NCMC considers the “transferability” between colleges and universities as a matter of considerable importance and practice. NCMC also believes the relationships among academic disciplines and between levels of coursework require clear understandings about content and purpose so that students may make 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.
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 Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 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.
Coursework from institutions on a quarter hour system will be converted to semester hours using a two-thirds conversion factor for transfer to NCMC.
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, financial aid eligibility, and used to calculate the cumulative grade point average required for graduates in the Associate in Arts in Teaching program.
Transfer course equivalencies for many institutions can be found on the Course Equivalency page of the NCMC website under myCOMPASS > Degree Planning > Transfer Course Equivalencies.
There are some courses that are not accepted in transfer to NCMC. These include:
- Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses not equivalent to content and/or level of NCMC courses.
- Courses with upper-division level course numbers (300 and above).
- Courses in which a grade of “F” (or equal to “F” level work) or an incomplete was received.
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 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.
Students may view courses accepted in transfer on their NCMC transcript and academic plan through myCOMPASS, the student portal. Courses that are not applicable to degree requirements at NCMC will be noted as lower division coursework on the student transcript.
Students may appeal institutional decisions on the acceptance of transfer credit toward graduation requirements at NCMC. The Transfer Credit Re-evaluation Appeal form is available on the NCMC website. The form, along with any supporting documentation supplied by the student, will be forwarded to the academic department chairperson for review. 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 the commissioner of higher education within 45 business days after the date the student received 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 or his/her designee shall notify the chief academic officers at both the sending and receiving institutions and the student of the appeal. Documentation, relevant to the decision being appealed, must be submitted within 15 business days of the commissioner’s notification.
The commissioner of higher education or his/her designee will make the final determination about a dispute concerning MOTR course transfer and give written notice of the determination within 30 business days of the documentation deadline. The chief academic officer of the receiving institution will inform the commissioner within 30 business days of the action taken in regard to the commissioner of higher education’s recommendation.
For more information, call (660)359-3948, ext. 1206, or email [email protected].