Transfer & Articulation



  • A Guide to Best Practices: Awarding Transfer and Prior Learning Credit
    This document describes expectations and best practices for post-secondary institutions’ work with transfer credits. These guidelines are intended to assist and advise--not prescribe--member colleges and universities in this work. Released 10.18.2017
  • AACRAO 2016 Academic Record and Transcript Guide
    For over 70 years AACRAO has provided up-to-date guidance and best practices on keeping, protecting, and disseminating student records and transcript information. The AACRAO 2016 Academic Record and Transcript Guide continues this trend, aiding registrars in their task of preserving the integrity of their institution’s academic records.
  • Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions 2015 (TCP)
    This publication presents a voluntary exchange of information regarding practices for acceptance of transfer credit. This publication reports the transfer acceptance practices of one flagship institution in each state regarding credit awarded by other colleges and universities in that state. AACRAO has established and maintained this voluntary medium of information exchange for over 80 years in order to provide crucial information to colleges and universities to determine their own transfer credit practices.



An Update on AACRAO's Transfer Student Initiatives

October 18, 2017


FREE (LIVE) webinar: Wednesday, October 18, 2-3PM ET

An Update on AACRAO’s Transfer Student Initiatives

This webinar will highlight some of the transfer student initiatives that AACRAO is currently working on, including a new Guiding Principles document for transfer credit and a Transfer Student Bill of Rights. 

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Presenter: Seth Marc Kamen, Director of Transfer and Prior Learning, Montgomery College

Mr. Kamen has been working with transfer students for almost 20 years; including roles in articulation and transfer, transfer admissions, admissions technology, guided pathways, credit for prior learning, military students, student affairs, and more. He is a perennial AACRAO presenter and author. He has his B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.B.A from the University of Maryland University College.

Presenter: Stephen J. Handel, Associate Vice President—Undergraduate Admissions, University of California (UC) System

Stephen J. Handel serves as the chief admission officer for the University of California (UC) system, providing leadership on freshman and community college transfer policy and practice for the nine UC undergraduate campuses. Prior to this position, Steve served for nearly a decade as the inaugural Executive Director of the National Office of Community College Initiatives at the College Board. At the College Board, Handel advocated for and conducted research with community colleges nationally and internationally, with a special focus on initiatives that advance educational access and equity for all students. Handel earned his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, a B.A. from California State University, Sacramento, and an A.A. from Cosumnes River Community College.