8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill requires an institution of higher education to accept certain competency-based
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ defines terms;
15 ▸ allows a student to transfer credit earned for a competency-based general education
16 course offered by a regionally accredited institution or private provider under
17 certain conditions;
18 ▸ requires the State Board of Regents to enter into an articulation agreement with a
19 private competency-based general education provider under certain conditions; and
20 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
21 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 53B-16-105, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 125
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 53B-16-105 is amended to read:
31 53B-16-105. Common course numbering -- Credit by examination --
32 Transferability of credits -- Agreement with competency-based general education
33 provider -- Policies.
34 (1) As used in this section:
35 (a) "Articulation agreement" means an agreement between the board and a provider
36 that allows a student to transfer credit awarded by the provider for a general education course
37 to any institution of higher education.
38 (b) "Competency-based" means a system where a student advances to higher levels of
39 learning when the student demonstrates competency of concepts and skills regardless of time,
40 place, or pace.
41 (c) "Competency-based general education provider" or "provider" means a private
42 institution that:
43 (i) offers a postsecondary competency-based general education course online or in
45 (ii) awards academic credit; and
46 (iii) does not award degrees, including associates degrees or baccalaureate degrees.
47 (d) "Institution of higher education" means an institution within the Utah System of
48 Higher Education.
49 (e) "Regionally accredited institution" means an institution that:
50 (i) offers a competency-based postsecondary general education course online or in
51 person; and
52 (ii) is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the United States
53 Department of Education.
54 (f) "Utah System of Higher Education" means the institutions described in Subsection
57 (a) facilitate articulation and the seamless transfer of courses within the [
59 (b) provide for the efficient and effective progression and transfer of students within
60 the [
61 (c) avoid the unnecessary duplication of courses; and
62 (d) allow [
63 objectives as rapidly as [
65 system within the [
66 (a) maintains a course numbering system that assigns common numbers to specified
67 courses of similar level with similar curricular content, rigor, and standards;
68 (b) allows [
69 education to meet requirements for general education and lower division courses that transfer
70 to baccalaureate majors;
71 (c) allows a student to transfer courses from a provider with which the board has an
72 articulation agreement to any institution of higher education;
73 (d) allows a student to transfer competency-based general education courses from a
74 regionally accredited institution to an institution of higher education;
77 institutions of higher education; and
79 institutions of higher education.
81 sciences, arts, physical sciences, and life sciences with uniform prefixes and common course
83 (b) [
84 course described [
85 specific area requirements for general education or lower division courses that transfer to
86 baccalaureate majors.
88 substitutions for degree programs across [
89 (b) The commissioner shall appoint committees of faculty members from the
90 institutions of higher education to recommend appropriate courses of similar content and
91 numbering that will satisfy requirements for lower division courses that transfer to
92 baccalaureate majors.
93 (c) [
95 graduation requirements.
97 (a) College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general examination;
98 (b) College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject examination;
99 (c) College Board advanced placement examination; and
100 (d) other examination for credit.
103 challenge examination.
104 (b) [
106 challenge examination described [
107 duplicates credit already awarded.
108 (8) (a) (i) The board shall seek proposals from providers to enter into articulation
110 (ii) A proposal described in Subsection (8)(a)(i) shall include the general education
111 courses that the provider intends to include in an articulation agreement.
112 (b) The board shall:
113 (i) evaluate each general education course included in a proposal described in
114 Subsection (8)(a) to determine whether the course is equally rigorous and includes the same
115 subject matter as the equivalent course offered by any institution of higher education; and
116 (ii) if the board determines that a course included in a provider's proposal is equally
117 rigorous and includes the same subject matter as the equivalent course offered by any
118 institution of higher education, enter into an articulation agreement with the provider.
122 education are complying with the provisions of this section and the policies established in
123 accordance with Subsection [