Strategy & Collaboration

Transfer Policy Research and Resources

Recent Oregon Research, Law, and Policy

HECC conducts research and convenes partners concerning academic and transfer student policy. Recent research is described below. Also see the HECC Research and Reports section for additional reports and student data

Development of the Oregon Transfer Compass, House Bill 2998 (2017)
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.
Streamlining Transfer, House Bill 2525 (2015)
​In 2016, the Commission submitted to the Legislature the House ​Bill 2525 Report (2015) on Transfer Student Success, the basis for a plan to stre​amline transfer policy and practice between the state’s community colleges and universities. The report​ reviewed historical efforts to address barriers to transfer efficiency.

Law and Policy Relating to Transfer

  • Oregon Statute  (ORS 350.395​)  provides guidance for the Transfer Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Oregon Statute (ORS 350.400) establishes a foundational curricula (now referred to as Core Transfer Maps) and lists requirements of this curricula.
  • Oregon Statute (ORS 350.404) outlines the requirements of the development of unified statewide transfer agreements (now referred to as Major Transfer Maps).
  • Oregon Statute (ORS 350.412) delineates the role of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in facilitating the development and implementation of foundational curricula (Core Transfer Maps) and 
  • Oregon Statute  (ORS 348.470) on Cooperation Between Public Universities and Community Colleges details the legal framework for transfer student policy and the legislative expectation of cooperation between public universities and community colleges regarding transfer students. 

Community College Handbook

The Oregon Community Colleges Handbook & Planning Guide, 2015 Edition (the Community College Handbook) is a comprehensive resource for Oregon community colleges to assist in planning.  The handbook outlines learning outcomes and degree requirements for each of Oregon’s statewide degrees (AAOT, ASOT, OTM), as specified in Oregon Administrative Rules.

National Transfer Policy, Research and Initiatives

Regional and national transfer student success initiatives, policies, and research are important to HECC’s efforts to make transfer more effective, easier, and more understandable for all students. Some selected resources and projects are linked below.​​

Education Commission of the States: Transfer Policy Comparison
  • ECS compares statewide transfer and articulation policies from all 50 states.
Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education: State Higher Education Policy Database
  • Compares state policies on access, achievement, transfer and other areas.
Education Northwest: Study on Improving Credit Mobility
  • A 2016 study of 10 states’ transfer credit policies and their effects on student credit retention and degree completion.
National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students
  • NISTS conducts research and convenes academic transfer professionals from around the country.
Transfer Playbook: Essential Practices for Two Year and Four Colleges
  • Columbia University’s Community College Research Center and the Aspen Institute produced this publication with concrete advice for helping transfer students graduate from their bachelor’s degree institution.
​Interstate Passport
  • Passport is a Western Instersate Commissioin for Higher Education (WICHE)-led effort to create a new, national, learning-outcomes based framework for lower division general education transfer between states.



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Key Partner Links  

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