Transferring Credits

Transferring Credits

The following pages are listings of the course equivalencies between the Houston Community College System and most Texas Public Universities. An equivalency is part of an articulation agreement between two institutions facilitating accurate and efficient transfer between those institutions. An equivalency is a determination by both the community college and the university that a specific course(s) at one institution is equivalent in content and credit to a specific course(s) at the other institution. By comparing equivalencies, official transcripts can be easily evaluated to grant transfer credit which apply toward degree requirements at HCCS or at the university. HCCS students can expect a “seamless” transfer if following a transfer plan based on equivalencies.

NOTE: An established equivalency guarantees the transfer of courses between institutions. However, the right to determine how a course applies to degree requirements is reserved by specific programs.

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Texas Common Course Numbering System

Texas Common Course Numbering System: The Texas Common Course Numbering System was developed in part to assist students in identifying which courses at one college will meet specific course requirements at another college. In other words, the common course numbering system promotes the successful transfer of course work among colleges and universities in Texas, making the transfer process easy for students. The TCCNS ensures that if a student takes courses which the receiving institution has designated as common, then the courses will be accepted in transfer, and the credit will be treated as if the courses had actually benn taken on the receiving institution’s campus.

The common course number has a standardized four-letter prefix followed by a four-digit number-example, ENGL 1301. The four-letter prefix identifies the subject area. Each digit in the four-digit sequence gives additional information about the course. The first digit identifies the course as either freshman level (1) or sophomore level (2). The second digit identifies the number of credit hours a student will earn upon completion of the course. Most often this digit will be a 1, 2, 3 or 4. The final two digits serve to establish the sequence in which courses are generally taken.

Most Texas public community colleges utitlize the Texas Common Course Numbering System. That is, a common course will have the same course number at any institution using the TCCNS. For example, English Composition I will be numbered ENGL 1301 at all common numbering schools. Some universities do not directly use the common numbers for their courses directly but do recognize and subscribe to the Texas Common Course Numbering System. In the course description sections of many catalogs, the common course number is shown in brackets-example, [ENGL1301].

NOTE: Common course transfer assumes that the grade achieved in the course meets an institution’s minimum grade requirement for transfer. For example, many institutions will not transfer a D grade, even if the course is designated as a common course.

Credits by Exam

HCC will award up to 24 semester credit hours of credit by exam with passing scores from the following nationally acceptable exams:

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) »
Advanced Placement (AP) »
DANTES (DSST) »
International Baccalaureate (IB) »

Official test score reports must be sent by the test publisher to:

Office of Student Records
Houston Community College
3100 Main St., MC 1136
Houston, TX 77002

Credit by exam will be posted in the student’s academic record after the student has earned 6 college-level hours at HCC.

Transfer credits by type

Transfer Credits for Louisiana Schools

 
 
 
 

Courses listed in the equivalency charts are equated with the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS), based on review of catalog descriptions and degree requirements at the listed universities. Students, admission officers, and academic advisors can use this crosswalk as a general guide for transfer credit evaluation and course placement. TCCNS includes only lower-division courses.

For students transferring coursework to a Texas institution: courses listed in the crosswalks are widely applicable at Texas colleges and universities. For example, CHEM 107 at Tulane generally transfers in the same way as CHEM 1311, subject to the transfer policies and curriculum of the receiving institution. For students planning to transfer coursework back to a Louisiana institution: course comparisons listed in the crosswalks below are the best available estimates how Louisiana institutions might accept courses, but Texas campuses cannot guarantee receiving institutions will make the same assessments in reverse (see your Louisiana school transfer representative). Differences between courses that may affect transfer and/or degree applicability of credit are noted parenthetically.
Course numbering and unit of credit information for sending institutions appear at the end of the university chart.

Evaluators in Texas (Foreign Credit Evaluation Companies)

 
 
 

HCC Acceptable Foreign Credit Evaluation Companies

Note: Students and HCC Employees will generally need one of two types of foreign evaluations for US equivalency for any education obtained outside of the United States, if that institution is not accredited by a recognized US accreditor. However, Canadian universities do not require a foreign evaluation for US equivalency. The Canadian university educational system parallels the US system. Credit and degrees from Canadian schools can be transferred directly (without need of a foreign evaluation) in the same way that all accredited US transcripts are transferred.

General Evaluation: Lists any degrees earned outside of the US and equates the award to what would be the equivalent achievement using US standards. In most cases, a degree in one country is equivalent to that same degree in the US, however, in some cases a degree in one country is not equivalent to that same degree in the US. In that case, the General Evaluation will state how many credit hours were earned toward a particular major in the US.

Course by Course Evaluation: Gives the same information as a General Evaluation plus adds a listing of all courses taken by title, credit and grade earned in terms of US equivalency standards.

CEIE Specialists
Houston, TX Phone and web not active
(Closed)

Foreign Credential Services, Inc.
Austin, TX Phone: 512-459-8428
foreigncredentials.org

Global Credential Evaluators
College Station, TX
Phone: 800-517-4754
gceus.com

International Academic Credential Evaluators
Denton, TX
Phone: 940-383-7498
iacei.net

SDR Educational Consultants
Houston, TX
Phone: 713-460-3525
hcc.sdr.credentialconnection.com

SpanTran Educational Services, Inc.
Houston, TX
Phone: 713-266-8805
spantran.com

Worldwide Education Consultant Services, Inc.
Houston, TX
Phone: 281-829-9243
wecseval.com

Education Evaluators International
Kew Gardens, NY
Phone: 401-521-5340
educei.com

Education International
Wellesley, MA
Phone: 781-235-7425
educationinternational.org

Educational Perspectives
Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-421-9300
edperspective.org

Educational Records Evaluation Service
Sacramento, CA
Phone: 916-921-0790
eres.com

Evaluation World, LLC.
Wilmington, DE
Phone: 302-504-4410
evaluationworld.com

Foreign Credential Evaluations, Inc.
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Phone: 770-642-1108
fceatlanta.net

Foreign Credits Translation & Evaluation,Inc.
Des Plaines, IL
Phone:224-521-0170
foreigncredits.com

Foundation for International Services, Inc.
Edmonds, WA
Phone: 425-248-2255
fis-web.com

Institute of Foreign Credential Services
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Phone: (914) 693-2840
ifcsevals.com

Note: Other U.S. foreign evaluation companies can be considered on a case by case basis.

