Undergraduate Transfer and Articulation

Enactment & Revision History: 

Became a University of Oregon policy by operation of law on July 1, 2014.

Former OUS Internal Management Directive 2.035.


The Board affirms the importance for Oregonians to have maximum program articulation, course and credit transferability, and recognition of proficiencies that can be demonstrated. The Board recognizes that this is a shared responsibility among education providers and individuals. Toward achievement of these goals, the Board expects that:

In a changing environment with growing access to electronically delivered coursework, and transfer students presenting transcripts from multiple providers, System institutions should be flexible in accepting academic credits from accredited entities. Institutional practices should balance the integrity of a specific System institution’s degree with the reality of the dynamic educational marketplace (so long as admission, degree program, and graduation requirements are met).

Each institution shall regularly update and publish information regarding course equivalencies between the institution’s courses and partner community college courses and, in other ways, be responsive to transfer students’ information and advising needs. Each institution shall also be guided by statewide agreements that enable broad-scale student transfer to occur among all System institutions and community colleges in Oregon.

Each institution shall develop policies and practices that accept a reasonable amount of professional-technical coursework as electives or related work into baccalaureate degree programs.

Where appropriate and feasible, institutions shall develop specific articulation agreements and co-admission/co-enrollment programs with community colleges and other partners in order to promote the orderly flow of students between and among institutions.

Through such mechanisms as the Joint Boards’ Articulation Commission, the OUS Academic Council, and the Council of Instructional Administrators of Oregon community colleges additional transfer degree programs should be considered and, if appropriate, developed to prepare community college students for transfer into a broad array of baccalaureate programs.

Original Source: 
Internal Management Directive