The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is committed in aligning pathways to promote efficient time to degree through transfer initiatives aimed at reducing excess semester credits and maximizing credits earned toward their degrees and certificates at institutions of higher education. Additional information regarding the Transfer of Credit Rules can be found at Resolution of Transfer Disputes for Lower-Division Courses. The following tools are available to help streamline and simplify the transfer process.
- Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM)
The ACGM serves as the academic course inventory for all community, state, and technical colleges in Texas.
- Tuning Texas Initiative & Voluntary Transfer Compacts
The purpose of the voluntary transfer compacts resulting from the Texas Tuning Project is to foster enhanced transfer processes for students and to provide them guidance with respect to what lower-division courses offer the best mechanism for obtaining a baccalaureate degree in the specified discipline -- Engineering (Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical); Biology; Chemistry; Mathematics; Business; Computer Information Systems and Sciences; and Management Information Systems.
- Dual Credit Initiatives
The THECB defines dual credit as a system under which an eligible high school student enrolls in college course(s) and receives credit for the course(s) from both the college and the high school. Dual credit courses may be taught on the secondary school campus by an approved instructor or a high school student may take a dual credit course on the college campus. Dual credit courses include both academic courses as well as technical courses.
- Upper-Division Course Manual (UDCM)
The Upper-Division Course Manual (UDCM) provides a searchable web-based inventory of upper-division courses approved for colleges that are authorized to offer Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Associate of Arts in Teaching
Information regarding Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degrees that are fully transferable from Texas public community colleges to universities having educator preparation programs.
- Texas Core Curriculum (TCC)
The TCC is a 42 Semester Credit Hour (SCH) core curriculum for all undergraduate students in Texas. Each institution's Core Curriculum includes a statement of purpose, six core objectives, and nine common component areas.
- Programs of Study
Programs of Study work to align college and career readiness standards and career and technical education standards with the knowledge, skills, and abilities students are expected to demonstrate. Programs of study incorporate multiple entry and exit points which include industry-recognized certifications, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, and credit transfer agreements between community colleges.
- Field of Study Curricula
Field of Study Curriculum (FOSC) is a set of courses that fulfill lower-division (freshman and sophomore) requirements for a specific major/degree plan in addition to the core curriculum. FOSCs are guaranteed to transfer to any public college or university in Texas.