Education Commission of the States
Transfer and Articulation Database
Related Analysis

50-State Reports on Transfer and Articulation Policies

1. All State Policies

2. State Policy Background

3. Transferable Core of Lower-Division Courses

4. Statewide Common Course-Numbering

5. Statewide Guaranteed Transfer of Associate Degree

6. Statewide Articulation Guide

7. Statewide Credit by Assessment

8. Oversight

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Students on the Move: How States are Responding to Increasing Mobility Among Postsecondary Students

More than one-third of college students transfer at some point before earning a degree. State policymakers are increasingly addressing transfer and articulation policies as they recognize the seamless transfer of credits is critical to degree completion.

Key Findings

The trend is for states to shift from institutional agreements to statewide policies. However, many states still have fragmented policies that apply to one system of higher education and not another. ECS’ 50-state analysis shows:

  • 35 states have a transferable core of lower-division courses.
  • 15 states use a common course-numbering system.
  • 37 states have a guaranteed transfer of associate’s degree.
  • 16 states have a standard credit by assessment policy.

Click on the map below or select a state:   Use left sidebar to browse 50-state reports.

US map American Samoa Virgin Islands Alaska Hawaii Puerto Rico Delaware Connecticut Maryland Rhode Island Washington DC

How the database was developed:

Our database builds off the work we did for our 2010 State Note on transfer policy. We use primary resources: state statute, rules and regulations, recently enacted legislation, executive orders and other primary source documents. State agencies fact checked our analysis.

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Staff contact:

Maria Millard, Policy Analyst
303.299.3620
mmillard@ecs.org


 

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