Appendix A: Pacific Postsecondary Education Council (PPEC) Statement on Transfer and Articulation of Courses and Programs
All Pacific Postsecondary Education Council (PPEC) member colleges are accredited by the Western Association and Schools and Colleges (WASC). The two-year colleges are accredited by the WASC Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), and the four-year colleges are accredited by the WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (ACSCU). Regional accreditation not only signifies a level of institutional quality, but is a requirement for any institution to become a recipient of US government funding, including student financial aid, Title III support for developing institutions, Carl Perkins Vocational Education Act, etc. Maintaining accreditation is critical to the survival of all PPEC institutions.
PPEC higher education institutional leaders have worked collaboratively to serve the needs of member institutions as they address regional and postsecondary education. One of these issues includes articulating the compatibility of educational programs to facilitate transferability of academic credits among member institutions. Additionally, the WASC 2001 Handbook of Accreditation states, that “it is important for reasons of social equity and educational effectiveness, as well as for the wise use of resources, for all institutions to develop reasonable and definitive policies and procedures for acceptance of transfer of credit. Such policies and procedures should provide maximum consideration for the individual student who has changed institutions or objectives.”
The goal of the Pohnpei Accord (signed by PPEC member institutions on December 11, 2003) is to clearly articulate transfer of credit guidelines for students entering the University of Guam and to exchange academic knowledge and expertise in cooperative transfer policies with the framework of accreditation and current best practices. Specifically,
- This statement makes specific the guaranteed transfer of courses taken by students at the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI), the College of Micronesia-FSM (COMFSM), the Northern Marianas College (NMC), the Guam Community College (GCC), and Palau Community College (PCC). Guaranteed transfer credit will be awarded for courses passed with a grade of “C” or higher only.
- Students transferring to the University of Guam to earn a baccalaureate degree must finish all courses in their major area of study and must take 32 credits in residence at the University of Guam, regardless of the transfer credit award. In residence means any course offered through the University of Guam and transcripted from the University of Guam.
- Students transferring to the University of Guam to earn a baccalaureate degree must complete at least 40 upper division credits.
- All students entering the University of Guam must take English and Mathematics Placement test unless exempt due to transfer credit awarded, or by other criteria as determined by the Registrar. If a student is found to be deficient (this is not expected and should be rare), developmental coursework outside of their major may be required.
- Courses that are developmental, vocational or technical in nature may transfer individually articulated within a program or specified on a course substitution form.
Students completing an Associate of Arts of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences degree from accredited colleges will have fulfilled lower division General Education course requirements at the University of Guam. This does not include the waiving of those general education courses that are prerequisites to upper division and major courses, unless that specific course has been articulated with the appropriate course at the University of Guam and was taken by the student in the course of his/her study. All lower division, upper division and major course requirements for a baccalaureate degree must be taken unless an equivalent was completed prior to transferring to the University of Guam. Additional degree specific requirements may need to be completed prior to graduation.
Appendix B: Articulation Agreement
Articulation with the University of Guam: The matrix below shows GCC courses that are transferable to the University of Guam. Students have the option to either follow the new UOG General Education framework (seen in the matrix below) or the old UOG General Education framework which is valid for the next three (3) years, from Academic Year 2017-2019. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for articulated courses that do not fall under General Education is under review as of May 2017.