South Carolina Transfer Regulations
Section 10-C of the South Carolina School-to-Work Transition Act (1994) stipulates that the
Council of College and University Presidents and the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive
Education, operating through the Commission on Higher Education, shall develop better articulation
of associate and baccalaureate degree programs. To comply with this requirement, the Commission
upon the advice of the Council of Presidents established a Transfer Articulation Policy Committee
composed of four-year institutions’ vice presidents for academic affairs and the Associate Director
for Instruction of the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education. The principal
outcomes derived from the work of the committee and accepted by the Commission on Higher Education
on July 6, 1995, were:
- An expanded list of 72 courses which will transfer to four-year public institutions of South
Carolina from the two-year public institutions;
- A statewide policy document on good practices in transfer to be followed by all public
institutions of higher education in the State of South Carolina, which was accepted in principle by
the Advisory Committee on Academic Programs and the Commission;
- Six task forces on statewide transfer agreements, each based in a discipline or broad area of
the baccalaureate curriculum.
In 1995 the General Assembly passed Act 137 which stipulated further that the South Carolina
Commission on Higher Education “notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, shall
have the following additional duties and functions with regard to the various public institutions
of higher education.” These duties and responsibilities include the Commission’s responsibility “to
establish procedures for the transferability of courses at the undergraduate level between two-year
and four-year institutions or schools.” This same provision is repeated in the legislation
developed from the Report of the Joint Legislative Study Committee, which is now moving through the
General Assembly during the 1996 session.
Act 137 directs the Commission to adopt procedures for the transfer of courses from all two-year
public to all four-year public institutions of higher education in South Carolina. Proposed
procedures are listed below. Unless otherwise stated, these procedures shall become effective
immediately upon approval by the Commission and shall be fully implemented, unless otherwise
stated, by September 1, 1997.
STATE WIDE ARTICULATION OF 72 COURSES
- The Statewide Articulation Agreement of 72 courses already approved by the South Carolina
Commission on Higher Education for transfer from two- to four-year public institutions shall be
applicable to all public institutions, including two-year institutions and institutions within the
same system. In instances where an institutions does not have synonymous courses to ones on this
list, it shall identify comparable courses or course categories for acceptance of general education
courses on the statewide list.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA, COURSE GRADES, GPAs, VALIDATIONS
- All four-year public institutions shall issue annually in August a transfer guide covering at
least the following items:
- The definition of a transfer student and requirements for admission both to the institution
and, if more selective, requirements for admission to particular programs.
- Limitations placed by the institution or its programs for acceptance of standardized
examinations (e.g., SAT, ACT) taken more than a given time ago, for academic coursework taken
elsewhere, for coursework repeated due to failure, for coursework taken at another institution
while the student is academically suspended at his/her home institution, and so forth.
- Institutional and, if more selective, programmatic maximums of course credits allowable in
- Institutional procedures used to calculate student applicants’ GPAs for transfer admission.
Such procedures shall describe how nonstandard grades (withdrawal, withdrawal failing, repeated
course, etc.) are evaluated; and they shall also describe whether all course work taken prior to
transfer or just coursework deemed appropriate to the student’s intended four-year program of study
is calculated for purposes of admission to the institution and/or programmatic major.
- Lists of all courses accepted from each technical college (including the 72 courses in the
Statewide Articulation Agreement) and the course equivalencies (including “free elective” category)
found on the home institution for the courses accepted.
- Lists of all articulation agreements with any public South Carolina two-year or other
institution of higher education, together with information about how interested parties can access
- Lists of the institution’s Transfer Officer(s) personnel together with telephone and FAX
numbers and office address.
- Institutional policies related to “academic bankruptcy” (i.e., removing an entire transcript or
parts thereof from a failed or underachieving record after a period of years has passed) so that
re-entry into the four-year institution with course credit earned in the interim elsewhere is done
without regard to the student’s earlier record.
- “Residency requirements” for minimum number of hours required to be earned at the institution
for the degree.
- Coursework (individual courses, transfer blocks, statewide agreements) covered within these
procedures shall be transferable if the student has completed the coursework with a “C” grade (2.0
on a 4.0 scale) or above, but transfer of grades does not re lieve the student of the obligation to
meet any G.P.A. requirements or other admissions requirements of the institution or program to
which application has been made.
- Any four-year institution which has institutional or programmatic admissions requirements for
transfer students with cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) higher than 2.0 on a 4.0 scale shall
apply such entrance requirements equally to transfer students from regionally accredited South
Carolina public institutions regardless of whether students are transferring from a four-year or
- Any multi-campus institution or system shall certify by letter to the Commission that all
course work at all of its campuses applicable to a particular degree program of study is fully
acceptable in transfer to meet degree requirements in the same degree program at any other of its
- Any coursework (individual courses, transfer blocks, statewide agreements) covered within these
procedures shall be transferable to any public institution without any additional fee and without
any further encumbrance such as a “validation examination”, “placement examination/instrument”, “
verification instrument”, or any other stricture, notwithstanding any institutional or system
policy, procedure, or regulation to the contrary.
