How Transfer Works
All of the institutions granting these bachelor's degrees guarantee that courses within the specified Associate's degree will transfer. However, the transfer contact or advisor at the transfer school needs to evaluate your credits to be sure they apply most effectively to the degree you want to earn. Different degree programs at different schools have their own specific course requirements that students must take to complete the degree. That means that even though a course may be accepted as transfer credit, it may not be accepted or counted as credit toward your bachelor's degree.
Next Steps – Transcript Review
Once you've expressed interest in a bachelor's degree, you'll be expected to provide a copy of your transcript. As part of the transcript review process, the transfer advisor will need to determine whether or not you have fulfilled the general education requirements for the Bachelor's degree you're interested in attaining. This means that they'll be looking for courses on your transcript that meet one of these levels:
- Category certified – completed at least one, but not all of the categories of the general education core requirements of the degree
- Core certified – completed all of the categories of the general education core requirements of the degree
- Full general education certified – completed all categories of the general education core requirements for the degree plus any additional general education requirements of your school
You can see how your courses will transfer by using the Kentucky Course Applicability System (CAS)(http://ky.transfer.org/cas/index.jsp) . This online transfer planning tool provides information on courses, course equivalencies and program requirements for participating colleges and universities. You may find it helpful to record the information you get from CAS to make sure you qualify for one of these certifications. If you've taken a course and it is not indicated on your transcript, you'll need to contact the registrar's office at the school which granted your Associate's degree and ask it be added.
Remember that the resulting grades for courses matter during the transfer review process. Program requirements may prohibit a "D" grade from being accepted toward your degree at your transfer school. Once the dialogue between you and your transfer advisor begins, you may want to inquire as to how your grades could affect your transfer to the school. In addition to credit for college courses, some schools may award credit for military training or professional experience in the workplace. Be sure to ask the transfer advisor if this is an option. If it is, you can get a transcript that reflects this experience from the American Council on Education (www.acenet.edu/transcripts). This transcript will recommend how this experience could count as college credit and should be included when you apply for admission.