purpose of the Transfer Guide is to provide students, faculty and advisors
at the University of Rhode Island (URI), Rhode Island College (RIC), and
the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), with the information needed
to transfer efficiently among the institutions. The material included in
the guide is based upon the policy of the RI Board of Governors for Higher
Education (RIBGHE) for articulation/transfer (a list of the policies related
to transfer and the web addresses to access them is included in Section
5 below) and on the agreements developed among academic department chairs,
or their representatives, from the three institutions. Procedures related
to transfer are included in this document; however, the guide is not a
substitute for institutional catalogs, but an addition to them. It is important
that students wishing to transfer consult with transfer counselors at the
institution from which they are transferring and at the college or university
they want to attend. Please be aware that while credits may transfer, the
grades do not transfer.
To familiarize students with the transfer process at each of the three
public institutions of higher education, the guide includes brief statements
outlining the admissions processes and transfer procedures and policies.
Relevant phone numbers for each institution are listed. A brief explanation
of the information included in each section follows immediately after this
introduction. The guide consists of five major sections: general education
requirements and equivalents, course equivalents, program transfer plans,
Joint Admissions Agreement (JAA)
Transition Plans, and Transfer Resources. The program transfer plans involve
blocks of courses or whole programs rather than course equivalencies.
Highlights of the 2006-2007 Transfer Guide
Using Technology for Transfer
Information. The RIOHE has made a commitment to make transfer
information current and accessible through the use of technology. This
Transfer Guide has been prepared from a database supplied to the RIOHE
by CCRI, RIC and URI. The database includes a listing of courses and
programs, credit values, and transferability. Questions on the information
in the Transfer Guide should be directed to the institutions: Jack
Humphrey at URI (874-4479), Jim Dorian at RIC (456-8212), and John Panzica
at CCRI (825-2117).
will no longer be produced; however, it will be possible to download
and print sections of the Guide as needed.
Joint Admission Agreement (JAA): Community
College of Rhode Island, University of Rhode
Island, and Rhode Island College
The Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College,
and the University of Rhode Island have entered into a formal Joint Admissions
Agreement (JAA) to facilitate students’ progression from the associate’s
degree to the baccalaureate degree. An introduction to the Joint Admissions
Agreement and the Transition Plans, which list the required courses for
each program, are included in Section 4 below. The agreement and additional
JAA information for students can be accessed at RI
For questions regarding the JAA, call or e-mail the JAA campus contacts
(CCRI: 401-825-2384 or email@example.com;
RIC: 401-456-8083 or firstname.lastname@example.org; URI:
401-874-5505 or email@example.com).
Full-time students matriculated at URI, RIC, or CCRI may
enroll for a maximum of seven credit hours of their full-time schedule
per semester for study at one of the other public institutions at
no additional expense. Students will be subject to the course
selection process applicable at the receiving institution. Summer session
and continuing education registrants are not covered under this policy.
See Section 6 below for a link to this policy. Check with the Records or
Enrollment Services offices of the college or university where you are
matriculated for the necessary forms and the procedures to follow.
HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE
1:General Education Programs and Equivalents
Below is a statement of common goals for general education that are shared by
URI, RIC, and CCRI. A description of each institution’s general education
program is provided (followed by an alphabetical listing of general education
courses and equivalent courses at CCRI, RIC and URI).
Common Goals – Different Paths
The three public institutions of higher education in Rhode Island each
offer courses in general education for their students. Each institution
has a distinctive mission, and each has the responsibility to establish
and maintain its own general education program with separate course requirements.
It is agreed these different paths do converge, and, therefore, many general
education courses will transfer, with all three schools having the following
Clear, correct and effective writing in English
Persuasive speaking in English
Critical thinking and problem-solving
Cultural diversity and understanding human differences
Information access and technology application
Quantitative reasoning and analysis
Literary and artistic thought and expression
Ethically and morally informed decision making
Appreciation of global wisdom and historical perspectives
It is important to develop a plan for meeting the general education requirements.
Many of the general education requirements at CCRI, RIC, or URI can be
satisfied at the college you currently attend. It is a good plan to complete
as many of the general education requirements as your
current school will allow before you transfer. Advisors
can provide advice and suggestions of courses that meet the requirements.
The links below describe the general education requirements for CCRI,
URI, and RIC. Please note that the general education requirements, and,
in some instances, the courses that fulfill the requirements, may be specified
by the college or the major. The last link provides a list of the general
education programs is a list of all the general education courses and their
equivalencies at the other institutions. Use the information in
this section when you discuss your educational plans and select courses
with an advisor.
