MSCHE Endorses Statement of Principles on Acceptance of Credit

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) on April 30, 2020, formally endorsed two statements: a Statement of Principles on Acceptance of Credit issued on behalf of the American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; and National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and a Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit issued by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and American Council on Education.

MSCHE already calls for its institutions to possess clear policies and procedures regarding the evaluation and acceptance of transfer credits through its standards for accreditation, requirements of affiliation, and policies and procedures. However, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has intensified the need for institutions to reevaluate existing policies and procedures to ensure equitable outcomes and transparency for constituents in these unprecedented times. The statements aim to promote transfer credit policies that are reasonable, well-articulated, and facilitate transfer of credit in a manner that recognizes and reduces the extraordinary burdens and traditional inequities for students.