Articulation: ATLAS Implementation Policies - June 2007
The following policies are not meant to address prerequisite requirements. Prerequisites require offering course department approval, and none of these proposals are intended to change any policy related to prerequisites.
Mismatched Credit Hours - Oregon State University will articulate transfer courses based on equivalency of transfer course content, level, and credit in comparison to an OSU course. If the transfer course differs in credit hours to the articulated equivalent course at OSU by one credit, the equivalency to clear the course content and/or requirement will be granted.
Example: When a transfer course taken at an accredited transfer institution for 3 credits is articulated as equivalent to an OSU course offered at 4 credits, the equivalent OSU course content and course requirement will be approved, but will clear the requirement as earned at 3 credits.
Second Example: When a transfer course taken at an accredited transfer institution for 4 credits is articulated as equivalent to an OSU course offered at 3 credits, the equivalent OSU course content and course requirement will be approved, and will clear the requirement as earned at 3 credits. The student will also earn an additional hour of credit shown as a course number of LDT or UDT (Lower or Upper Division Transfer).
Major Specific Articulation - Colleges or major programs may substitute a transfer course for a different major or college degree course requirement.
Example: MTH 243 at Oregon community colleges is generally articulated as ST 201 at OSU, but the College of Business and College of Engineering want to substitute MTH 243 from community colleges for OSU's MTH 245. This would be accomplished by putting an attribute on the articulated course that allows CAPP to clear the degree requirement in those specific colleges.
Note: This does not make the course equivalent in all respects, nor does it satisfy a prerequisite, which requires offering course departmental approval. Degree requirements which are satisfied, but which do not also satisfy prerequisite requirements should always be shown as a course number of LDT or UDT (Lower or Upper Division Transfer). Prerequisite clearance for transfer courses is a separate decision that is controlled by the department offering the courses.
Series Classes - When a set of courses offered at a community college does not have a one to one equivalence to individual courses at OSU, but the set of courses does have an equivalence to a set of courses offered at OSU, the courses should have attributes added in the articulation tables which allow the degree audit system to utilize set equivalencies and clear the graduation requirements for the set of courses.
Example: Chemeketa students can take up to 18 different combinations of classes to clear the BI 211, 212, 213 series. These courses are not articulated as equivalent to BI 211, 212, 213 in our system. Attributes can be added to the Chemeketa courses which will allow CAPP processing to clear the BI 211, 212 and 213 series from degree requirements.
Classes with Labs - When the transfer institution offers courses that have lab components and the individual courses are not directly equivalent to OSU courses, but the combined courses do equate to an individual course at OSU, the courses should have attributes added in the articulation tables which allow the degree audit system to utilize the combined equivalency to clear the degree requirements for the course requirement.
Example: If a school taught a 3-credit biology lecture course and a 1-credit biology lab as two distinct courses, the articulation table would not show an individual one to one equivalence with any OSU course, but an attribute could be attached to the courses to clear the degree requirement for an OSU course with lab.