2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
TRANSFER: STATE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The South Carolina Course Articulation and Transfer System serves as the
primary tool and source of information for transfer of academic credit between
and among institutions of higher education in the state. The system provides
institutions with the software tools needed to update and maintain course
articulation and transfer information easily. The student interface of this
system is the South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center (SCTRAC) web
portal: www.SCTRAC.org. This web portal is an integrated solution to meet the
needs of South Carolina’s public colleges and universities and their students
and is designed to help students make better choices and avoid taking courses
which will not count toward their degree. Each institution’s student information
system interfaces with www.SCTRAC.org to help students and institutions by
saving time and effort, while ensuring accuracy and timeliness of information.
Section 10-C of the South Carolina School-to-Work Transition Act (1994)
stipulated that the Council of College and University Presidents and the State
Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, operating through the
Commission on Higher Education, develop better articulation of associate
and baccalaureate degree programs. To comply with this requirement, the
commission upon the advice of the Council of Presidents established a
Transfer Articulation Policy Committee composed of four-year institutions’
vice presidents for academic affairs and the Associate Director for Instruction
of the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education. The principal
outcomes derived from the work of that committee and accepted by the
Commission on Higher Education on July 6, 1995, were:
• An expanded list of 86 courses which transfer to four-year public
institutions of South Carolina from the two-year public institutions;
• A statewide policy document on good practices in transfer to be
followed by all public institutions of higher education in the
State of South Carolina, which was accepted in principle by the
Advisory Committee on Academic Programs and the commission;
• Six task forces on statewide transfer agreements, each based in a
discipline or broad area of the baccalaureate curriculum.
In 1995 the General Assembly passed Act 137 which stipulated further that
the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education “notwithstanding any
other provision of law to the contrary, shall have the following additional
duties and functions with regard to the various public institutions of higher
education.” These duties and responsibilities include the commission’s re-sponsibility
“to establish procedures for the transferability of courses at
the undergraduate level between two-year and four-year institutions or
schools.” This same provision is repeated in the legislation developed from
the Report of the Joint Legislative Study Committee.
Act 137 directed the commission to adopt the following procedures for the
transfer of courses from all two-year public to all four-year public institutions
of higher education in South Carolina.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA, COURSE GRADES, GPA’S, VALIDATIONS
All four-year public institutions shall issue annually in August a transfer
guide covering at least the following items:
A. The definition of a transfer student and requirements for admission both
to the institution and, if more selective, requirements for admission to
B. Limitations placed by the institution or its programs for acceptance of
standardized examinations (e.g., SAT, ACT) taken more than a given time
ago, for academic course work taken elsewhere, for course work repeated
due to failure, for course work taken at another institution while the
student is academically suspended at his/her home institution, and so
C. Institutional and, if more selective, programmatic maximums of course
credits allowable in transfer.
D. Institutional procedures used to calculate student applicants’ GPAs for
transfer admission. Such procedures shall describe how nonstandard
grades (withdrawal, withdrawal failing, repeated course, etc.) are
evaluated; and they shall also describe whether all course work taken
prior to transfer or just course work deemed appropriate to the student’s
intended four-year program of study is calculated for purposes of admis-sion
to the institution and/or programmatic major.
E. Lists of all courses accepted from each technical college (including the
72 courses in the Statewide Articulation Agreement) and the course
equivalencies (including “free elective” category) found on the home
institution for the courses accepted.
F. Lists of all articulation agreements with any public South Carolina two-year
or other institution of higher education, together with information
about how interested parties can access these agreements.
G. Lists of the institution’s Transfer Officer(s) personnel together with
telephone and fax numbers and office address.
H. Institutional policies related to “academic bankruptcy” (i.e., removing an
entire transcript or parts thereof from a failed or underachieving record
after a period of years has passed) so that re-entry into the four-year
institution with course credit earned in the interim elsewhere is done
without regard to the student’s earlier record.
I. “Residency requirements” for the minimum number of hours required
to be earned at the institution for the degree.
Course work (individual courses, transfer blocks, statewide agreements
covered within these procedures shall be transferable if the student has
completed the course work with a “C” grade (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or above,
but transfer of grades does not relieve the student of the obligation to meet
any GPA requirements or other admissions requirements of the institution
or program to which application has been made.
A. Any four-year institution which has institutional or programmatic
admissions requirements for transfer students with cumulative grade
point averages (GPAs) higher than 2.00 on a 4.00 scale shall apply such
entrance requirements equally to transfer students from regionally
accredited South Carolina public institutions regardless of whether
students are transferring from a four-year or two-year institution.
B. Any multi-campus institution or system shall certify by letter to the
commission that all course work at all of its campuses applicable to
a particular degree program of study is fully acceptable in transfer to
meet degree requirements in the same degree program at any other
of its campuses.
Any course work (individual courses, transfer blocks, statewide agreements)
covered within these procedures shall be transferable to any public institution
without any additional fee and without any further encumbrance such as a
“validation examination,” “placement examination/instrument,” “verification
instrument,” or any other stricture, notwithstanding any institutional or
system policy, procedure, or regulation to the contrary.
SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSFER AND ARTICULATION CENTER (SCTRAC)
All two-and four-year public institutions will publish information related to
course articulation and transfer, including but not limited to items A through