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Institutions Do Not Have to Accept Transfer Credit for Many of the Courses in the Statewide Course Numbering System, Report No. 07-22, March 2007
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  • The Statewide Course Numbering System was designed to facilitate transfer of credit between participating institutions of higher education.  However, institutions are not required to grant credit for courses in the system if they do not offer the same course or the faculty teaching the course do not meet their criteria.  In addition, the system contains many non-equivalent courses that may not be accepted for transfer credit.  Finally, many courses taught at non-public institutions are not in the Statewide Course Numbering System. 
  • Students in non-public institutions cannot easily discern which courses are in the Statewide Course Numbering System and meet criteria for transfer.  Therefore, they may take courses that will not count toward a degree when they transfer to another institution.
  • In addition, the transfer designations in the Statewide Course Numbering System may be inaccurate.  Since adding non-public institutions to the system, the Statewide Course Numbering System unit has not been able to maintain the system in a timely and consistent manner.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Florida College System
State University System
Private Colleges and Universities
Board of Governors

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-52 DOE Improved the Statewide Course Numbering System; Oversight and Accuracy Issues Remain, published in September 2010.
  • Report No. 09-20 State Universities Are Generally Following the Statewide Course Numbering System in Awarding Appropriate Transfer Credit,published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 07-49 Students Encounter Barriers When Transferring Credit from Non-Public Institutions to Community Colleges, published in December 2007.

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