Articulation and Transfer, Calendar Conversion

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					Calendar Conversion

             October 14, 2009
    Calendar Conversion
Four Year Institutions        Two Year Institutions
 University of Cincinnati       Belmont Technical College
 The Ohio State University      Central Ohio Technical College
 Ohio University                Cincinnati State Technical & CC
 Wright State University        Clark State Community College
                                 Columbus State CC
                                 Hocking College
                                 James A. Rhodes State College
                                 Marion Technical College
                                 North Central State College
                                 Sinclair Community College
                                 Southern State CC
                                 Washington State CC
                                 Zane State College
Calendar Conversion
 An institution’s semester calendar will not
  violate any accreditation regulations, federal
  guidelines, etc.
 An institution’s semester calendar will
  facilitate the attainment of The University
  System of Ohio goals, including the transfer
 A semester credit hour will mean the same
  throughout The University System of Ohio.
Calendar Conversion
Semester Credit Hour:
 One semester credit hour will be awarded
 for a minimum of 750 minutes of formalized
 instruction that typically requires students to
 work at out-of-class assignments an average
 of two hours for every hour of formalized
 instruction. The instructor bears the
 primary responsibility for formalized
 instruction, which may be delivered in a
 variety of modes.
Calendar Conversion
Semester Length Definition:
 Volume 3 Chapter One, “Academic Calendar
 & Payment Period” of the 2008-2009 Federal
 Student Aid Handbook defines an academic
 year as at least 30 weeks of instructional
 time. The number of weeks of instructional
 time is based on the period that begins on
 the first day of classes in the academic year
 and ends on the last day of classes or
 examinations. Semesters and trimesters are
 generally 14 to 17 weeks long.
Calendar Conversion
The ad hoc group wishes to echo the Ohio Board
of Regents’ memo of February 4, 2000, defining the
length of academic terms. It stresses both the
need for flexibility required by new modes of
instruction and scheduling and the need for
consistency in transferring credit among
institutions and equity in awarding subsidy.
Ultimately, the responsibility for protecting
the academic integrity of curricula, programs, and
schedules rests upon the judgment of the
chief academic officers of Ohio’s colleges and
universities within The University System of Ohio.
Standard Definitions of
Instructional Arrangements and
Guidelines for the Awarding of
Academic Credit
Calendar Conversion Opportunities

   Course Enrichment

   Improve Course Alignments for Transfer

   Address the New Learning Outcomes for
    English and Math Transfer Module Courses and
    the New and Revised TAG Courses
Ohio Board of Regents Guidelines for
Majors and Minors
New Manual for Two and Four Year Institutions

Minimum Numbers Required
Major - 30 Semester Hours
Minor - 18 Semester Hours
Ohio Board of Regents Guidelines for
Majors and Minors
 In the existing Operating Manual for Two-Year
 Campus Programs which can be found on the OBR
 Website the following applies for a technical major:

 For approved Associate of Applied Science or Associate
 of Applied Business Degrees:
 A technical major should consist of 12 to 16 semester
 credit hours which constitute an area of specialization
 under the existing degree program. In addition,
 technical majors consisting more than 16 semester
 credit hours may be approved by the Board of Regents.
 Definition of a Transfer Module
The Ohio Transfer Module contains 54-60 quarter
Hours or 36-40 semester hours of course credit in:
 English composition (minimum 3 semester hours)
 mathematics, statistics and formal/symbolic logic
  (minimum of 3 semester hours)
 arts/humanities (minimum of 6 semester hours)
 social and behavioral sciences (minimum of 6 semester
 natural sciences (minimum 6 semester hours)
Definition of Ohio Transfer Module
Additional elective hours from among
these areas make up the total hours for a
completed Transfer Module. Courses for
the Transfer Module should be 100- and
200- level general education courses
commonly competed in the first two years
of a student’s residency.
Ohio Transfer Module
 The Transfer Module may be a subset or the
 complete set of a college’s or university’s
 general education requirements in A.A., A.S. and
 baccalaureate degrees.

 Room for flexibility within the general
 education requirements.