The Course Transfer Agreements section has a listing of courses alphabetically
by academic area that will transfer to CCRI, RIC and URI. For each course
listed, the equivalency is given for each institution. Courses are equivalent
regardless of the direction of transfer unless otherwise marked. College-level
credit earned with an acceptable grade at one institution will transfer
to another as earned credit with one or more of the following designations:
Equivalent: Evaluated with a specific title and number as an
identical course with the receiving institution.
Department Elective: Although there is no identical course
offered, the receiving institution will award department-level credit which
can be used to fulfill major or minor credit requirements in the specific
Free Elective: Fulfills credit hours needed for graduation
but does not meet department or general education requirements. Free elective
credit may also be used in cases where a student transfers a four-credit
course as equivalent to a three-credit course. In such cases, the student
will receive three equivalent credits plus one free elective credit.
General Education: Fulfills one of the institution's general
education requirements. The symbol [GE] appears to the
right of each applicable course. The letter(s) following [GE] indicate
which category of general education the course meets.
Section 3: Program
This section has an alphabetical listing of program transfer plans for
students who wish to complete a specific associate’s degree program
at CCRI and continue to baccalaureate programs at either URI or RIC. The
Program Transfer Plans map out the CCRI courses to take in order to fulfill
the associate degree requirements and lists the equivalent courses at RIC
and URI. Courses that fulfill general education courses are noted by a [GE] next
to the course title. Some transfer plans list equivalents at both URI and
RIC while other transfer plans apply only to CCRI and either URI or RIC.
What are program transfer plans?
The Program Transfer Plans show students
how the courses in specific associate degree programs at CCRI transfer
to RIC or URI as either the equivalent course, the general education
requirement, or free elective credit; however, the application of these
courses toward the bachelor’s
degree will depend on the individual program of study. Students who plan
to continue for a bachelor’s degree should be sure to meet with
an advisor and discuss which courses will help meet the associate’s
degree requirements and can be applied to the bachelor’s degree.
Why should students follow a program transfer plan?
By taking the sequence
of courses listed in the program transfer plan students can, in most
cases, complete the associate’s degree
and transfer courses toward general education, the major, or elective
requirements. Beginning at CCRI is an especially affordable and convenient
way for students to get started on earning a college degree.
What are the requirements?
Students complete the associate’s degree
at CCRI taking the courses listed in the program transfer plan and are
required to meet any additional departmental requirements, such as the
minimum G.P.A. While at CCRI, students are encouraged to consult an advisor
or transfer admissions officer at URI or RIC. Students are governed by
the requirements in the URI or RIC catalog in effect for the year they
matriculate at URI and RIC.
What if students change their minds about transferring to RIC
Students are not obligated to transfer to URI or RIC. There
are advantages in transferring to RIC or URI, such as cost; however,
students may decide to transfer to another institution or begin a career.
How do students get started?
Before registering for courses, students
interested in a program transfer plan should drop by or call the academic
advising and counseling office at any of the four CCRI campuses to make
an appointment (Lincoln: 333-7160, Providence: 455-6020, Warwick: 825-2301,
Newport: 851-1634). An academic advisor can help students register for
the right courses and make connections with helpful people at URI or
RIC. The key to successful transfer is early and frequent contact
with an academic advisor.
Please note: the courses listed with the symbol “” are
examples of courses meeting general education requirements in specific
categories; consult Section 1 for a complete listing of general
education courses. Please speak with an advisor before registering for
courses, and remember that the best choice will depend on the college
and program to which you are transferring.
Please note: the tables
indicate the transfer value of CCRI courses at RIC or URI. Some
of the CCRI courses will transfer as equivalent courses, some as general
education requirements and some as elective credits. Consult with an
advisor at CCRI and the transfer admissions officer at RIC or URI in
order to determine the best selection of courses.
To be in the JAA program, you must follow one of the JAA Transition Plans.
The Joint Admissions Agreement (JAA) Transition Plans list the specific
courses that lead to a general studies degree at CCRI and that will be
applicable to specific majors at URI or RIC. This section lists the agreements
alphabetically by baccalaureate major. An overview of the JAA is also provided.
