Guarantee Program

Associate of Arts, Associate of Science Degrees

South Plains College guarantees to its Associate of Arts and Associate of Science students who have met the requirements for the degree, beginning May, 1992, and thereafter, that course credits will transfer to other public-supported Texas colleges or universities provided the following conditions are met:

  1. Transferability means acceptance of credit toward a specific major and degree at a specific institution. These three components must be identified by the student during the application for admission process prior to the first semester of enrollment at South Plains College.
  2. Limitations on total number of credits accepted in transfer, grades required, relevant grade point average, and duration of transferability apply as stated in the general undergraduate catalog of the receiving institution.
  3. Transferability refers to courses in a written transfer / degree plan filed in a student's file in the Office of Admissions and Records.
  4. Only college-level courses with Community College Academic Course Guide Manual approval numbers are included in this guarantee.

If all the above conditions are met and a course or courses are not accepted by a receiving institution in transfer, the student should notify the Dean of Instruction at South Plains College so the Transfer Dispute Resolution process can be initiated.

If course denial is not resolved, South Plains College will allow the student to take tuition-free alternative courses, semester hour for semester hour, which are acceptable to the receiving institution within a one-year period from granting of a degree from SPC. The graduate is responsible for payment of any fees, books or other course-related expenses associated with the alternate course or courses.

Associate of Applied Arts, Associate of Applied Science Degree, Certificate of Proficiency

South Plains College guarantees the recipients of an Associate of Applied Arts, Associate of Applied Science degree or a Certificate of Proficiency that upon exit from the program they will possess technical job skills identified as basic competencies for entry-level employment positions in their respective fields of study. If a recipient of an Associate of Applied Arts, Associate of Applied Science degree or certificate is judged by his or her employer to be lacking in these technical skills, the graduate will be provided up to 12 tuition-free credit hours of additional skill training by South Plains College under the conditions of the guarantee policy. Special conditions which apply to this graduate guarantee include the following:

  1. The graduate must have earned the Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate of Proficiency beginning May, 1992, or thereafter, in a technical program identified in the college's General Catalog.
  2. The graduate must have earned the Associate of Applied Arts degree beginning May, 2001, or thereafter, in a technical program in the college's General Catalog.
  3. The graduate must have completed requirements for the Associate of Applied Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees or Certificate of Proficiency with the South Plains College System, with a minimum 75 percent of credits earned at South Plains College and must have completed the degree or certificate requirements within a five-year time span.
  4. Graduates must be employed full-time in an area directly related to the area of program concentration as certified by the appropriate division dean.
  5. Employment must commence within 12 months of graduation.
  6. The employer must certify in writing that the employee is lacking entry-level skills identified by South Plains College as program exit competencies and must specify the areas of deficiency within 90 days of the graduate's initial employment.
  7. The employer, graduate, division dean, job placement counselor, and appropriate faculty member will develop a written educational plan for retraining.
  8. Retraining will be limited to 12 credit hours related to the identified skill deficiency and to those classes regularly scheduled during the period covered by the retraining plan.
  9. All retraining must be completed within a calendar year from the time the educational plan is agreed upon.
  10. The graduate and / or employer is responsible for the cost of books, insurance, uniforms, fees and other course-related expenses.
  11. The guarantee does not imply that the graduate will pass any licensing or qualifying examination for a particular career.

A student's sole remedy against South Plains College and its employees for skill deficiencies shall be limited to 12 credit hours of tuition-free education under the conditions described above. Activation of the Graduate Guarantee Program may be initiated by the graduate by contacting the appropriate divisional dean within 90 days of the graduate's initial employment.


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