HCC Guarantee of Educational Excellence

The Houston Community College District is committed to excellence in education. As an expression of this commitment, HCC guarantees its graduates both transfer credit and entry-level job skills. Such guarantee is a statement of confidence in the administration, faculty, and staff as well as a commitment to our educational mission to empower students so they may achieve their highest potential. 

This guarantee is expressly subject to and limited to special conditions identified in the following sections on job competency and transfer credit. The HCC obligation under this guarantee is limited to providing additional courses under the conditions prescribed in these sections.

Transfer Credit

HCC guarantees to those students earning the Associate in Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching and the Associate in Science degrees that their required courses will transfer to all public-supported Texas colleges and universities. If these courses are rejected by the senior institution of the student’s choice, HCC  will offer the student an alternate tuition-free course that will transfer.

Transferability means the acceptance of HCC credit toward a specific major and degree at a specific institution, as defined by the student’s  transfer/degree plan. However, no institution of higher education shall be required to accept in transfer, or apply toward a degree program, more than sixty-six (66) semester credit hours of lower-division academic credit. Institutions of higher education, may choose to accept additional credit hours by agreement. The transfer guarantee of academic courses is subject to the following conditions:

  • The student must file a written transfer/degree plan by the time he/she has completed 12 semester hours or the equivalent at HCC. The transfer/degree plan must include the following: (a) the specific institution to which the student plans to transfer, (b) the bachelor’s degree and major the student plans to pursue, and (c) the date such decision was made.
  • Courses must be identified by the receiving institutions as transferable and applicable toward a specific major. The receiving institution determines the following:
  • Total number of credits accepted for transfer
  • Grades required
  • Relevant grade point average
  • Duration of transferability
  • Required courses must have been taken at HCC no earlier than three years before the attempt to transfer.

If the above terms and conditions have been met and courses are not accepted by a receiving institution in transfer, the following terms and conditions are applicable:

  • The student must submit to HCC a Notice of Transfer Credit Denial from the receiving institution (within 10 days of  denial) so the resolution process may begin.
  • If transfer credit denial is not resolved, tuition-free transfer courses (semester hour  for semester hour) must be taken within a one-year period.
  • Although courses are tuition-free, students will be responsible for any fees or course-related expenses, other than the course-required books that HCC is responsible for providing at no cost to the student.

Job Competency Guarantee

HCC guarantees that graduates earning workforce certificates or degrees will possess the job skills required for entry-level employment in the occupational field for which they have been trained. (This guarantee does not imply the graduate will pass any licensing or qualifying examination for a particular career.)

Any HCC workforce program certificate or degree graduate whom the employer determines is  lacking in the technical or general educational skills necessary for entry to the position shall be provided up to nine tuition-free credit hours. A program of instruction must be designed to meet specific occupational competencies identified in technical courses which are competency-based and emphasize the acquisition of the skills necessary for immediate employment and/or career advancement. Program competencies are identified in the course syllabus provided to each student. 

  • This guarantee applies only to certificates and degrees of at least 30 semester hours or 360 contact hours.
  • All course work in question must have been taken at HCC and taught by HCC instructors.
  • The graduate must have earned the AAS or certificate in a workforce program listed in the HCC catalog no earlier than one year prior to the beginning date of the employment in question.
  • The graduate must have completed the degree within a five-year period beginning at the point of first enrollment. 
  • The graduate must be employed full-time within 12 months of graduation and in a position directly related to the specific program completed at HCC.
  • Within 90 days of the graduate’s initial date of employment, the employer must certify in writing that the graduate lacks entry-level skills identified by HCC as program-exit competencies. The employer must specify the areas of deficiency.
  • The employer, graduate, and HCC personnel will develop a written retraining plan. The retraining will be limited to nine credit hours or 360 contact hours related to the identified skill deficiency.
  • The retraining must be completed within one calendar year from the time the plan is agreed upon.
  • Although retraining is tuition-free, the graduate (or employer) is responsible for the cost of insurance, uniforms, fees, and any other course-related expenses. HCC is responsible for the cost of books required for the course work.