Proposed Revisions to 301.5 - Transfer of Credits
1. All college level courses from regionally
accredited institutions of higher education will be received and applied by all
units of the Montana University System, including the
community colleges, towards the free elective requirements of the Associate and
NOTE: College level courses shall be defined as those courses that are applicable toward an associate of applied science, associate of arts, associate of science or baccalaureate degree at their respective institution. Such courses shall not include remedial or developmental courses.
2. In relation to the major, minor, general
education, distribution requirements, and free electives of the Associate and
Baccalaureate degrees, all
the Montana University System, including the
community colleges, are authorized to determine the applicability of credits
earned at regionally accredited institutions of higher education.
3. In administering the policy in paragraphs (1) and (2) an institution shall include the credits earned by a student from an institution which is a candidate for regional accreditation after the student has successfully completed 20 semester credits with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average at the receiving institution.
Units of the Montana University System, including the
community colleges, may give credit for education received from non-collegiate
institutions on the basis of recommendations published by the American Council
5. The Chief Academic Officers shall recommend to the Commissioner procedures to resolve transferability problems. In formulating the recommendations, it is understood that Chief Academic Officers are representing their institution's policy as approved by the Chief Executive Officer.
6. Institutions may make exceptions to give credit if the criteria described above are not met. However, the following principles should be followed:
a. The chief academic officer, registrar, and admissions officer should review each case utilizing the following criteria:
(1) There must be evidence that there is academic quality in the institution, both in the faculty and in program offering.
(2) The student must earn at least a minimum 2.0 grade point average or its equivalent at the receiving institution.
b. If an exception is allowed, a report shall
be filed with the Deputy Commissioner
of Academic Affairs.
7. Institutions may determine policies relating to the acceptance of college credit from other countries.
The Montana University System Transfer of Credit Policy as promulgated by the Commissioner of Higher Education, February 3, 1976; Item 27-009-R0680, June 23, 1980, as revised April 13, 1981, May 21, 1982, June 20, 1986, March 17, 1989, January 29, 1998, and September 17, 1998.