JOINT ADMISSIONS AGREEMENT TRANSITION PLANS
1. What is the Joint Admissions Agreement (JAA)?
The Joint Admissions Agreement (JAA) is an agreement that allows you,
as a CCRI student, to enroll in the JAA and be admitted conditionally
to RIC or URI. By enrolling in the JAA and successfully completing all
of the courses and requirements for one of the JAA Transition Plans,
including earning a cumulative 2.4 Grade Point Average (GPA), you will
earn 60 credits that will be applied toward the bachelor’s degree in a specified
program. The JAA is a curriculum document, not a financial document; you
must speak to the financial aid office at RIC or URI to get information
on tuition, eligibility for in-state tuition, and financial aid. Although
students already may transfer among the public institutions in a variety
of ways (e.g., RIC to URI or URI to CCRI), the purpose of the JAA is to
facilitate the transition from the associate’s degree at CCRI to
the bachelor’s degree at either RIC or URI.
2. What are the benefits of enrolling under the Joint Admissions
If you enroll in the JAA with RIC or URI and complete an associate’s
degree at CCRI in one of the designated programs, you will:
Earn 60 credits that will be applied toward your baccalaureate degree
program at RIC or URI.
Enjoy the benefits of advisement from CCRI and from RIC or URI while
you are a student at CCRI.
Register for courses at the same time as other students at RIC or
URI who have the same number of credits.
Be released from paying the admission application fee at
URI or RIC.
Be invited to a special orientation and other events on the URI
or RIC campus.
3. Who can participate?
Any student who enrolls at CCRI in a JAA Transition Plan can sign up
to participate until 30 credits are earned. Credits are awarded on the
basis of the course selections specified in the Transition Plan, so you
are advised to enroll early in the JAA. Please note that residency requirements
and tuition rates are established by CCRI, RIC, and URI, and you should
discuss these matters with an advisor.
4. Where do I go if I have questions about the Joint Admissions
Contact the Enrollment Services Office at any Community College of Rhode
Island campus. They have the forms needed and will answer any questions
regarding the Joint Admissions Agreement. After enrolling in the JAA, speak
with a CCRI academic advisor about appropriate course selections. As a
JAA student, you also will have access to an advisor at URI or RIC. For
questions regarding the JAA, call the JAA campus contacts: at CCRI call
401-333-7303 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; at RIC, call 401-456-8003
or send an email to email@example.com; or at URI, call 401-874-5505 or send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. What steps do I take to participate?
Make an appointment with the JAA campus contact at CCRI by calling
401-333-7303 or by sending an email to email@example.com for
a discussion of the JAA.
Fill out the Joint Admissions Agreement application and return it
to the CCRI Enrollment Services Office. The application
will be included with the information packet you receive from CCRI
upon acceptance. Copies of the application also are available from
the Enrollment Services Office at each CCRI campus. Students who enroll
under the agreement will receive a letter of acceptance to confirm
Meet with a CCRI and a URI or RIC advisor every semester to choose
courses that fulfill the requirements for the JAA Transition
Plan at CCRI. To be assigned advisors, contact the JAA campus representative:
at CCRI call 401-333-7303 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org;
at RIC, call 401-456-8003 or send an email to email@example.com; or at
URI, call 401-874-5505 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the requirements of the JAA in order to ensure the maximum
number of credits will be applied toward the bachelor’s
6. What are the requirements for transitioning to RIC or URI
under the Joint Admissions Agreement?
You must complete an associate’s degree in one of the specified
JAA Transition Plans within five years of officially enrolling
in the JAA.
You must earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.4 or
higher to gain admission into RIC or URI.
You must submit an official CCRI transcript, the intent to enroll
form, and an enrollment deposit to URI or RIC by the published
7. When should I apply for the JAA?
You can apply for the JAA at the same time that you are applying for
admission to CCRI or at any time up to the point that you have earned
30 credits. Information on the JAA will be mailed to you along with CCRI’s
acceptance letter. In order to guarantee that you will receive 60 credits
applicable to the bachelor’s degree, you must complete the requirements
of the JAA and one of the Transition Plans. Therefore, the sooner that
you sign up, the greater the likelihood that you won’t accumulate
excess credit not applicable to the bachelor’s degree.
Section 5: Transfer Resources
The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education policies related
to articulation transfer, listed below, can be accessed at http://www.ribghe.org/polman.htm
Policy on Articulation and Transfer
Joint Admissions Agreement
Policy on Student Exchange
Joint Admissions Agreement information for students is available at RI
Use the planning sheet to record the courses you have taken and those
that you need to take to complete your program. Refer to the listings in
the Transfer Guide and record how your course selections will
transfer. Print out the planning sheet and take it with you when you meet
with an advisor. This will help you to use the advising time efficiently.
NOTE: If you would like to
download each section of the transfer guide to your computer you may do
so by clicking on the files listed below: