NCMC General Transfer Policy


General Transfer Policy

NCMC considers the “transferability” between colleges and universities as a matter of considerable importance and practice. NCMC also believes the relationship between and among academic disciplines and between levels of coursework must be clear. NCMC strives to assist students in making progress toward their educational objectives without unnecessary disruption or duplication of coursework.

An articulation agreement is a formal arrangement for transfer of a defined set of academic credits between an academic program at NCMC and a program at another college or university. Transfer guidelines facilitate cooperation between colleges and universities for the purpose of accommodating the needs and interests of students who earn credit at one institution and choose to transfer to another. Successful transfer minimizes loss of time and duplication for students and optimizes the use of institutional resources. NCMC transfer policies recognize that each college and university has a separate and distinct mission and that each has the responsibility to establish and maintain academic quality within that mission. Underlying the policy is an attitude of mutual respect and cooperation among the institutions and recognition that the primary objective of articulation agreements is to benefit students.

North Central Missouri College maintains a list of established articulation agreements with other institutions for the transfer of the Associate in Arts, Associate in Arts in Teaching, and Associate in Applied Science degrees, available on the NCMC website.

For further information on articulation and transfer policies between institutions contact: Transfer and Articulation Officer – (660) 359-3948 Ext. 1405 or [email protected] or view the transfer information on the NCMC website.

Transferring Credit to NCMC

The Missouri Higher Education Core Transfer Curriculum is a recommended lower-division core curriculum of forty-two semester credit hours intended to facilitate student transfer among Missouri’s public institutions of higher education. All public colleges and universities have adopted the Core Transfer Curriculum, which is commonly known as CORE 42.

CORE 42 is comprised of dozens of courses distributed across five knowledge areas. These courses are designated with a Missouri Transfer (MOTR) course number and icon, which guarantees the one-to-one transfer of these courses among all Missouri public institutions of higher education.

NCMC accepts credit earned from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. All courses designated as MOTR courses by sending institutions will be accepted in transfer. Courses outside the designated Missouri Transfer Core Curriculum will be accepted in transfer when the courses are:

  • Lower division, credit-bearing courses equal in content to current NCMC coursework.
  • Lower division, credit-bearing courses with a grade of “D” or higher.

Lower division, credit-bearing courses with content that does not equal NCMC coursework will be transcripted as a block of lower division coursework.

Coursework from institutions on a quarter hour system will be converted to semester hours using a two-thirds conversion factor for transfer to NCMC.

Credit may be accepted from institutions accredited by other agencies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation when course content, rigor, and learning outcomes are equivalent to NCMC courses.

Transferred-in credit is not used to calculate a student’s grade point average for academic standing at NCMC. All grades, including any received from other higher education institutions, will be considered for athletic eligibility and used to calculate the cumulative grade point average required for graduates in the Associate in Arts in Teaching program.

Foreign College and University Credit

North Central Missouri College staff does not evaluate foreign transcripts. Students seeking credit must have their foreign transcripts evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service, nationally accredited in the United States, and submit an official copy of the results with course descriptions to the NCMC Registrar’s Office. Credit may be granted for foreign coursework based on the results of such evaluations if substantially similar to courses offered by NCMC. The same requirements and limitations apply to foreign credit as those applicable to credit earned at U.S. colleges and universities.

Transfer Appeal Procedure

Transfer students have the right to appeal institutional decisions on the acceptance of transfer credit toward graduation requirements at NCMC. Students may complete the Transfer Credit Re-evaluation Appeal form and submit to the Registrar’s Office. The decision on transferability will rest with the academic department chairperson.

A student, whose appeal is denied, may file a request for review with the Dean of Instruction. If the issue is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the Vice President of Academic Affairs will make a final decision.

If NCMC does not accept credit from a Missouri public institution for courses designated as MOTR courses, a written notice will be sent to the student and the sending institution within ten business days of the denial of credit. When the transfer dispute involves any designated MOTR course, and the dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or sending institution, NCMC will notify commissioner of higher education within 45 business days after the written notice of denial.

Review by the commissioner of higher education is initiated after all other remedies have been exhausted, without resolution to the satisfaction of the student and sending institution. The commissioner of higher education will make the final determination about a dispute concerning MOTR course transfer and give written notice of determination.

For more information, call (660)359-3948, ext.1206 or email [email protected].