Update on Recent Policy and Procedures Public Call for Comment

The MSCHE Policy Unit recently revised the Credit Hour Policy and Procedures and the Transfer of Credit, Prior Learning, and Articulation Agreements Policy, Procedures, and Guidelines. Because this was a substantive revision, the Commission issued a Public Call for Comment from January 24 – February 4, 2022.

The Commission received over a dozen comments from the public. The majority of comments were about clarifications to definitions. The Commission seeks to use federal definitions in its policies wherever possible. Other comments focused on institutional concerns regarding accreditation status as an exclusionary criterion for developing transfer of credit policies and procedures. The current and revised policy and procedures do not require or preclude using the accreditation status of an institution from which a student is transferring; however, it cannot be the sole basis for acceptance or denial of credit. The institution should base its policy and procedures on course equivalency. Finally, several comments were submitted to request more specific guidance on measuring asynchronous instruction and other means for evaluating credit hour. The Commission is not prescriptive in this regard and refers institutions to the wide variety of excellent resources on best practices including American Council on Education (ACE), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), and the Council for Higher Education Association (CHEA), among others. The Commission upholds flexibility for its member institutions by allowing institutions to determine their own credit hour policies, procedures, and methodologies, so long as they comply with federal regulations. The Commission seeks to uphold flexibility for institutions developing transfer of credit policies, while also ensuring that such policies remain fair and accessible to students.

Upon approval by the Commission, the Credit Hour Policy and Procedures and Transfer of Credit, Prior Learning, and Articulation Agreements Policy, Procedures, and Guidelines will take effect on July 1, 2022.

The Policy Unit is also in the process of revising its Related Entities Policy and developing new procedures. The Commission will issue a public Call for Comments in early April.

The Policy Unit reviews and updates the Dues and Fees Procedures on an annual basis. The revised documents will be posted as soon as possible.