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From the President

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Response to College Senate Recommendation: Revision to Transfer Student Policy

At its April 13, 2018, meeting, the College Senate voted to recommend to the president a revision to DOPS Policy I:01:05: Transfer Students (PDF, 86 KB). The revision is included in number 4 of the “Proposed Revision” section below.

WHEREAS, students may transfer from institutions where they have been granted clemency for courses previously taken or excluded from due to course repeat policy, which means the courses are excluded from overall credit earned and not factored into their overall GPA; and

WHEREAS, courses for which students have been granted clemency or excluded from due to course repeat policy may be included on a transcript; however, they should be excluded from transfer consideration, and

WHEREAS, Buffalo State has not been accepting courses that fall under clemency or have been excluded under course repeat policy; however, the current policy does not reflect this standard practice;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Buffalo State amend its DOPS Policy on Transfer Students to clarify current and best practice surrounding courses excluded on transferring institution transcripts and transfer credit.

DIRECTORY OF POLICY STATEMENTS
Policy Number: I:01:05
Subject: Transfer Students (section of full policy)

Current Policy
Transfer students should understand that only credit is transferable. Credit is granted only from institutions listed on the application for admission. Grades, quality points, and cumulative averages do not transfer. Credit hours previously earned will be evaluated for all transfer students upon admission to college. Most credit hours earned at other institutions will be accepted, although the college cannot guarantee how credit hours earned at two-year institutions will relate to bachelor’s degree requirements. The most common cases in which transfer credit hours are not accepted are as follows:

1. Developmental courses in mathematics, English, and learning skills
2. Courses in theology or religion with sectarian emphasis
3. Courses in programs that do not exist at Buffalo State

Proposed Revision
Transfer students should understand that only credit is transferable. Credit is granted only from institutions listed on the application for admission. Grades, quality points, and cumulative averages do not transfer. Credit hours previously earned will be evaluated for all transfer students upon admission to college. Most credit hours earned at other institutions will be accepted, although the college cannot guarantee how credit hours earned at two-year institutions will relate to bachelor’s degree requirements. The most common cases in which transfer credit hours are not accepted are as follows:

1. Developmental courses in mathematics, English, and learning skills
2. Courses in theology or religion with sectarian emphasis
3. Courses in programs that do not exist at Buffalo State
4. Courses excluded (e.g., clemency, course repeat policy) on the transcript from the transferring institution

I hereby accept the recommendation of the College Senate to revise the current transfer policy to exclude courses that are excluded on the transcript from the transferring institution. I charge the provost with the responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the policy revisions and communication to the campus community as appropriate.

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