7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill enacts and amends provisions related to credit in higher education.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ defines terms;
13 ▸ amends provisions related to the State Board of Regents' duties regarding
14 articulation, transfers, and course identification;
15 ▸ enacts provisions requiring the State Board of Regents to:
16 • develop a systemwide plan for advising and communicating about student credit
17 for prior learning; and
18 • establish policies related to student credit for prior learning;
19 ▸ enacts other provisions related to prior learning;
20 ▸ amends other provisions related to student credit; and
21 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
22 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 53B-16-105, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 435
29 53B-16-107, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 39
31 53B-16-110, Utah Code Annotated 1953
33 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
34 Section 1. Section 53B-16-105 is amended to read:
35 53B-16-105. Common course numbering -- Transferability of credits --
36 Agreement with competency-based general education provider -- Policies.
37 (1) As used in this section:
38 (a) "Articulation agreement" means an agreement between the board and a provider
39 that allows a student to transfer credit awarded by the provider for a general education course
40 to any institution of higher education.
41 (b) "Competency-based" means a system where a student advances to higher levels of
42 learning when the student demonstrates competency of concepts and skills regardless of time,
43 place, or pace.
44 (c) "Competency-based general education provider" or "provider" means a private
45 institution that:
46 (i) offers a postsecondary competency-based general education course online or in
48 (ii) awards academic credit; and
49 (iii) does not award degrees, including associates degrees or baccalaureate degrees.
50 (d) "Credit for prior learning" means the same as that term is defined in Section
53 of Higher Education.
55 (i) offers a competency-based postsecondary general education course online or in
56 person; and
57 (ii) is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the United States
58 Department of Education.
60 Subsection 53B-1-102(1)(a).
61 (2) The board shall:
62 (a) facilitate articulation and the seamless transfer of courses, programs, and credit for
63 prior learning within the Utah System of Higher Education;
64 (b) provide for the efficient and effective progression and transfer of students within
65 the Utah System of Higher Education;
66 (c) avoid the unnecessary duplication of courses; [
67 (d) communicate ways in which a student may earn credit for prior learning; and
69 rapidly as the student's circumstances permit.
70 (3) The board shall develop, coordinate, and maintain a transfer and articulation system
71 within the Utah System of Higher Education that:
72 (a) maintains a course numbering system that assigns common numbers to specified
73 courses of similar level with similar curricular content, rigor, and standards;
74 (b) allows a student to [
75 education to meet requirements for general education and lower division courses that transfer
76 to baccalaureate majors;
77 (c) allows a student to transfer courses from a provider with which the board has an
78 articulation agreement to any institution of higher education;
79 (d) allows a student to transfer competency-based general education courses from a
80 regionally accredited institution to an institution of higher education;
81 (e) improves program planning;
82 (f) increases communication and coordination between institutions of higher education;
84 (g) facilitates student acceleration and the transfer of students and credits between
85 institutions of higher education[
86 (h) if the system includes a software or data tool:
87 (i) provides predictive analysis that models probabilities of student success; and
88 (ii) develops tailored strategies to best support students.
89 (4) (a) The board shall identify general education courses in the humanities, social
90 sciences, arts, physical sciences, and life sciences with uniform prefixes and common course
92 (b) An institution of higher education shall annually identify institution courses that
93 satisfy requirements of courses described in Subsection (4)(a).
95 Subsection (3)(c), (3)(d), or (4)(a) toward filling specific area requirements for general
96 education or lower division courses that transfer to baccalaureate majors.
97 (5) (a) The board shall identify common prerequisite courses and course substitutions
98 for degree programs across institutions of higher education.
99 (b) The commissioner shall appoint committees of faculty members from the
100 institutions of higher education to recommend appropriate courses of similar content and
101 numbering that will satisfy requirements for lower division courses that transfer to
102 baccalaureate majors.
103 (c) An institution of higher education shall annually identify institution courses that
104 satisfy requirements of courses described in Subsection (5)(a).
106 Subsection (3)(c), (3)(d), or (5)(a) toward filling graduation requirements.
119 (ii) A proposal described in Subsection [
120 education courses that the provider intends to include in an articulation agreement.
121 (b) The board shall:
122 (i) evaluate each general education course included in a proposal described in
123 Subsection [
124 same subject matter as the equivalent course offered by any institution of higher education; and
125 (ii) if the board determines that a course included in a provider's proposal is equally
126 rigorous and includes the same subject matter as the equivalent course offered by any
127 institution of higher education, enter into an articulation agreement with the provider.
129 described in this section.
131 education are complying with the provisions of this section and the policies established in
132 accordance with Subsection [
133 Section 2. Section 53B-16-107 is amended to read:
134 53B-16-107. Credit for military service and training -- Notification --
135 Transferability -- Reporting.
136 (1) As used in this section, "credit" includes proof of equivalent noncredit course
137 completion awarded by a technical college.
