Frequently Asked Questions
What is ACTS?
How does ACTS benefit students?
What is the definition of comparable?
What if the course I am seeking to transfer is listed in ACTS as "No Comparable Course"?
How were faculty chosen to serve on the faculty course review teams?
Who determined the criteria for course transfer?
What is meant by ACTS Course Index Number and Name?
If I received a failing grade for a course, will it still transfer?
Will more courses be included in the future?
Is there additional information about ACTS available?
Act 672 of 2005 directed the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board to implement a transfer curriculum for all public colleges and universities in the state, effective December 1, 2006. Beginning in November 2004, 14 chief academic officers (CAO) from two- and four-year institutions began meeting to discuss developing a transfer system. The primary goals of the CAO Transfer Committee were to: (1) identify and reduce barriers to enable students to reach the highest attainment level possible; (2) comply with statues that provide for seamless transfer; (3) reduce the number of individual articulation agreements by establishing a single statewide course transfer agreement that is simple, accessible, and student friendly; (4) provide an ongoing process for course transferability rather than a temporary fix; and (5) address course transfer issues identified by the Governor, legislators, institutions, and students.
Act 672 of 2005 specified that all freshman and sophomore general education courses must be accepted for full transfer credit in the appropriate subject area and that the criteria for course transferability would be determined by faculty teams grouped by discipline. Twenty-two faculty teams composed of college and university faculty met by disciplines in March 2006 to determine course transferability criteria for 88 courses. These faculty review teams determined appropriate course index numbers and index names and established course descriptions and learning outcomes for courses in their disciplines. All faculty who served on review teams were nominated by their institutions and appointed by the Executive Council of Presidents and Chancellors of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The CAO Transfer Committee will meet at least annually to determine inclusion of additional courses for the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS). All additional courses to be included in ACTS will be governed by the same process as detailed in Act 672 of 2005. Phase II of ACTS will add courses from accredited Arkansas private institutions that want to participate and submit syllabi that meet the criteria specified by the faculty review teams.
Colleges and universities will submit syllabi annually by March 15th to be considered for inclusion in the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) courses. As required by Act 672 of 2005, Arkansas colleges and universities will file a report annually with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education indicating the number of students requesting transfer credit for a completed course listed in ACTS and identifying the number of students denied credit for courses listed in ACTS.