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

The 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 or logic, 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 more information about TAGs and a list of LCCC’s TAG-approved courses, visit https://www.ohiohighered.org/transfer/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 https://www.ohiohighered.org/transfer.  

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.

One-Year Option

The One-Year Option establishes an articulation system whereby adults who complete a career-technical education program of study consisting of a minimum of 900 clock-hours and achieve an industry-recognized credential approved by the Chancellor shall receive thirty (30) semester hours of technical course credit toward a standardized Associate of Technical Study Degree (ATS) upon matriculation at a public institution of higher education in Ohio that confers such a degree. The 30 semester hours will be awarded as a block of credit (rather than credit for specific courses) and will satisfy the technical course requirements for the ATS degree. Proportional credit is to be awarded toward the ATS degree for adults who complete a program of study between 600 and 899 clock hours.

The One-Year Option builds upon Ohio’s articulation and transfer system to help more adults accelerate their preparation for work by earning a technical associate degree. Consistent with the philosophy of the Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs), the One-Year Option guarantees that college credit will be awarded for college-level learning that occurs at career-technical institutions. The credit earned through the One-Year Option will be applied to ATS degrees bearing the following standardized degree titles:

  1. Associate of Technical Study in Building and Industrial Technology
  2. Associate of Technical Study in Business Technology
  3. Associate of Technical Study in Health and Allied Health Technology
  4. Associate of Technical Study in Information Technology
  5. Associate of Technical Study in Services Technology

Inter-institutional credit affirmation teams provide oversight for the One-Year Option through peer reviews of career-technical education program of study and certifications to affirm that students who complete each program and approved certification(s) demonstrate competencies equivalent to 30 (or proportional) technical course credits.[16]

Advising resources are available to guide students who are considering enrolling in either a One-Year Option program of study or a Career-Technical Assurance Guide (CTAG) program of study. Effective advising is essential to inform the decision about which pathway is most appropriate to advance each student’s immediate and future career and academic goals.

Section 363.120 of House Bill 59 of the 130th General Assembly provided the impetus for the One-Year Option.[17]