138 (2) An institution of higher education listed in Section 53B-2-101 shall provide written
139 notification to each student applying for admission that the student is required to meet with a
140 college counselor in order to receive credit for military service and training as recommended by
141 a postsecondary accreditation agency or association designated by the board or the Utah System
142 of Technical Colleges Board of Trustees if:
143 (a) credit for military service and training is requested by the student; and
144 (b) the student has met with an advisor at an institution of higher education listed in
145 Section 53B-2-101 at which the student intends to enroll to discuss applicability of credit to
146 program requirements, possible financial aid implications, and other factors that may impact
147 attainment of the student's educational goals.
148 (3) Upon transfer within the state system of higher education, a student may present a
149 transcript to the receiving institution of higher education for evaluation and to determine the
150 applicability of credit to the student's program of study, and the receiving institution of higher
151 education shall evaluate the credit to be transferred [
152 (2) and the policies described in Section 53B-16-110.
153 (4) The board and the Utah System of Technical Colleges Board of Trustees shall
154 annually report the number of credits awarded under this section by each institution of higher
155 education to the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs.
156 Section 3. Section 53B-16-110 is enacted to read:
157 53B-16-110. Credit for prior learning -- Board plan and policies -- Reporting.
158 (1) As used in this section:
159 (a) "Credit for prior learning" means credit awarded by an institution to a student who
160 demonstrates, through a prior learning assessment, that the student's prior learning meets
161 college-level competencies.
162 (b) "Institution" means an institution of higher education that is within the Utah System
163 of Higher Education.
164 (c) "Prior learning" means knowledge, skills, or competencies acquired through formal
165 or informal education outside the traditional postsecondary academic environment.
166 (d) "Prior learning assessment" means a method of evaluating or assessing an
167 individual's prior learning.
168 (e) "Utah System of Higher Education" means the institutions described in Subsection
170 (2) On or before November 1, 2019, the board shall develop a systemwide plan for
171 advising and communicating with students and the public about credit for prior learning in the
172 Utah System of Higher Education.
173 (3) (a) On or before November 1, 2019, the board shall establish policies that provide
174 minimum standards for all institutions regarding:
175 (i) accepted forms of prior learning assessments;
176 (ii) awarding credit for prior learning;
177 (iii) transferability of credit for prior learning between institutions;
178 (iv) transcription of credit for prior learning;
179 (v) institutional procedures for maintaining transparency and consistency in awarding
180 credit for prior learning;
181 (vi) communication to faculty, advisors, current students, and prospective students
182 regarding standards and cost related to credit for prior learning and prior learning assessments;
183 (vii) required training of faculty and advisors on prior learning assessment standards
184 and processes; and
185 (viii) portfolio-specific prior learning assessments.
186 (b) The board shall ensure that accepted forms of prior learning assessments described
187 in Subsection (3)(a) include at least the following:
188 (i) program evaluations, completed by an institution, of noncollegiate programs or
189 training courses to recognize proficiencies;
190 (ii) nationally recognized, standardized examinations, including:
191 (A) Advanced Placement examinations;
192 (B) College Level Exam Program general examinations;
193 (C) College Level Exam Program subject examinations; and
194 (D) DANTES Subject Standardized Tests;
195 (iii) customized examinations offered by an institution to verify an individual's learning
196 achievement that may include course final examinations or other examinations that assess
197 general disciplinary knowledge or skill;
198 (iv) evaluations of corporate or military training; and
199 (v) assessments of individuals' portfolios.
200 (4) (a) The board shall establish minimum scores and maximum credit for each
201 standardized examination described in Subsection (3)(b)(ii).
202 (b) An institution shall award credit to a student who demonstrates competency by
203 passing a standardized examination described in Subsection (3)(b)(ii) unless the award of credit
204 duplicates credit already awarded.
205 (5) The board shall:
206 (a) create and maintain a website that provides systemwide and institutional
207 information on prior learning assessments and credit for prior learning; and
208 (b) identify a software or data tool that will support the board in:
209 (i) implementing the plan described in Subsection (2); and
210 (ii) fulfilling the board's requirements described in Section 53B-16-105.
211 (6) On or before the November 2019 interim meeting, the board shall report to the
212 Education Interim Committee on:
213 (a) the plan described in Subsection (2);
214 (b) the policies described in Subsection (3); and
215 (c) the software or data tool described in Subsection (5).
216 (7) On or before May 1, 2020, an institution shall report to the board:
217 (a) steps the institution will take to:
218 (i) implement the plan described in Subsection (2) and the policies described in
219 Subsection (3); and
220 (ii) communicate to students about credit for prior learning, including about the
221 policies described in Subsection (3);
222 (b) a timeline for the steps described in Subsection (7)(a); and
223 (c) each form of prior learning assessment for which the institution provides credit for
224 prior learning that is not described in Subsection (3)(b).
225 (8) An institution shall annually report to the board on:
226 (a) each form of prior learning assessment for which the institution provides credit for
227 prior learning; and
228 (b) the total amount of credit for prior learning the institution provides to students.