Peer Sharing: View Peer Equivalencies

This article provides instructions for viewing peer institutions' equivalencies when reviewing a course description through the Course Finder.

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Peer Sharing is a feature that allows TES® Administrators to designate other TES-subscribing institutions as peers for the purpose of seeing how these colleges and universities are evaluating courses and other learning experiences for transfer and award of credit. Individuals with the ACCESS EQ, CREATE EVAL, or CREATE EQ user right can view peer equivalencies when reviewing course descriptions in the Course Finder. This information can be used as a reference point when evaluating credit or advocating for practice and/or policy changes. System colleges can also use this feature to collaborate with one another on statewide transfer and articulation.

View Peer Equivalencies

To begin viewing peer equivalencies:

  1. Go to the Search menu.
  2. Select Course Finder.
  3. Use the INSTITUTION SEARCH box to enter the name of the institution whose course needs evaluation.
    • The U.S. Schools toggle is selected by default.
    • If needed, toggle Non U.S. Schools or All to broaden the search.
  4. Select Search.
  5. Select the arrow to the left of the institution's name.
  6. Select the data set from which the course should be reviewed from the drop-down menu.
    • Or, search across all data sets using the Course Code or Course Title toggles.
  7. Use the Course Code or Course Titles toggle, or the SELECT DEPARTMENT drop-down, to locate the course.
    • Once identified, mark the checkbox to the left of the course.
    • Select View.

Need additional assistance? See Locating Institutions & Courses in the TES® Support Center.

  1. To the right of the EQUIVALENCY HISTORY field, select Peer EQ.

Course Finder 4. Callout illustrates location of Peer EQ button.

If multiple courses have been selected through the Course Finder, the user will need to select the Peer EQ button next to each individual course to view the equivalencies to each.

  1. The Peer Equivalency page will appear.

To the right of the transfer course description will be a list of the colleges and universities the school has identified as peer institutions. If the peer institutions have active equivalencies to the course that are not hidden from the TES® Public View, they will be listed.

If no active non-hidden equivalencies exist at an institution, only the institution name will appear in the PEER EQUIVALENCIES list. The selectable arrow button will not display.

Peer Equivalency page. The course description for the Community College of Rhode Island's ENGL1010 Composition One displays to the left. To the right is the peer institution CollegeSource University JP. This university evaluated ENGL1010 as equivalent to its CO 130 Academic Writing.

It's important to note that many-to-many and many-to-one equivalencies that contain this transfer course will appear within the list of PEER EQUIVALENCIES.

  • I.e., if CollegeSource University (JP) created an equivalency to the Community College of Rhode Island's ENGL 1010 and 2010, it would appear in the list of equivalencies to ENGL 1010.

The following information will display under PEER EQUIVALENCIES:


Name of college or university


Course identifier (often structured as a subject + number)

Includes all courses from the institution's data set: those from the institution's official catalog and User Added Home Courses


Name of the course (a brief label) 


Credit value of the course (educational systems vary; this number could represent semester, quarter, unit, or other credit types; may not be populated for User Added Home Courses)

Select the arrow to the left of the institution name to be taken to the EQUIVALENCY DETAIL page.

Equivalency Detail page. The course descriptions for Community College of Rhode Island's ENGL 1010 Composition One and CollegeSource University JP's CO 130 Academic Writing appear side by side. Above, the Begin Date, End Date, and Public Note fields are blank.

The following information will display:


First day on which the equivalency is effective 

Format: (MM/DD/YYYY) 

If no Begin Date is entered, the equivalency is considered effective from the “beginning of time” (or at least since the course was created) 


Last day on which the equivalency is effective  

Format: (MM/DD/YYYY) 

If no End Date is entered, the equivalency is considered effective into the future.  


Notes to display in the Public View

Maximum length: 1,024 characters

Course Information

When optional data is not provided by the institution, the field name will not appear.


Institution course identifier (often structured as a subject + number)


Name of the course (a brief label)


Summary of the content of the course


Credit value of the course (educational systems vary; this number could represent semester, quarter, unit, or other credit types)

Lecture Hours (optional)

Number of credit hours assigned to instructor presentation (a portion of the total credit hours of the course)

Lab Hours (optional)

Number of credit hours assigned to laboratory work (a portion of the total credit hours of the course)

Other Hours (optional)

Additional hours assigned to the course, outside of lecture or laboratory

Prerequisite (optional)

Requirement that must be met prior to taking the course

Corequisite (optional)

Requirement that must be fulfilled while the course is taken

Recommended (optional)

Additional coursework or skills that should be acquired before taking the course

Offered (optional)

Term(s) in which the course is typically scheduled

Grade Basis (optional)

Scale or options under which the course will be evaluated (ex. A-F, CR/NC)


Faculty by which the course is taught or attributed to

Source catalog

Name of the academic publication the course was sent for evaluation from

Course tag(s) (optional)

Institution-supplied code attached to a course, used to facilitate system and statewide transfer; generally applied to core or general education requirements


To return to the COURSE DETAIL page:

  1. Select the x at the top right to exit the EQUIVALENCY DETAIL page.

Callout illustrates location of x button on Equivalency Detail page.

  1. Within the navigation path, select COURSE DETAIL.

Callout illustrates location of Course Detail path name on Peer Equivalency page.

  1. From here:

Additional example of equivalency information in the EQUIVALENCY DETAIL screen. Users can see the BEGIN DATE and PUBLIC NOTE supplied by CollegeSource University (JP). User Added Home Courses are also included in the equivalency.

Image of Equivalency Detail. Equivalency includes a Begin Date but no End Date. A Public Note provides the viewer additional details about the equivalency, such as the equivalency only applying to non-majors.

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