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Creating Course Equivalencies

Creating Course Equivalencies

Course equivalencies exist to prevent students from repeating course work at EWU that they have already taken at from previous institutions. Mapping those equivalencies is done through the software program TES (Transfer Evaluation System) and filed through SOAR (Student Online Academic Review).

TES – Course Description Database

At its core, TES is a continuously updated course description database from participating colleges. If TES did not exist, evaluators would need to look up course descriptions in each institutions’ course catalogs manually and email all the resulting equivalencies one at a time.

EWU uses TES to save faculty time and effort while determining course equivalencies. TES uses built-in communication tools to streamline equivalency approvals and avoid cluttering faculty and staff email inboxes. This means most course equivalency discussions happen in TES instead of through email. Access to TES, or additional equivalency information, can be obtained by emailing Keith Klauss at

SOAR – Degree Completion Tables

SOAR is an automated program that utilizes information tables to prepare an accurate report of degree completion for students. It provides staff information to help advise students at EWU towards degree completion. If you have any questions concerning SOAR, contact Julie Harner at 509.359.6402 or

Transfer Guide – Existing Course Equivalencies

EWU’s Transfer Guide is a webpage that is directly connected to SOAR. Faculty, staff, and students can view established course equivalencies without logging on. Please note that only courses that have been previously transferred to EWU are in the guide.

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