 Still needs to support seamless transfer.
Ohio Transfer Module Guidelines
Arts and Humanities
   The course directly emphasizes at least one of the learning outcomes for the
    Transfer Module. Which of these learning outcomes are addressed and how?
    ◦ Communicate effectively: All general education programs include a component for
      writing; many also include a component for oral communication or presentation
    ◦ Evaluate arguments in a logical fashion: Competence in analysis and logical
      argument are explicit learning goals for most general education programs,
      although these skills go by a variety of names (e.g., critical thinking, analysis,
      logical thinking, etc.)
    ◦ Employ the methods of inquiry characteristic of natural sciences, social sciences, and
      the arts and humanities: The tools for solving problems vary across disciplines;
      general education introduces students to methods of inquiry in several fields of
      study and thereby prepares students to integrate information from different
    ◦ Acquire an understanding of our global and diverse culture and society
    ◦ Engage in our democratic society: One of the overarching goals of general
      education is to prepare students to be active and informed citizens, the
      development of a disposition to participate in and contribute to our democracy
      is full of equal importance to the goal of having the skills to do so intelligently
    Ohio Transfer Module Guidelines
   The course has the required entry level college proficiencies
    appropriate to the course. Entry level college proficiencies can be
    shown using a variety of means including placement exams,
    prerequisite coursework and a description of the course materials.

   Course is not remedial or developmental.

   Course does not cover variable content from term to term.

   Course is not a special topics course.

   Course is not an upper division course.

   Course is not a narrowly-focused technical or pre-technical course.

   Course is an introductory-level course that focuses on the study of
    human endeavors spanning historical periods, regions and cultures.
Ohio Transfer Module Guidelines
   Course is from one of the following disciplines:
    history of dance, art, music, theatre, film,
    literature, religion, philosophy, ethics or history.

   Course employs the methods of inquiry
    characteristic of arts and humanities.

   Course is not a skill developmental or a
    preparatory course for advanced study in a major
    (e.g. applied music lessons, studio art, symbolic
    logic, theatre skills and creative writing).
 OTM and TAG Course Review Process
 During Calendar Conversion
 Maintain the Integrity of the Review Process
 Process is Understandable
 Process is Easy to Implement

Current Progress:
 Had Discussion with Faculty on September 25th
 Refining Recommendations
Calendar Conversion Timeline
 Quarter Institution                        First Semester Term
 Belmont Technical College                  SU 2012

 Central Ohio Technical College             AU 2012

 Cincinnati State Technical and Community   AU 2012
 Clark State Community College              AU 2012

 Columbus State Community College           AU 2012

 Hocking College                            AU 2012

 Marion Technical College                   AU 2012

 North Central State College                AU 2012

 The Ohio State University                  AU 2012

 Ohio University                            AU 2012

 Rhodes State College                       AU 2012

 Sinclair Community College                 AU 2012

 Southern State Community College           AU 2012

 University of Cincinnati                   AU 2012

 Washington State Community College         AU 2012

 Wright State University                    AU 2012

 Zane State College                         SU 2012
OTM and TAG Course Review Process
During Calendar Conversion
Broad Stroke Concepts:
 Full Review and Expedited Partial Review
 Data Entry Still Will Be Time Consuming

 Website
 Training Sessions
 Faculty Panel Assistance
   Compliance is the requirement that all institutions offering a TAG
    major have approved matches to all OANs within the relevant
    TAG. Institutions must also have an approved match to any OTM
    courses that have learning outcomes such as College Algebra or
    English Composition I.

   Institutions going through calendar conversion have until Fall
    2012 to have their TAG and OTM course matches approved.
    Institutions already on semesters are encouraged to get their
    new TAG and OTM course matches submitted for review as soon
    as possible. These institutions also will have the same compliance
    deadline date of Fall 2012.
Letter of Understanding
   The Ohio Board of Regents and the institution will
    work together to facilitate the review of OTM and
    TAG course matches in the most effective and
    efficient manner while maintaining quality.

   During the time period that institutions are going
    through calendar conversion, the statewide
    equivalency guarantees will be under redevelopment.
    Therefore, it is important that institutions keep
    focused on the student in the awarding of transfer
    credit and make decisions based on what is best
    for the student.
 Calendar Conversion
Thanks and Appreciation are extended to
Wright State University for having this
Semester Summit.

Through cooperation and collaboration
we will be more successful in this endeavor.
Contact Information

Paula K. Compton, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor,
Articulation & Transfer