Transferring Courses in Kansas

The Kansas Board of Regents approves courses for System-Wide Transfer among all Kansas public postsecondary institutions. A student who completes one or more of these courses at any Kansas public community college, technical college or public university can be certain that he or she can transfer those courses to any other Kansas public institution offering an equivalent course. For more information and a list of equivalent courses in Kansas, visit this site: https://www.kansasregents.org/academic_affairs/transfer-articulation

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Articulation Agreements

ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS BETWEEN SALINA TECH AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS

Salina Tech has transfer articulation agreements in place with the following institutions. Students who take courses at Salina Tech may wish to take advantage of these articulation agreements. However, the student should communicate with the receiving institution to ensure a smooth transfer process. Click on the links below for more information.

Fort Hays State University

Pittsburg State

Hutchinson Community College

Reverse Transfer

What is Reverse Transfer?

Reverse Transfer allows you to receive your associate degree from your most recent community college or technical college by combining the credits you earned there and the credits you earn after transferring to a Kansas public university. So, if you leave Salina Tech before earning your AAS degree, and you transfer to a Kansas public university, you will then have the option to have your university credits transferred back to Salina Tech, enabling you to complete your Salina Tech AAS degree while you continue to work toward your degree at the university.

Within the first year after you have transferred to a Kansas public university, if you transfer coursework from a community college or technical college to a public university, you will be notified if you are eligible to be considered for Reverse Transfer. You are eligible if you have completed 45 credit hours at one or more colleges and if you consent to the release of your academic records. If you consent (also known as “opting in”) your academic records will be evaluated for degree completion and your degree will be conferred based upon a satisfactory evaluation. Opting in is the first step.

Why Opt-In to Participate in Reverse Transfer?

A college degree is key to economic opportunity. Research shows that on average, people with more education make more money than those with less. Associate degree holders average about $200,000 more over a lifetime than individuals with some college but no degree, while bachelor’s degree holders average over $720,000 more.

The associate degree represents an educational achievement, a credential for career advancement, and a building block to additional academic accomplishments. Further, research shows that students who earn the associate degree via reverse transfer are more likely to continue their education and complete a bachelor’s degree.

If you’ve earned it, don’t you deserve it? Contact the Registrar’s Office for more information at 785-309-3137 or registrar@salinatech.edu .

For more information on Reverse Transfer, click here: https://kansasregents.org/students/reverse-transfer-2

Credit Hour Conversion

CREDIT HOUR CONVERSIONS:  Quarter Credits and Clock Hours vs. Semester Credit Hours

Quarter Credit Hours to Semester Credit Hours

Q:  How do quarter credits transfer in to Salina Tech?

A:  We convert quarter credits to semester credits by multiplying the quarter credits by .666666666.

Here’s a conversion chart:

QUARTER CREDITS

SEMESTER CREDITS

1.00

.67

2.00

1.33

3.00

2.00

4.00

2.67

5.00

3.33

6.00

4.00

7.00

4.67

8.00

5.33

9.00

6.00

10.00

6.67

11.00

7.33

12.00

8.00

Clock Hours to Semester Credit Hours

Q:  I attended Salina Tech over 20 years ago.  My Salina Tech transcript shows clock hours and not credit hours.  My prospective employer would like to know how to convert my clock hours to credit hours.  Is there a conversion formula I can use?

A:  The conversion rate of clock hours to semester credit hours is 22.5.  So, you would take the number of clock hours you earned and divide that by 22.5 to determine the equivalent number of semester credit hours.

Q:  How did you arrive at 22.5 for the divisor?

A:  Here is the rationale.  The Carnegie definition of a semester credit hour of college credit is a very universal definition which is widely accepted and used by colleges and universities across the U.S.  The Carnegie definition states that “for a lecture class, one unit is considered to be one hour of lecture class time and two hours per week of homework” per week for sixteen weeks (one semester).  Therefore, “for the typical three-unit class, a student spends three hours per week in class and should do six hours per week of homework”.

For a laboratory class, the Carnegie definition states that “the hours per week are considered to be all in class with no outside assignments.  Thus, one unit is three hours per week of laboratory time”.

At Salina Area Technical College, our technical courses are generally considered to all be a combination of lecture/laboratory classes.  Therefore, when converting clock hours (“in-class hours” as listed in the definitions above) to semester college credits, we use 22.5 for the divisor.  The reason for this is that 22.5 is the average (or the halfway point) between 30 clock hours (for laboratory course work) and 15 clock hours (for lecture course work).

EXAMPLE:

1,195 clock hours divided by 22.5 = 53.11 semester credit hours