TRANSFER BLOCKS, STATEWIDE AGREEMENTS, COMPLETION OF THE AA/AS DEGREE
- The following Transfer Blocks/Statewide Agreements taken at any two-year public institution in
South Carolina shall be accepted in their totality toward meeting baccalaureate degree requirements
at all four-year public institutions in relevant four-year degree programs, as follows:
- Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: Established curriculum block of 46-48 semester
- Business Administration: Established curriculum block of 46-51 semester hours
- Engineering: Established curriculum block of 33 semester hours
- Science and Mathematics: Established curriculum block of 48-51 semester hours
- Teacher Education: Established curriculum block of 38-39 semester hours for Early Childhood,
Elementary, and Special Education students only. Secondary education majors and students seeking
certification who are not majoring in teacher education should consult the Arts, Humanities, and
Social Sciences or the Math and Science transfer blocks, as relevant, to assure transferability of
- Nursing: By state agreement, at least 60 semester hours shall be accepted by any public
four-year institution toward the baccalaureate completion program (BSN) from graduates of any South
Carolina public associate degree program in nursing (ADN), provided that the program is accredited
by the National League of Nursing and that the graduate has successfully passed the National
Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and is a currently licensed Registered Nurse
- Any “unique” academic program not specifically or by extension covered by one of the statewide
transfer blocks/agreements listed in #4 above shall either create its own transfer block of 35 or
more credit hours with the approval of CHE staff or shall adopt either the Arts/Social
Science/Humanities or the Science/Mathematics block by September, 1996. The institution at which
such program is located shall inform the staff of the CHE and every institutional president and
vice president for academic affairs about this decision.
- Any student who has completed either an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree
program at any public two-year South Carolina institution which contains within it the total
coursework found in either the Arts/Social Sciences/Humanities Transfer Block or the Math/Science
Transfer Block shall automatically be entitled to junior-level status or its equivalent at whatever
public senior institution to which the student might have been admitted. (Note: As agreed by the
Committee on Academic Affairs, junior status applies only to campus activities such as priority
order for registration for courses, residence hall assignments, parking, athletic event tickets,
etc. and not in calculating academic degree credits.)
RELATED REPORTS AND STATEWIDE DOCUMENTS
- All applicable recommendations found in the Commission’s report to the General Assembly on the
School-to-Work Act (approved by the Commission and transmitted to the General Assembly on July 6,
1995) are hereby incorporated into the procedures for transfer of coursework among two- and
- The policy paper entitled State Policy on Transfer and Articulation, as amended to reflect
changes in the numbers of transfer blocks and other Commission action since July 6, 1995, is hereby
adopted as the statewide policy for institutional good practice in the sending and receiving of all
course credits to be transferred.
ASSURANCE OF QUALITY
- All claims from any public two- or four-year institution challenging the effective preparation
of any other public institution’s coursework for transfer purposes shall be evaluated and
appropriate measures shall be taken to reassure that the quality of the coursework has been
reviewed and approved on a timely basis by sending and receiving institutions alike. This process
of formal review shall occur every four years through the staff of the Commission on Higher
Education, beginning with the approval of these procedures.
STATEWIDE PUBLICATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION ON TRANSFER
- The staff of the Commission on Higher Educator shall print and distribute copies of these
Procedures upon their acceptance by the Commission. The staff shall also place this document and
the Appendices on the Commission’s Home Page on the Internet under the title “Transfer
- By September 1 of each year, all public four-year institutions shall on their own Home Page on
the Internet under the title “Transfer Policies”:
- Print a copy of this entire document (without appendices).
- Print a copy of their entire transfer guide.
- Provide to the staff of the Commission in satisfactory format a copy of their entire transfer
guide for placing on the Commission’s Home Page on the Internet.
- By September 1 of each year, the staff of the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive
Education shall on its Home Page on the Internet under the title “Transfer Policies”:
- Print a copy of this document (without appendices).
- Provide to the Commission staff in format suitable for placing on the Commission’s Home Page of
the Internet a list of all articulation agreements that each of the sixteen technical colleges has
with public and other four-year institutions of higher education, together with information about
how interested parties can access those agreements.
- Each two-year and four-year public institutional catalog shall contain a section entitled “
TRANSFER: STATE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.” Such section at a minimum shall:
- Publish these procedures in their entirety (except Appendices)
- Designate a chief Transfer Officer at the institution who shall --provide information and other
appropriate support for students considering transfer and recent transfers --serve as a
clearinghouse for information on issues of transfer in the State of South Carolina --provide
definitive institutional rulings on transfer questions for the institution’s students under these
procedures --work closely with feeder institutions to assure ease in transfer for their
- Designate other programmatic Transfer Officer(s) as the size of the institution and the variety
of its programs might warrant
- Refer interested parties to the institutional Transfer Guide
- Refer interested parties to the institution’s and the Commission on Higher Education’s Home
Pages on the Internet for further information regarding transfer.