Evaluators Out of State (Foreign Credit Evaluation Companies)

 

HCC Acceptable Foreign Credit Evaluation Companies

Note: Students and HCC Employees will generally need one of two types of foreign evaluations for US equivalency for any education obtained outside of the United States, if that institution is not accredited by a recognized US accreditor. However, Canadian universities do not require a foreign evaluation for US equivalency. The Canadian university educational system parallels the US system. Credit and degrees from Canadian schools can be transferred directly (without need of a foreign evaluation) in the same way that all accredited US transcripts are transferred.

General Evaluation: Lists any degrees earned outside of the US and equates the award to what would be the equivalent achievement using US standards. In most cases, a degree in one country is equivalent to that same degree in the US, however, in some cases a degree in one country is not equivalent to that same degree in the US. In that case, the General Evaluation will state how many credit hours were earned toward a particular major in the US.

Course by Course Evaluation: Gives the same information as a General Evaluation plus adds a listing of all courses taken by title, credit and grade earned in terms of US equivalency standards.

AACRAO
Office of Int’l Education Svcs, Credential Analysis
Washington, DPhone 202-296-3359
aacrao.org

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc.
Beverly Hills, CA
Phone 310-275-3530
acei-global.org

AUAP Credential Evaluation Services
Sarasota, FL
Phone 941-346-1427
auap.com

Career Consulting International
Sunrise, FL
Phone: 800-771-4723
thedegreepeople.com

Center for Applied Research Evaluation & Education
Anaheim, CA
Phone: 714-237-9272
iescaree.com

Center for Educational Documentation, Inc.
Boston, MA 02117
Phone: 517-338-7171
cedevaluations.com

Educational Credential Evaluators
Milwaukee, WI
Phone: 414-289-3400
ece.org

International Credentialing Associates, Inc.
Seminole, FL
Phone: (727) 549-8555
icaworld.com

International Education Evaluations
Charlotte, NC
Phone: 704-772-0109
foreigntranscripts.com

International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
Culver City, CA
Phone: 310-258-9451
ierf.org

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
Miami, FL
Phone: 305-273-1616
jsilny.com

One Earth Int’l Credential Evaluations
Madison, WI
Phone: 608-205-818
oneearthevaluations.org

The Trustforte Corporation
New York, NY
Phone: 212-481-4870
trustfortecorp.com

Universal Translation & Evaluation Services
Sherman Oaks, CA
Phone: 818-522-5800
universalevaluation.com

World Education Services, Inc.
Chicago, New York, Miami
Phone: 800-937-3895 or 305-358-6688
wes.org

Note: Other U.S. foreign evaluation companies can be considered on a case by case basis.

Military Credit

 
 
 
 

Guidelines for Advanced Standing Credit

Military Credit Students must:
Access the website(s) listed below to obtain the official military transcript (sometimes called AARTS, SMART, or ACE transcript) of college work, training, and job responsibilities (NOTE: A DD-214 is not enough to evaluate credit. You must present one of the transcripts below):
Air Force
Army
Army/A.C.E. Registry Transcript System (AARTS)
https://jst.doded.mil
http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp

Marine and Navy
Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)
https://jst.doded.mil

Ace Military Programs
http://www.acenet.edu

  1. See the counselor to obtain the Application for Advanced Standing Credit.
  2. Complete the Application for Advanced Standing Credit.  There is no fee for the military evaluation. (Note: Application for military credit does not guarantee that credit will be granted).
  3. Return the application to the counselor along with the official military transcript for routing to the Registrar’s Office.

Counselor then forwards the official military transcript with the Application for Advanced Standing Credit to the Registrar’s Office, MC 1136.

If you have comments or suggestions, e-mail the HCC Transfer Office.

Work and Experiential Credit

 
 
 
 

CEU Credit
Transcripted CEU credit may be applied to Career and Technology programs and considered as elective credit on the associate degree when submitted with the official transcript, Application for Advanced Standing Credit and receipt of fee payment (does not guarantee acceptance of credit). A certificate of completion will not be accepted in lieu of an official college transcript. Note: A maximum of 21 hours of advanced standing credit may be granted as it applies to the program.

Work Experience Credit
For purposes of work experience documentation, the Chair, Counselor, or Program Coordinator must obtain from the employer a signed letter providing a detailed description of the work performed by the student, match it to the course(s) outcomes for which the student is seeking credit, and attach it to the Application for Advanced Standing Credit Form. The aforementioned documentation, application for Advanced Standing Credit, and receipt of fee payment (does not guarantee acceptance of credit) must be submitted together for review to the Dean’s office. Note: A maximum of 21 hours of advanced standing credit may be granted as it applies to the program.

The Dean then forwards the student’s degree plan, appropriate documentation as outlined above, and the Application for Advanced Standing Credit with fee receipt to the Office of Student Records at the System Administration Building, MC 1136.