The Board of Regents undergraduate transfer policy applies to all UW institutions serving transfer students.
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to UW institutions regarding the admission and credit evaluation of transfer students from UW institutions, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and other accredited colleges and universities.
The University of Wisconsin System (UW System) welcomes transfer students from accredited colleges and universities both within and outside Wisconsin. The Board of Regents endorses a student-centered transfer process which fosters educational attainment, accommodates student mobility, and provides equitable treatment of transfer and continuing students. At the same time, the Board of Regents recognizes that the transfer policy must also consider legitimate differences among educational institutions and their missions and academic programs, and acknowledge institutional autonomy and program integrity.
The Board of Regents policy requires UW institutions to follow the principles, guidelines and administrative practices set out in the UW System Undergraduate Transfer Policy, as articulated in UW System Administrative Policies (SYS) 135 and 140, and the Universal Credit Transfer Agreement between the UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) as established in June 2014, and effective July 1, 2014. The full statement of the UW System’s undergraduate transfer policy and principles may be found at:
UW System Administrative Policy 135, UW System Undergraduate Transfer Policy (formerly ACIS 6.0);
UW System Administrative Policy 140, UW System Guidelines for Articulation Agreements between UW System Institutions and WTCS Districts (formerly ACIS 6.2); and
The Board of Regents endorses the principles and guidelines outlined in SYS 135 and 140, and the Universal Credit Transfer Agreement:
- Admission of Transfer Students. Transfer admission will be based on comprehensive, individualized admission review, consistent with the process for freshman admission.
- Transfer Credit Principles. In awarding transfer credit, UW institutions will consider the quality and comparability of the transfer student’s coursework, and the applicability of that work to the receiving institution’s degree requirements. These principles align with the Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit developed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
- Principles of Accommodation. The transfer process should be designed to foster educational attainment, and provide equitable treatment of transfer and continuing students. These principles apply to all transfer students with coursework from within the UW System, from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), or from other accredited institutions.
- Credit for Prior Learning. UW institutions should provide transfer students the same opportunities as continuing students to demonstrate their competence through the use of internally and/or externally developed tests, portfolio assessment procedures, and/or other competency-based alternatives.
- Institutional Responsibilities Regarding Transfer Information. UW institutions should provide current and accurate transfer information via the Transfer Information System (TIS) and institutional printed and electronic resources.
- Articulation Agreements between UW Institutions and WTCS Districts. UW institutions should structure articulation agreements in order to provide students with full and complete information about how courses will transfer and what courses/credits remain to be completed.
- The Universal Credit Transfer Agreement between the UW System and WTCS to satisfy the requirements of s. 36.31(2m), Wis. Stats., which establishes a set of courses, totaling at least 30-credits that are transferable and will satisfy general education requirements at the receiving institution, effective July 1, 2014.
In order to maintain the UW System’s commitment to transfer students, both the Board of Regents and the UW System policies on undergraduate transfer should be reviewed periodically and updated, as needed.
Oversight, Roles & Responsibilities
The UW System Office of Academic and Student Affairs is charged with coordinating systemwide transfer policy and procedures, and with implementing and ensuring institutional compliance with SYS 135 and 140, and within the Universal Credit Transfer Agreement between UW System and WTCS, as established in June 2014, and effective July 1, 2014. Substantive changes to SYS 135 and 140 are to be brought to the Board of Regents for its review.
Related Regent and UW System Policies
Regent Policy Document 7-3: The University of Wisconsin System Freshman Admissions Policy
Regent Policy Document 4-16: Criteria for Approval of Wisconsin Technical College
System Collegiate Transfer Programs
UW System Administrative Policy 135, UW System Undergraduate Transfer Policy (formerly ACIS 6.0)
UW System Administrative Policy 140, UW System Guidelines for Articulation Agreements between UW System Institutions and WTCS Districts (formerly ACIS 6.2)
History: Res. 429, adopted 03/09/1973, created Regent Policy Document 73-5; Res. 942, adopted 02/07/1975, created Regent Policy Document 75-1; Res. 1205, adopted 04/09/1976, created Regent Policy Document 76-1; Res. 3045, adopted 05/11/1984, created Regent Policy Document 84-3 and replaced 73-5, 75-1, 76-1. Res. 5383, adopted 12/08/1989, created Regent Policy Document 89-9 and amended 84-3; Res. 7076, adopted 12/08/1995, Res. 7718, adopted 06/05/1998, Res. 8276, adopted 12/08/2000, and Res. 8847, adopted 05/07/2004, amended Regent Policy Document 84-3. Regent Policy Document 84-3 subsequently renumbered 7-1. Res. 9960, adopted 07/15/2011. Res. 10383, adopted 06/06/2014. Res. 10835, adopted 03/09/2017, authorized technical corrections.
SYS 135, Undergraduate Transfer Policy (formerly ACIS 6.0)
SYS 185, College Credit in High Schools (formerly G36)
[UW System Administration policies are included for reference and are separate from Regent Policy Documents adopted by the Board.]