Transfer and Credit Policy
The HECC is committed to simplifying and aligning pathways in the higher education network, including pathways for students to successfully transfer between institutions, and maximize credits toward their degrees and certificates. HECC and Oregon’s community colleges and public universities collaborate on this effort through legislation, research, and campus level initiatives.
Approximately half of state public university students from Oregon in recent years have transferred from an Oregon community college each year, so many efforts are focused on transitions from 2 to 4-year institutions.
Students, families, and counselors, please see Tools for Transfer Students, featuring links to public campus transfer pages, tips, and frequently asked questions to help simplify the transfer process.
HECC is devoted to improving tools, programs, and policy pathways to streamline transfer between public 2 and 4-year institutions, simplify the process and reduce loss of credit. Find information here on Reverse Transfer, the Oregon Transfer Module, and the Statewide Transfer Degrees, and Implementation of House Bill 2998 (2017) to develop transfer credit agreements.
Learn about recent Oregon research, initiatives, and national resources on articulation and transfer, as well as Oregon law and policy related to transfer.
Many Oregon institutions offer Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) for students to obtain credit for evidence-based assessment of learning that occurs outside of traditional college-level coursework. Read here about HECC’s work to support CPL plans, policies and practices statewide through a Credit for Prior Learning Advisory Committee, working with public universities, community colleges, as well as independent for-profit and not-for-profit institutions of higher education.