Graduate Catalog 2003-2004
Transfer credit courses are those offered by accredited universities or colleges other than Bowling Green State University.
The policy of Bowling Green State University specifies that graduate students may, on their own recognizance, take any course offered or sponsored by another institution for personal or professional development. The transfer of credit received for such external courses to satisfy requirements of a degree program at BGSU depends upon the following:
- The course is sponsored or given by a regionally accredited graduate college or university. This of itself, however, does not assure acceptance of the course.
- A formal, written petition by the student is required for the transfer of credit. The petition is submitted to the major department for its consideration and recommendation. The recommendation of the department is forwarded to the dean designate of the Graduate College for a decision.
- Documentation is required on courses that are “external” or “nonresident” offerings of another university if acceptance of them for degree credit is requested from BGSU. Minimally, the graduate school offering college or university credit must be fully accredited. The course must be listed and described in the catalog offerings or other official publications of the institution. The content of the course must satisfy a requirement in a graduate degree program at the offering institution and be able to satisfy a degree requirement at BGSU. An official transcript is required at BGSU.
- Petitions for acceptance of “summer tour” or “travel” type courses must be fully documented so that their academic integrity can be judged. Promotional literature from a tour or travel agency or institutional sponsor is not considered documentation of the academic character of the course. Minimal documentation submitted by the student should include the following:
A) A photocopy of the course description from the graduate catalog or other official literature of the sponsoring institution;
B) A statement in the institution’s graduate catalog or signed by the dean designate of the graduate school that specifies the graduate degree programs in which the course satisfies degree requirements in the institution offering the course. A viable alternative is a copy of an evaluative statement concerning the course from the department(s) in which it is used to satisfy degree credit;
C) An official transcript from the sponsoring institution following completion of the course.
The minimal documentation on “tour courses” is necessary to evaluate the quality of the course and to determine its applicability to a student’s degree program. Many accredited graduate schools offer courses for personal and professional development that carry graduate credit but are not applicable to their degree programs. Official assurance is required.
- Bowling Green State University, as a fully accredited university, has a long standing custom of approving the transfer of credit from other fully accredited institutions. It is necessary for a student to petition, in writing, through the academic department for such transfer after the course has been completed. Prior guarantees of any type that a course will be transferable cannot be given. Any prior assurances given by faculty members or staff of Bowling Green State University must be regarded as estimates or opinions. They do not commit the University to a course of action.
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