Overview of ODHE Initiatives: What Your Students Need to Know

The following information is intended for school counselors, academic advisors and others to learn about the latest Ohio Department of Higher Education initiatives. Click on a topic to find out more.

 

The 3-Year Degree Plan

Best For: Accelerated high school and college students

Description: The 3-Year Degree plan helps students complete a traditional bachelor’s degree in three years.

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  • An accelerated degree not only helps students graduate early, but also creates time for internships, dual majors and studying abroad.
  • High school students can get started early with Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus and credit transfer programs.

 

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Best for: Accelerated high school students

Description: High school students may take Advanced Placement, “AP,” courses for academic challenge and AP exams for possible college credit. Students who score at least a “3” on their Advanced Placement examination are guaranteed college credit, usually toward their general education curriculum, upon entering an Ohio public college or university.

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Apprenticeship Pathways

Best for: Students earning a technical associate degree at an Ohio two-year public college

Description: The Apprenticeship Pathways initiative incorporates apprenticeship experiences into academic credit, providing a pathway to a technical associate degree at Ohio's two-year public colleges.

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  • Apprenticeship Pathways save students time and money.
  • Pathways encourage them to advance their academic credentials.
  • Students participating in apprenticeship programs contribute to a strong, educated workforce.

 

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Articulation & Transfer Policy

Best for: Students and advisors curious about the statewide policies regarding credit articulation and transfer

Description: This page on our site outlines the regulations and strategies governed by our Articulation and Transfer Policy.

Link: Ohio Articulation & Transfer Policy

 

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Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs)

Best for:  Adult and secondary career-technical students

Description: Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs) provide course credit to students who have completed approved career-technical coursework or experiential learning.

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Key Points:

  • Promotes the continuation of career-technical education into college and beyond.
  • This program helps high school and adult career-technical students enter college with articulated credit, saving them time and money to degree.
  • Ohio businesses and industries will benefit from more employees with higher education and advanced skills.

 

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Changing Campus Culture

Best for: Educators, administrators and students seeking to reduce sexual violence and ensure the best survivor support on their college campus.

Description: A single act of sexual violence on an Ohio college campus is one too many.  Changing our campus culture is the only way to make a lasting impact by reducing sexual violence and ensuring our students know that they will be supported in their time of need. The Changing Campus Culture initiative provides five concrete strategies that will assist Ohio colleges and universities with implementing best practices that will have the greatest chance of breaking the cycle of sexual violence.

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Changing Campus Culture’s recommendations:

  • Use data to guide action. Specifically, campuses are asked to administer an annual campus climate survey to inform prevention and response strategies, and to track trends over time.
  • Empower staff, faculty, campus law enforcement and students to prevent and respond to sexual violence through evidence-based training. Using feedback from the campus climate survey and/or other data sources to help select the most appropriate program, colleges and universities should implement the most comprehensive training program for their campus. Programs focused on bystander intervention are particularly encouraged.
  • Communicate a culture of shared respect and responsibility. Campuses should utilize a widespread awareness and communication campaign in conjunction with trainings and other initiatives to help encourage a safer culture.
  • Develop a comprehensive response policy. Campuses are encouraged to engage a variety of stakeholders in developing and adopting a comprehensive policy to address sexual violence on campus. This comprehensive policy will be survivor-centered while respecting the rights of the accused.
  • Adopt a survivor-centered response. By developing a response centered on survivors’ needs, such as providing confidential advisors, campuses can strengthen student trust in campus systems and processes.

 

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Choose Ohio First

Best For: High school and college students with a STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) focus

Description: Choose Ohio First (COF) Scholarships are available to recruit Ohio residents into designated COF STEMM and STEMM education programs in Ohio’s colleges and universities. STEMM and STEMM education programs that have been designated as COF programs have committed to implementing strategies and initiatives to recruit and ensure academic success for COF Scholars enrolled in the program.

