CCS HCS SB 997, 2016 (New Section - Proposed Language)
178.788. 1. The coordinating board for higher education, in consultation with the advisory board established in section 178.786, shall develop criteria to evaluate the transfer practices of each public institution of higher education in this state and shall evaluate the transfer practices of each institution based on this criteria.
2. The coordinating board shall develop procedures to be followed by institutions of higher education in resolving disputes concerning the transfer of course credit and by the commissioner of higher education in making a final determination concerning transfer of course credit if a transfer is in dispute.
3. Each institution of higher education shall publish in its course catalogs and on its official website the procedures adopted by the board under subsections 1 and 2 of this section.
4. If an institution of higher education does not accept course credit earned by a student at another public institution of higher education, that institution shall give written notice to the student and the other institution that the transfer of the course credit is denied. The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with rules promulgated by the coordinating board. If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the institution at which the credit was earned within forty-five days after the date the student received written notice of the denial, the institution that denies the transfer of the course credit shall notify the commissioner of higher education of its denial and the reasons for the denial.
5. The commissioner of higher education or his or her designee shall make the final determination about a dispute concerning the transfer of course credit and give written notice of the determination as to the involved student and institutions.
6. The coordinating board shall collect data on the types of transfer disputes that are reported and the disposition of each case that is considered by the commissioner of higher education or the commissioner's designee.
7. The provisions of sections 178.785 to 178.789 shall not apply to native students who are not seeking to transfer credits nor affect the authority of an institution of higher education to adopt its own admission standards or its own grading policies.
8. Students enrolled in professional programs shall complete the appropriate core curriculum that is required for accreditation or licensure.