UHV Catalog 2007-2008

Transfer of Undergraduate Credits

Transfer students should refer to the following regulations concerning transfer of credits to UH-Victoria. A student in doubt about courses which can be transferred to this university may consult the Office of Admissions and Records. Information as to how specific courses may be applied toward a degree should be obtained from the school of the studentís proposed degree.

General Regulations

  1. The college from which credit is to be transferred must be accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations. The six associations are Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
  2. Courses transfer to UH-Victoria on the same level and with the corresponding number of hours as earned at another institution. Grades are never lowered in transfer.
  3. When a course has been repeated for credit, the last grade and credit hours will determine the acceptance for the course.
  4. A student who has completed the core curriculum at another Texas public institution will have satisfied the core curriculum requirements for UHV.
  5. Students who have not completed the core at another Texas public institution are subject to the following guideline. Courses taken at other colleges that do not correspond to courses listed in the Common Course Numbering System section in this catalog or to courses offered by this university may transfer as elective credit and may apply to specific degree requirements with appropriate academic approval.
  6. The following courses are not accepted by the university in transfer.
    1. Vocational courses except those required for university degree programs.
    2. Orientation, remedial English, remedial reading courses; high school level mathematics or intermediate algebra courses; bookkeeping courses.
    3. General Education Development Tests on high school or college level.
  7. Courses in technology will be considered for transfer credit on an individual basis, depending on the studentís plan and the type of course to be transferred.
  8. Credit may be granted for courses taken at military service training schools when such training is considered to be at the baccalaureate level or higher and consistent with the studentís educational objective. Transfer credit will be based on recommendations made in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.
  9. A maximum of 12 semester hours in religion is accepted toward a degree.
  10. To earn a bachelorís degree at UH-Victoria, 30 of the last 36 upper division hours must be completed with UH-Victoria.

The dean of the school of the studentís plan, with the advice and consent of the president or his/her designate, will make the decision concerning the application of transfer credit to the degree program.

Transfer of Vocational and Technical Courses

Vocational or technical courses will transfer for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, provided the courses are transferred from a college or university accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations, the credit is of college level, and the credit is shown on the schoolís official transcript.

Transfer Credit From International Institutions

Transfer work from international institutions that do not follow the U.S. pattern of education will be evaluated on an individual basis. Credit will be given for work satisfactorily completed at international institutions offering programs recognized by University of Houston-Victoria. Official credentials submitted directly from the Office of the Registrar and a listing of courses completed and grades awarded must accompany any request for transfer credit. Credentials must contain both English translation, if necessary, and original language of instruction. Courses must be equivalent in character and content to courses offered at UHV. No English composition courses will be transferred from institutions located in non-English speaking countries. American history and American political science/government courses will not transfer from foreign institutions. Courses taken at language training centers or institutes are generally not awarded transfer credit.

Junior College Regulations
A student enrolled in a degree program at UH-Victoria may transfer hours from a junior college, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Courses taken at a junior college cannot transfer as upper division (junior and senior) credits.
  2. There is no limit to the number of credits transferable from a junior college, but in addition to these credits a student must earn a minimum of 54 semester hours of upper division work toward a bachelorís degree, with exception to the RN to BSN program which requires 31 upper division hours, and the BAAS program which requires 40 upper division hours.

Correspondence Credit

UH-Victoria does not offer correspondence courses; however, such credit may be accepted in transfer when taken from an accredited college or university. A student may apply a maximum of 18 semester hours of correspondence credit toward a bachelorís degree. Only 6 semester hours in the plan may be correspondence credit.

Experiential Learning

The University does not award academic course credit for experiential learning or life experience. As specified by the state, certain kinds of experience may be credited toward fulfilling certification requirements in Education.

Transfer of Examination Credit

Credit for advanced placement earned at another institution may be transferred provided the institution is accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations, the credit is of college level and the credit is shown on the schoolís official transcript.

The dean of the school of the studentís plan, with the advice and consent of the president or his/her designate, will make the decision concerning the application of advanced placement credit to the degree program.

Evaluation of Transfer Work

If the application for admission indicates that the student plans to earn a degree at UH-Victoria, college credit earned at another accredited institution will be evaluated in accordance with the transfer of credit regulations in effect at the time of enrollment. The evaluation of transfer work is usually made after enrollment and after the complete transfer record is on file. Copies of the evaluation will be mailed to the student and the school of the studentís plan.

Resolution of Transfer Disputes for Lower Division Courses

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has established procedures to be followed by Texas public colleges and universities in resolving transfer of credit disputes involving lower division courses. Courses covered by this procedure are defined by the Coordinating Boardís guide, "Transfer of Credit Policies and Curricula."

If a transfer course covered by the Coordinating Board policies is not accepted, the student may initiate an appeal. A "UH-Victoria Appeal Form" must be completed and submitted to UH-Victoria Office of Admissions and Records within 15 calendar days after the evaluation of transfer work has been sent to the student. (Forms are available in the Office of Admissions and Records or at www.uhv.edu/oar ).

The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with the Coordinating Board rules and/or guidelines.

If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the institution at which the credit was earned, then UH-Victoria will state its reason for course denial to the Commissioner of Higher Education within 45 days after the date the student received written notice of the denial.

The commissioner or a designee will then provide a final written decision about the transfer of course credit to UH-Victoria, the student and the other institution.

Transfer of Graduate Credits

The transfer student must meet the regular admission requirements. Credit may be transferred only for graduate credit courses completed with a grade of A or B. These courses, completed in residence at the University of Houston-Victoria under a graduate degree program, must be certified as graduate level by the Office of Admissions and Records of UH-Victoria. Except for the MBA program, the transfer student must complete 75% of the coursework required for a degree program at UHV (for example, 36 hours in a 48 hour program) unless transferring from a UH System institution. In the latter case, the student must complete 50% at UHV. The MBA program accepts only 6 semester credit hours in transfer, effective Fall 2003.

Advanced work completed with another institution prior to the time the institution offered graduate credit will not apply as credit toward an advanced degree at UH-Victoria. The student bears the final responsibility for securing the Office of Admissions and Recordsí evaluation. Approval of transfer credit toward a degree is by the appropriate school dean with the advice and consent of the president or his/her designee.

Correspondence Credit

Graduate credit is not granted for correspondence courses and courses taken prior to the studentís admission to a graduate school.