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  • Choose Ohio First provides scholarship opportunities for students looking to pursue a STEMM career.
  • COF programs are designed to provide enhanced opportunities for students to ensure academic and career success.

 

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College Credit Plus

Best For: College-ready high school students

Description: High school students can earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses offered by colleges or universities.

Key Points:

  • The College Credit Plus program is ideal for students who want to reduce the time and cost of their post-secondary education or explore the experience of college
  • College Credit Plus also helps college-ready high school students pursue rigorous academic coursework outside of their high school classroom.

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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Best for: Students wanting to earn college credit for subject knowledge and skills that they’ve acquired through prior learning

Description: By taking the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam, students may earn college credit based on a certain score toward their degree requirements. In turn, students save the time and cost that taking an equivalent course would have required.

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Credit When It’s Due

Best For: Students currently enrolled at a four-year public university in Ohio with prior college coursework from a two-year public community or technical college

Description: Credit When It’s Due assists eligible students with obtaining an associate degree by using prior coursework successfully completed at two or more Ohio public colleges or universities to satisfy the requirements for an associate degree.

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Education for Veterans

Best For: Veterans, service members, and their families

Description: As part of Ohio’s commitment to veterans and service members, we’ve taken pro-active steps to provide them with specialized financial, educational and career support.

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  • Veterans may earn college credit for military training experience and coursework
  • Veterans who move to Ohio are potentially qualified for in-state tuition for themselves and their dependents. Active duty, guard, reserve service members and their families also are eligible.
  • All Ohio public institutions are required to have institutional policies to support veterans, from priority registration to career-services/alumni links.

 

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eTutoring

Best for: College students seeking academic support

Description: eTutoring offers a range of academic support and subject area expertise for students free of charge.

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  • Students are able to live-chat or submit their questions to an array of faculty, distinguished retired professors and specialized graduate students. Areas of expertise include accounting, anatomy/physiology, biology, calculus, chemistry, math and statistics, and English (including formatting, language and grammar). Tutors do not “give out” answers, but rather will provide helpful hints and information to guide students to the correct answer
  • Students may also submit up to three rough drafts of their work to be professionally edited and commented on in less than 48 hours.
  • eTutoring is excellent for students who do not have the time or money to set up in-person tutoring services – because it’s all online, tutoring is entirely up to the student’s schedule and availability, and additionally, free of cost.

 

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Federal Financial Aid

Best for: Students earning their postsecondary education on a budget

Description: Earning a college degree affordably is not an easy task, but federal grants, loans and work-study programs are here to provide you with the resources to make it possible.

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  • Programs are based on financial need.
  • Two-thirds of student financial aid comes from federal sources.

 

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Forever Buckeyes

Best for: Ohio high school graduates looking to return to Ohio for their postsecondary education

Description: Forever Buckeyes extends the in-state resident tuition rate to any public or private Ohio high school graduate who leaves the state but returns to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program at an Ohio college. Students must also establish residency in Ohio.

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  • The Forever Buckeyes program creates financial aid, grant and scholarship opportunities for the Ohio graduate who may have left after high school graduation.

 

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GEAR UP Ohio

Best for: High school students preparing for their postsecondary education

Description: The GEAR UP Ohio project is focused on embedding a college-going culture in targeted schools and communities to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The project aims to increase academic performance, postsecondary preparation and enrollment, and awareness of financial and professional options for those students and their families.

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  • GEAR UP provides mentoring, outreach and support services to participating students and their families, including:
    • Financial aid information
    • Assistance in student enrollment in rigorous and challenging curricula
    • GEAR UP scholarships
  • Note: GEAR UP services and scholarships are only available to eligible students attending select schools being served by the grant.

 

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GIVE back. GO forward.

Best for: Community members age 60 and older interested in tuition assistance for themselves or a currently enrolled college or high school student

Description: Youngstown/Mahoning Valley community members age 60 and older volunteer in exchange for tuition waivers.

