Credit Earned at Degree-Granting Proprietary Institutions

TO: Chief Executive Officers of Institutions of Higher Education

FROM: Donald J. Nolan

SUBJECT: Credit Earned at Degree-Granting Proprietary Institutions

In CEO 90-16, dated April 9, 1990, I urged that all degree-granting institutions in the State give transferring students appropriate recognition of credit earned at other institutions authorized by the Regents to confer degrees, without regard to the sector of which the "sending" institution is a part.

In that memorandum I made particular mention of proprietary institutions authorized by the Regents to confer degrees. Those institutions meet the same standards of academic quality that apply to public and independent institutions in New York.

While experience since CEO 90-16 was issued indicates that most public and independent institutions are giving full recognition to appropriate credits earned at degree-granting proprietary institutions, there are still a small number of exceptions.

Recognizing the progress that has been made, I urge once again that all our colleges and universities extend transfer credit to students who have earned credit at New York's proprietary colleges on the same basis as they would to students who have earned credit at other degree-granting institutions. Of course, the "receiving" institution should evaluate the appropriateness of a student's prior study to the degree being sought. But the governance structure of the "sending" institution should not be a factor in that evaluation.

I remain confident that New York's institutions of higher education are united in their commitment to fair and equitable treatment of all students.

Last Updated: October 22, 2009