Mar 22, 2019  
2014-15 Catalog 
2014-15 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Transfer Degree and Career Programs

Transfer Degree Program Admission Requirements

The following admissions requirements apply to all new students seeking to enroll in the Associate in Fine Arts (AFA), Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), or Associate in Engineering Science (AES) programs. To meet the admissions requirements, students may fulfill any one of the requirements in each category. Students who lack any of the requirements may develop an individualized plan with an academic advisor to fulfill these requirements.

1. Four years of high school English or complete one of the following sequences:

  a) L&C English placement test score of 90 and a reading test score of 75;
  b) ENGL 125  and READ 125  with grades of “C” or higher;
  c) ENGL 120  andREAD 120  plus ENGL 125 and READ 125 - all with grades of “C” or higher.

 2. Three years of high school social studies or two social science courses at L&C.

3. Three years of high school mathematics (algebra, geometry, advanced algebra) or one of the follow­ing sequences: a) L&C algebra math placement test score of 90 and college level math score of 40 plus MATH 113  with a grade of “C” or higher; b) MATH 112  plus MATH 113 plus MATH 116  - all with grades of “C” or higher.

4. Three years of high school laboratory science or successful completion of one laboratory science course at L&C.

5. Two years of high school foreign language, music, vocational education, or art or successful comple­tion of two L&C courses in humanities, foreign language or vocational education.

Transfer Degree Program Goals

Freshman and sophomore years at any college or university are designed to complete general education requirements in English, speech, math, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. These years allow you to explore many different subjects before making that important decision about a major field of study. L&C’s transfer degree programs provide the same quality educational courses that you would take as a freshman or sophomore anywhere else, but at a much lower cost. You will work with faculty and staff in student-centered classes and programs. We understand the importance of the individual and the efforts needed to build the academic skills required to complete educational goals.

Transferring to a four-year college or university is easy if you:

• Earn one of the transfer degrees and select courses at L&C to match the freshman and sophomore requirements listed by the college to which you plan to transfer (check course articulation agreements—see advisor), and

• Complete an educational plan with a counselor or advisor and follow it.

Transfer of Course Credit

The courses in the baccalaureate-oriented transfer degree programs are carefully designed to assure the acceptance of your course work by the senior college or university to which you transfer. However, the ultimate acceptance of your credit is determined by the senior institution.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education requested senior colleges and universities “to declare that a transfer student in good standing, who has completed an AA or AS degree based on baccalaureate-oriented sequences to be transferred from a junior/community college in Illinois to be considered to have attained junior standing; and to have met lower division general education requirements of senior institutions.”

Many of the senior institutions comply with this request. Some universities have expanded the agree¬ment and stated that all general education requirements have been met by completion of an associate degree based on baccalaureate-oriented sequences.

Lewis and Clark is a participant in the major statewide initiative to facilitate transfer of students among Illinois colleges and universities. This major effort among public, private, two-year, four-year, associate and baccalaureate degree granting institutions is called the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). See for more information.

The IAI agreement is designed to make transferring to any participating school as smooth as possible. When making transfer plans, a student must always seek the advice of an academic advisor in the Enrollment Center and at the school she/he plans to attend.

Articulation is the process of transferring courses from one college to another and the way the classes will be used at the receiving school. The IAI General Education Core Curriculum is designed specifically for transfer students. Transferring students should complete the IAI General Education Core Curriculum  before transferring in order to be guaranteed full general education credit. When the full core is not completed before transfer, each college or university decides how to apply each individual course.

L&C’s General Education Core Curriculum, approved by the IAI, requires a total of 12 courses (37 semester credit hours). There are five fields or categories within the General Education Core Curriculum: Communication, Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences. This curriculum became effective at L&C and statewide in the summer of 1998. The application of credit earned prior to the summer of 1998 is an individual college’s decision.

Transfer Guarantee for Associate in Arts (AA) & Associate in Science (AS) Degree Programs

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of Lewis and Clark Community College that students graduating with an Associate in Arts Degree or Associate in Science Degree be guaranteed the transferability of baccalaureate-oriented/university-parallel credit courses to public Illinois universities. Should such an appropriately approved course not fully transfer, the student will be offered a refund of the tuition paid for the non-transferring course credit, subject to the following conditions:


1. All course work for the degree must have been completed at Lewis and Clark Community College.

2. The student must have met periodically with a program coordinator, specialist or advisor from Lewis and Clark Community College, declared a major for a public Illinois university prior to taking any Lewis and Clark Community College courses, and carried only those Lewis and Clark Community College courses approved by the coordinator, specialist or the advisor.

a) Approved courses must have appeared on the course equivalency list from the university declared as the transfer university by the student at the time the student met with the coordinator, specialist or advisor.

b) The student must have signed the Advisement/Registration checklist and have indicated major and university.

3. The student must have graduated within three years of initial enrollment at Lewis and Clark Community College.

4. The student must have transferred to the declared public Illinois university within one year after receiving the AA or AS degree from Lewis and Clark Community College.

5. The student must have requested and received an evaluation by the transfer institution immediately upon transfer of the Lewis and Clark Community College courses.

6. The student must have verified to Lewis and Clark Community College in writing 60 days after being notified by the transfer institution that a course had been refused for credit and made a claim for the refund at that time. The written statement must have stated the reasons for the refusal the institution, the name, position, address, and telephone number of the official notifying the student of the refusal, and a copy of the correspondence and/or documentation provided by the transfer institution of the non-acceptance of the course.

7. The course must have been completed with a grade of “A”, “B”, or “C”.

8. Any refund would be based upon tuition paid at the time the course was completed.

9. The student must cooperate with Lewis and Clark Community College personnel in resolving any transfer difficulties by notifying Lewis and Clark Community College and submitting any neces¬sary consent or releases for student records and/or correspondence.

10. This policy does not guarantee that the letter grade earned at Lewis and Clark Community College for the course will be considered by the transfer institution for determining the student’s grade point average, honors, or other purposes, but only that the transfer institution will give at least elective course credit for some purpose. This program does not provide for the refund of tuition for any other course, any fees or any incidental or consequential expenses or claims whatsoever, but only the tuition for the course guaranteed for which course credit is not given by the transfer institution.

11. Students’ rights under this program are personal and may not be assigned or transferred, voluntarily or involuntarily. Further, no refund is required or will be made if the scholarship, financial aid program, loan or other source was used to pay the tuition.

12. Claims against the Transfer Guarantee for Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees must be filed with the Lewis and Clark Community College Vice President of Enrollment Services within the prescribed time limits as set forth above.

13. Lewis and Clark Community College will first attempt to resolve the issue with the transfer institution. If favorable resolution is not achieved within 120 days, the reimbursement will be authorized.

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