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  • Volunteering is research-proven to increase engagement with the community while providing physical activity to enhance memory, health, and friendships while lowering the risk of depression.
  • The volunteer can choose to use the tuition waiver toward his or her own education, or gift the tuition waiver to a currently enrolled college or high school student.
  • This program is currently limited to the Youngstown region, but progress is being made toward expanding it to other universities in the state.

 

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Low-Cost Pathways

Best for: Students seeking a more affordable option in obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

Description: Low-Cost Pathways provide an option to students to earn a bachelor’s degree at a lower cost than the traditional pathway of attending a university for four years. Typically, through a low-cost pathway, a student begins their course of study by completing an associate degree at a community college. Then he/she transfers to a four-year university to complete the remaining credit hours needed to earn their bachelor’s degree in their respective area of study. The community college and four-year university partner through an articulation agreement that ensures credits earned at the community college will directly transfer to the four-year partner.

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NOTE: An updated list of low-cost pathways is coming soon.

Key Points:

  • Our website highlights “program snapshots” or several existing agreements between community colleges and four-year universities that provide students an affordable and efficient pathway to their degree.
  • Explore our Transfer to Degree Guarantee website (transfercredit.ohio.gov) to find out how your community college credits might transfer to a four-year university.

 

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Military Transfer Assurance Guides (MTAGs)

Best for: Students who have prior military training, experience, and coursework and have either a Joint Services Transcript or a Community College of the Air Force transcript.

Description: Military Transfer Assurance Guides (MTAGs) provide a statewide guarantee that certain types of military training, experience and/or coursework align to existing college and university courses and will be awarded appropriate credit.

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  • Through statewide training provided by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, campuses are highly encouraged to evaluate military training, experience and coursework for potential alignment with their own courses and programs. The Ohio Values Veterans Toolkit and the Train the Trainer program are excellent resources for this.
  • MTAGs works with various programs and initiatives already backed by the Ohio Department of Higher Education – students should also consult CLEP for Military, CLEP for Veterans and DSST for further support. Additionally, MTAGs are currently aligned with the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM), Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs) and Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs).
  • Transferology is also a great resource to see how your credits may transfer by institution.

 

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Ohio G.R.E.A.T

Best for: International students interested in studying, working and living in Ohio

Description: Ohio G.R.E.A.T. is a global outreach initiative that supports the attraction of international talent to Ohio to pursue higher education, and the enhancement of global opportunities for Ohio native students.

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We believe Ohio is a great place to…

  • Study
  • Work
  • And live

 

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Ohio Mathematics Initiative

Best for: Students and Educators (high school and postsecondary) looking for information about what’s happening in mathematics education in Ohio

Description: The Ohio Mathematics Initiative provides information and guidance to students and educators about how the Ohio mathematics community has been working together to serve the needs of students for their academic success.

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Increased student success in mathematics means:

  • Providing support and resources toward increased academic performance in mathematics through the development of new courses and pathways.
  • Higher percentages of students completing degree programs.
  • Effective transferability of credits for students moving from one institution to another.

 

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Ohio Means Internships and Co-Ops

Best for: Students thinking about their career opportunities

Description: Ohio Means Internships and Co-Ops (OMIC) helps students discover state career opportunities.

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  • Internships give students real-word experience that can often lead to a job after graduation.
  • Internships not only earn you academic credit and job experience, they also pay
  • Cooperative programs (“Co-ops”) allow you to earn academic credit while working for some of the best companies in Ohio.
  • Note: Internships in the OMIC program must be for credit and paid. The Ohio Department of Higher Education recognizes institutions may offer internships outside of OMIC that do not pay to help students achieve their education and career goals.

 

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Ohio Transfer Module (OTM)

Best for: Students transferring general education college credit/course, educators trying to understand the statewide criteria for the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM)

Description: The Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) is a statewide initiative that guarantees the transfer and applicability of approved academic courses/credits in English and oral communications, natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and mathematics toward Ohio Transfer Module requirements at the destination institution. OTM is a subset or complete set of each institution's general education requirements, totaling 36-40 semester hours. A student with successfully completed OTM courses at one Ohio public college or university can apply the credit similarly toward the OTM requirements at any other Ohio public college or university.

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  • The OTM site is a great place for students and advisors wanting to know more about the criteria and policies used to guarantee the course/credit transfer and applicability.
  • Students and advisors can view approved courses through this OTM-supported portal.

 

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One-Year Option

Best for:  Ohio Technical Center graduates

Description: The One-Year Option allows students at Ohio Technical Centers who obtain an industry-recognized credential in a 600+ clock-hour pathway approved by the Chancellor to receive up to 30 technical credit hours toward an Associate of Technical Studies degree upon successfully enrolling in a public college or university in Ohio.

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  • In order to be eligible, students must have completed a program at an Ohio Technical Center that is 600 clock hours or greater and earned identified certifications/licensures.
  • The One-Year Option builds upon Ohio’s existing articulation and transfer processes to help students achieve strong postsecondary foundations and futures.

 

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PLA with a Purpose

Best for: Students returning to college with significant learning/training that has already occurred outside of the college classroom

Description: Prior learning assessment (PLA) provides opportunities for students to earn credit for prior learning through careful and rigorous evaluation by faculty. PLA provides opportunity to assess student learning that has occurred outside the college classroom through a variety of methodologies (standardized and challenge exams, military credit recommendations, portfolios) and provides credit for learning determined to be college-level.

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  • PLA awards students based off of portfolio-based assessments, standardized exams (AP, IB, CLEP, etc.), published credit recommendation guides, program evaluations, customized exams and apprenticeship training, not “life experiences.”
  • PLA credits can shorten the path to certifications and degrees, helping students save time and cost in their education.
  • PLA credits increase student motivation to graduate.
  • Transcripted PLA credits are transferrable.

 

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Remediation-free Standards

Best for: Students who want to know whether they are prepared for college-level work in reading, writing, mathematics and science

Description: Ohio’s public college and university presidents were charged with establishing uniform statewide standards in mathematics, science, reading and writing that each student enrolled in a state institution of higher education must meet to be considered remediation-free. The presidents also established assessments to determine if a student meets the standards adopted under this division.

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Residency Requirements

Best for: Students at Ohio public colleges and universities unsure of their residency status

Description: Colleges and universities make determinations regarding the residency status of students. A student’s residency status determines whether a student pays instate tuition. The page below provides an overview of the residency process and the residency rule.

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SCTAI Initiative

Best for: Secondary Career-Technical students

Description:  The SCTAI Initiative creates additional Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs), or statewide articulation agreements, specifically for secondary high school students who complete agreed upon Career-Technical coursework and assessments.

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  • SCTAI encourages new and expanded postsecondary credit opportunities for secondary students in career-technical education.
  • It reduces the likelihood that a student would repeat technical content in which they can demonstrate knowledge and skill, and
  • It provides more than 100 course-level statewide articulation opportunities for CTE students.

 

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State Grants and Scholarships

Best for: Students earning their postsecondary education on a budget

Description: The Ohio Department of Higher Education offers various grants and scholarships to ease the cost of a college education. This aid generally does not have to be repaid and is awarded based on a variety of factors including area of study, academic merit, financial need, military status and more.

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  • Individual colleges and universities provide students with institutional grants and scholarships. For further information, contact the individual college or university’s office of financial aid.
  • Beyond state-sponsored grant and scholarships, students are eligible for federal grants, loans and work study programs that can greatly lower the sticker price of their education.
  • Navigating the hundreds of existing financial aid opportunities in the U.S. can be overwhelming; call our Financial Aid Hotline (1-800-AFFORD-IT) for expert assistance.

