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Joint Boards Articulation Commission

Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer Degree

Guidelines for the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AA/OT) for Oregon Community College Students Transferring to Oregon University System Institutions

(Revised on January 18, 2002, by action of the Joint Boards of Education.)

Any student who holds an Oregon community college Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree that conforms to the guidelines set forth below and who transfers to any institution in the Oregon University System will have met the lower-division general education requirements of that institution's baccalaureate degree programs. Course, class standing, or GPA requirements for specific majors, departments or schools are not necessarily satisfied by an Associate of Arts degree. Students transferring under this agreement will have junior standing for registration purposes.

Every Oregon community college, as well as the Oregon Institute of Technology, offers an Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer degree that meets these broad guidelines.


A minimum of 90 credits will be required for the degree, and of these, at least 55 will conform to the general education and distribution requirements listed below. (All credit references are based on quarter credits.)




Electives will comprise about thirty-five credits, depending on the student's selection of courses to meet the requirements above.

Effective Fall term, 1998, WR 115 may be included in the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree as an elective -- providing that the WR 115 course at the community college has been approved by the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. (For a list of approved WR115 courses, click here.)

Effective Fall term, 1998, community colleges may grant Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degrees that include up to 12 professional-technical credits as electives. Community colleges shall identify and publicize those professional-technical credits available on its campus which are appropriate for inclusion in the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree.


[The following notes are not intended to be part of the actual "Guidelines" (above), but rather serve to clarify some aspects thereof. As such, they are attached to these "Guidelines" as reference material for participating institutions.]

Courses that are developmental in nature, designed to prepare students for college transfer courses, are not applicable to this degree.

The "General Requirements" above represent minimal skill competencies. As such, they may be open to demonstration of proficiency. Each community college is encouraged to establish how students may demonstrate competency in lieu of completing the course(s).

Courses used to meet the "Distribution Requirements" must be at least 3 credits each.

Computer courses used in the Math/Science/Computer Science area must meet the intersegmental Computer Science chairs group criteria for a science course. This includes CS 120, 121, 122, 161, 162, 171, 260, and 271 from the list of commonly numbered courses.

In Arts and Letters, the second year of a foreign language may be included, but not the first year. ASL is considered a foreign language.

JBAC Clarification of Intent of Oregon Transfer Degree (Letter from JBAC Chair, 1997)




Revised: June 27, 2003
URL: http://www.ous.edu/aca/transferdeg.html

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