Ohio Transfer Initiatives

Ohio Transfer Initiatives

The State of Ohio through the leadership of the Ohio Department of Higher Education has established a coherent statewide policy intended to facilitate a student’s ability to complete their highest level of educational goal achievement seamlessly within Ohio’s postsecondary educational system. To that end, the Ohio Articulation and Transfer policy (available online at: http://regents.ohio.gov/transfer/policy/index.php) was developed to facilitate the transfer of students and credits from any state-assisted college or university to another. It encourages faculty recognition of comparable and compatible learning experiences and expectations across institutions. It also encourages students to complete units of educational experience as they progress [e.g. transfer assurance guides, Ohio transfer modules, associate and baccalaureate degrees].

Ohio Transfer Module

A Ohio transfer module completed at one Ohio public college or university will automatically meet the requirements of the Ohio transfer module at the receiving public college or university, once the student is accepted. Students seeking the associate of arts or associate of science degree must complete the appropriate general education/Ohio transfer module requirements as specified under the Conditions for Transfer Admission section. The Ohio transfer module may be completed independently of degree requirements as follows: ENGL 161 three semester hours, six semester hours representing two disciplines of social sciences, six semester hours representing two disciplines of arts and humanities, six semester hours of science including at least one lab course, and three semester hours of mathematics, plus additional courses from the list below to complete a block of at least 36 semester hours. Upon completion of the above, the student’s transcript will designate OHIO TRANSFER MODULE COMPLETED.

Transfer Assurance Guides

Statewide Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs) are composed of general education courses (Ohio transfer module courses) and specified courses required for the academic major. A TAG as an advising tool can assist Ohio university and community and technical college students planning specific majors to make course selections that will ensure comparable, compatible and equivalent learning experiences across the state’s higher-education system. A number of area-specific TAG pathways in the arts, humanities, business, communication, education, health, mathematics, science, engineering, engineering technologies and the social sciences have been developed by faculty teams. Additional information on specific Transfer Assurance Guides can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website at http://regents.ohio.gov/transfer/tags/index.php.

TAGs empower students to make informed course selection decisions and plans for their future transfer. Advisory at the institution to which a student wishes to transfer should also be consulted during the transfer process. Because of specific major requirements, early identification of the intended major is encouraged.

For a complete list of LCCC’s TAG-approved courses, visit www.lorainccc.edu/TAG.

Career Transfer Assurance Guides

Statewide CTAGs (Career Transfer Assurance Guides) are similar to TAGs, but are composed of career-technical courses instead of general education courses. CTAGs can assist Ohio university and community and technical college students in making decisions on course selection that will ensure comparable, compatible and equivalent learning experiences between and among all public higher education institutions in Ohio, and embody commonly accepted pathways to applied degree programs – both at the associate and baccalaureate levels – across the state.

Additional information on the Career Transfer Assurance Guides process may be found at www.regents.ohio.gov/transfer/index.php.

As with TAGs, advisors at the institution to which a student wishes to transfer should be consulted during the course selection/transfer preparation process.

Military Transfer Assurance Guides (MTAG)

Statewide Military Transfer Assurance Guides (MTAG are being developed in an effort to ensure that institutions and military students alike have access to this MTAG information. The Ohio Department of Higher Education will be posting MTAG information on www.ohiohighered.org and transfercredit.ohio.gov. The Ohio Department of Higher Education is encouraging institutions to take advantage of using Transferology™ to post all course equivalencies, including the statewide course equivalencies for military training, experience, and coursework, as this service is free to all Ohio institutions.

Ohio Articulation Number (OAN)

Pre-major courses that represent the commonly accepted pathway to majors within the bachelor’s degree (TAGs) have been reviewed by statewide faculty committees. Courses or course sequences meeting established learning outcome standards are assigned a discipline specific OANs. When consensus is established and a course is noted with both the colleges or universities departmental designation and the assigned Ohio Articulation Number (OAN,) students are assured not only of the equivalency of the courses, but of their application to the degree objective. A complete listing of Lorain County Community College’s OAN approved courses can be found at http://regents.ohio.gov/transfer/tags/index.php.