 

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Study Abroad

Best for: College students who want to travel and think globally

Description: Studying abroad is a dynamic way to enhance a student’s college education; by exposing them to new cultures, experiences and learning possibilities, students receive opportunities they would not get at home. Thanks to institutional efforts, studying abroad can be fairly affordable and academically productive.

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  • Through its aggressive international education strategy, Ohio is working to create even more opportunities, with a goal of increasing enrollment of Ohio students studying abroad by 10 percent a year.
  • Our site provides links to Ohio’s university and college studying abroad websites. Be sure to check out your college or university’s study abroad office to find out how studying abroad could best fit into your college experience.

 

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Suicide Prevention Resources

Best for: Suicide prevention resources for campus personnel implementing House Bill 28 policies and procedures at their college or university.

Description:  It is important that colleges and universities have a variety of resources available to address mental health issues and prevent suicide on their campuses. The website was developed in accordance with House Bill 28, as a portal to provide resources that will help Ohio's public colleges and universities to meet the law’s requirements.

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  • Ohio legislation, known as House Bill 28, requires each state public college and university to provide students with information about mental health topics, including available depression and suicide prevention resources. The site provides students with information on crisis intervention access, mental health services, multimedia applications and campus communications.
  • The website includes suicide hotlines, a list of multimedia apps, and prevention outreach tips, as well as guidelines and policies on implementing these services.

 

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Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs)

Best for: Students transferring pre-major/beginning major college courses, Educators seeking an understanding of the statewide criteria for the Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) courses

Description: Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs) allows students to transfer, in simple and direct ways, a core of credits that count toward their chosen major

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  • TAGs are helpful to students transferring their requisite major credits and to those who need more comprehensive guides on transferring by career field.
  • Students may explore our TAGs Definitions/Pathways to find out which courses transfer by major or area of study.
  • Educators can find out specific information about expected student learning outcomes for certain pre-major/beginning major courses.
  • Students and advisors can view approved courses through this TAG-supported portal.

 

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Transfer College Credit

Best for: Students transferring college credit

Description: The Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee helps students who have earned college credit or are planning to earn college credit at two-year and four-year colleges and universities find the shortest path to a degree.

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Your college credit may apply to a degree in three ways:

  • General education requirements – academic courses in English and oral communications, natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and mathematics make up each institution’s general education requirements, totaling 36-40 semester hours. A student with successfully completed general education courses at one Ohio public college or university listed in the search can apply the credit similarly toward general education requirements at any other Ohio public college or university.
  • Guaranteed transfer-to-degree pathways – allow students to transfer, in simple and direct ways, a core of credits that count toward their chosen major. 
  • Credit When It’s Due (CWID) – initiative program designed to award associate degrees to eligible students who transferred to a four-year campus without completing a degree.

 

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Transfer High School Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Best for: High school students wanting to earn college credit for their Advanced Placement exams

Description: Earning a high score on an Advanced Placement exam – a “3” or higher – guarantees students college credit upon entrance to any of Ohio’s public colleges and universities. Through our easy-to-use tool, they can find out how their credits transfer.

Key Points:

  • AP credits reduce the time and cost of postsecondary education.
  • Follow this link for a list of AP courses and exams offered.

To view the credit awarding for scores of 3, 4 and 5 for all public institutions in Ohio, visit this website.

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Transferology

Best for: Students transferring college credits among public and private institutions nationwide.

Description: Transferology is a CollegeSource product that allows students to enter their prior college courses and learning experiences to find out in advance how they would transfer and apply toward a degree program at various colleges and universities.

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  • Students can plug in coursework, exams and/or military learning experiences to Transferology and find out how their intended schools would recognize their prior learning toward a degree program that they are interested in. This course equivalency can be used to find coursework nationwide, including bi-lateral agreements. 
  • Students may also use Transferology’s “Find a Replacement Course” tool to explore their options for transferring classes taken at another institution back to their current school. This feature is great for students looking to knock out a required class at a local college while home for the summer.

 

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