken
As requested, information is provided for how the University addresses the consistency of the transfer credit policy with the mission of the University and how the policies are developed and evaluated to ensure comparability.
Consistency of the transfer credit policy with the mission of the University:
Transfer credit evaluation and application toward Program of Study requirements at UNO is consistent with that of the University mission, scope and vision
- as a student-centered, urban research University
- committed to providing educational excellence to a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body
- that grants baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees
- located in a culturally vibrant city
As a public university located in a major city with a variety of other institutions of higher education, transfer students comprise approximately half of the enrolled students at UNO. The transfer procedures are also consistent with the University of Louisiana System ByLaw (Transfer Admission). Transfer credit policy and procedures also support the current Strategic Plan (UNO 2020):
UNO 2020 Strategic Plan, Goal 1:
Ensure high-quality academic programs which will prepare students for success in a globally competitive, multicultural, and changing environment.
UNO 2020 Strategic Plan, Strategy 2:
Provide greater access to educational opportunities for students in metropolitan New Orleans and beyond.
UNO 2020 Strategic Plan, Goal 2:
Provide a supportive and student-centered for high-achieving, diverse, and motivated students that enhance their success.
UNO 2020 Strategic Plan, Strategy 1:
Recruit, enroll and retain high-achieving, diverse, and motivated students.
How the transfer credit policies are developed and evaluated to ensure comparability:
The Louisiana Board of Regents provides a Master Course Articulation Matrix to stipulate how transfer credits are applied from public Louisiana Colleges and Universities. As seen on the Board of Regents website the matrix is updated annually. The application of transfer credit at UNO follows specific guidelines as articulated in university policy found in the University of New Orleans Transfer Manual. These procedures exist to ensure:
1. Consistency in the application of transfer credit
2. The role of each academic unit and/or faculty to include the aforementioned committees in the evaluation of transfer credit
3. Adequate evaluation and review of policy in consideration of the University Mission in relation to existing equivalencies
4. Adequate evaluation and review of policy in consideration of the University Mission in relation to new requests for equivalencies
The Transfer Evaluation System (TES) is a centralized information system tracking all course equivalencies for the primary feeder schools to the University of New Orleans. The TES is managed and maintained by the Office of Admissions and the Office of the Registrar which both report to the Office of Academic Affairs. For those courses that have not been previously articulated in TES, a flowchart from the Transfer Manual describes how comparability of a given course is determined. Note that the process ensures that comparability of coursework is determined by the Departmental Chairs with academic rank for those courses that are not already entered in the Transfer Evaluation System.
All academic policies, including transfer credit, are monitored to ensure alignment with the University Mission through three University Standing Committees (Academic Procedures and Standards Committee, University Courses and Curricula Committee, Graduate Council) as well as the Office of Academic Affairs.