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Transfer Students FAQs

What's the purpose of the ICC?

The Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) is the set of liberal arts requirements that comprise the common academic experience for all Ithaca College students. The program is designed to help students develop skills in integrative thinking, critical and analytical problem solving, and reflective learning. All three of these skills have been identified by both employers and professional societies as essential for success in 21st century personal and professional life.

What writing requirements must I complete for the ICC?

All students must complete two writing requirements for the ICC: First Year Composition and Writing Intensive.

First Year Composition focuses on developing the broad academic writing skills needed to succeed at the college level. This requirement can be fulfilled by successfully completing WRTG10600, ICSM108xx or ICSM118xx; by scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition exam; or by transferring credit for a course equivalent to WRTG10600. Students who enter Ithaca College with Advanced Placement or transfer credit for the First Year Composition requirement should NOT enroll in an ICSM108xx or ICSM118xx, as you will earn credit for only one course.

Academic Writing Flowchart

Writing Intensive courses focus on developing writing within the context of a single discipline. This requirement can be met by successfully completing an Ithaca College course designated WI. Approved courses appear on this website and in the Ithaca College Catalog. Students wishing to transfer credit for the WI requirement must send the name/number of the course, institution where taken, and a copy of the syllabus to icc@ithaca.edu for review. Transfer courses taken after enrolling at Ithaca College must be approved before taking the course by completing the Petition for Transfer Credit form available in the Office of the Registrar (2nd Floor, Peggy Ryan Williams).

How do I go about having a transfer course evaluated for possible ICC credit?

Transfer courses are initially evaluated by the Office of the Registrar when you enter the institution and a transcript is received. If you believe a course might meet ICC learning outcomes but it is not so designated during the initial evaluation, please send the course title, institution where taken, and course syllabus to icc@ithaca.edu for review.

If you are planning to take a course at another institution in the future (e.g., during the summer) and wish to use the credit to fulfill ICC quantitative literacy, diversity, or writing intensive requirements, you'll need to obtain a "Petition for Transfer Credit" form from the Office of the Registrar and obtain the signatures listed on the form. You are strongly encouraged to complete this form before taking the course so that you know in advance how the credits will come into the institution.

I have an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS). Will I be required to complete the ICC?

Yes, all students graduating from Ithaca College are required to complete the ICC. Students entering with an AAS degree from a regionally accredited college or university will enter as transfer students. An AAS degree is not equivalent to an AA or AS degree which does satisfy various components of the ICC. Some of the courses at your previous institution may transfer in as meeting ICC designations. Specific information for transfer students can be found on the ICC webpage, under the tab “Resources for Students” and the section “Are you a transfer student”.

I'm a transfer student and was placed in the Liberal Arts & Society theme. Can I change to another theme?

Yes, but it is strongly suggested that students consult with their Academic Advisor, Dean, Department Chair or the ICC Director before making any changes to their theme. All theme changes will be reviewed and will require approval from the ICC Director. Transfer courses that meet perspective requirements in the Liberal Arts & Society theme can’t be applied to another theme. To change your ICC theme, please use the appropriate form available in IC Workflow.

Is there a convenient way to view ICC course offerings for next semester or during the winter session or summer session?

The Academic Advising Center tabulates ICC designated courses in several summary grids at https://www.ithaca.edu/advising/curriculum/iccworksheets/.

Can ICC designated courses be taken S/D/F?

Students need to pass ICC designated courses for them to count towards the ICC requirements. A passing grade can be met with a letter grade above a D- or with an S. Students can request the S/D/F option for ICC themes & perspective courses and attribute courses outside the major. Please refer to the catalog for additional information about the S/D/F options.

I'm a transfer student. Which Ithaca Seminar should I enroll in?

Students who completed at least 9 semester hours (or equivalent) of college course work after high school graduation and before matriculation at Ithaca college should enroll in ICSM 20500: Transfer Student Seminar for 0-1 credits. This course will introduce you to integrative learning, the role of liberal arts in education and society, the electronic learning portfolio, and the Ithaca College community. These seminars are taught by professional advisors from the Academic Advising Center so that you can finalize your plans for completing your degree, including whether it's best for you to remain in the Liberal Arts and Society theme or to switch to one of the six traditional ICC themes.

How do I go about having a transfer course evaluated for possible ICC credit?

Transfer courses are initially evaluated by the Office of the Registrar when you enter the institution and a transcript is received. If you believe a course might meet ICC learning outcomes but it is not so designated during the initial evaluation, please send the course title, institution where taken, and course syllabus to icc@ithaca.edu for review.

If you are planning to take a course at another institution in the future (e.g., during the summer) and wish to use the credit to fulfill ICC quantitative literacy, diversity, or writing intensive requirements, you'll need to obtain a "Petition for Transfer Credit" form from the Office of the Registrar and obtain the signatures listed on the form. You are strongly encouraged to complete this form before taking the course so that you know in advance how the credits will come into the institution.

How do I access my Taskstream account to create electronic learning portfolios?

You will be able to access your account by logging in to myHome on the Ithaca College website. Accounts for incoming fall 2015 students will become available during summer 2015.

I'm a transfer student and met some of my ICC requirements before I got to IC. How do I complete my ICC electronic learning portfolio?

As a transfer student, you have a couple of different options for completing the individual requirements within your ICC electronic learning portfolio.

For courses you take at Ithaca College, as well as any other courses where you have copies of assignments that meet the student learning outcomes for the ICC requirement, you can simply upload a copy of the assignment and complete the accompanying form for each portfolio component.

For courses you took before coming to Ithaca, you can also create a narrative reflecting on how specific courses or other college experiences helped you achieve the student learning outcomes associated with those ICC requirements. You can upload your narrative in any of the TaskStream supported formats, including text and image, file attachment, video, or multimedia.

Completing all of the components of the ICC electronic learning portfolio, including those related to courses you completed before coming to IC, is important because the purpose of the portfolio is for you to integrate all of your college learning experiences, regardless of where they occurred.

Why do I need to complete an ICC electronic learning portfolio if I'm a transfer student?

The ICC learning portfolio is designed so that graduating students can articulate the knowledge, competencies, and skills they have gained from their entire college experience. As a transfer student, some of that college experience comes from your time at Ithaca College and some of it comes from the college experiences you had before you enrolled at Ithaca College. All of your educational experiences combine to make you the learner and person you are today.

Being able to articulate the knowledge, competencies, and skills you have gained from your college experiences is important for yourself, as you engage in reflection about your own learning and how your experiences have shaped you as a learner (this also contributes to Ithaca College's institutional goal of fostering reflective learners). Beyond reflection and greater awareness for your own development, being able to articulate the knowledge, competencies, and skills you've gained from your educational experiences can help you explain to others why you want to work in a particular field, attend graduate school, or engage in other activities after graduation.

What if I received Advanced Placement or other credit for an ICC requirement for learning completed before I came to Ithaca College? What do I do to complete that section of the ICC portfolio?

If you have a paper, video, or other artifact from your previous course, you can submit that. For First Year Composition, you can submit an argumentative paper you write in one of your classes during your first semester at Ithaca College. If you don't have previous assignments, you can submit narrative description of how what you learned in your previous course helped you achieve the student learning outcomes for the requirement. The key for your submission is that it addresses how you have achieved the student learning outcomes (listed in the directions for the relevant section of the ICC DRF) for that particular component of the ICC.

I'm a transfer student. Will I be required to complete the ICC?

All students graduating from Ithaca College will be required to complete some form of the ICC. Specific requirements for students who enter as institutionally-defined transfer students are available on the ICC webpage, under the tab “Resources for Students" and section "Are you a transfer student?"