Strategy & Collaboration

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 Oregon Transfer Compass: Transfer Tools, featuring information about Oregon’s statewide transfer tools, ​ links to public campus transfer pages, tips, and frequently asked questions to help simplify the transfer process.

Streamlining Transfer: Development of the Oregon Transfer Compass​

In an effort to streamline transfer among Oregon’s higher education institutions, simplify the process and reduce loss of credit, Oregon’s State Legislature passed House Bill 2998 (2017) which led to the development of the Oregon Transfer Compass.  Learn about the development and implementation of these tools​ as well as additional transfer resources in Oregon.

Transfer Policy Research and Resources

Learn about recent Oregon research, initiatives, and national resources on articulation and transfer, as well as Oregon law and policy related to transfer.

​Credit for Prior Learning​

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.​​​​​​

​​For More Information

  • Oregon Transfer Compass: Tools for Transfer Students​

  • Commission Meeting information: In addition to full Commission meetings, the HECC Student Success and Institutional Collaborations Subcommittee (SSIC) may consider transfer and credit topics.

  • Oregon Transfer and Articulation Committee (OTAC): HECC works closely with campus representatives on articulation and transfer, including through OTAC, a cross-sector group of administrators and researchers dedicated to maintaining statewide transfer degrees. For more information, contact Brittany Miles  in HECC's Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development or Kia Sorensen in HECC’s Office of Academic Policy and Authorization. 

Key Partner Links  

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