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3.4.4 Acceptance of Academic Credit

The institution has a defined and published policy for evaluating, awarding, and accepting credit for transfer, experiential learning, advanced placement, and professional certificates that is consistent with its mission and ensures that course work and learning outcomes are at the collegiate level and comparable to the institution's own degree programs. The institution assumes responsibility for the academic quality of any course work or credit recorded on the institution's transcript. (See Commission policy "The Transfer or Transcripting of Academic Credit.")

Responsible Unit: Division of Academic Affairs

Compliance Judgment

Compliance

Narrative

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has established and published policies related to the acceptance, evaluation and awarding of transfer credit. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the School of Graduate Studies are responsible for ensuring that course work and learning outcomes are at the appropriate collegiate level and are comparable to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University's coursework. Academic departments have the opportunity to review staff decisions regarding the awarding of transfer credit and to make recommendations related to the appropriateness of those decisions. This review process ensures that the content of the transfer coursework is at the appropriate collegiate level and that it is comparable to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University's coursework. These policies are in keeping with the University's mission to admit students who can develop "the ability to apply knowledge to life beyond the campus", "to be productive citizens of the 21st century"[1], and to develop into leaders in the communities in which they will live and work.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has established and published policies related to the acceptance, evaluation and awarding of transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities [2], Advanced Placement (AP), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). [3] North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State "Accepted courses are recorded to the student's credit, but grade points are not calculated on the transferred courses.

The university does not accept transfer credit from challenge examinations or for course work where grades of P/F have been given. The university does not award credit based on experiential learning or professional certifications. The maximum number of undergraduate transferable credits is eighty (80) semester hours from a four year college and sixty-four (64) semester hours from a two year college." [4]

The maximum number of graduate transferable credits is six (6) hours. Graduate credit may be allowed for up to six (6) hours for courses taken at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University provided that it is at the 600 level or higher, that the grade is "B" or better, that it was not counted to fulfill undergraduate requirements, and that it is recommended by the student's undergraduate advisor prior to enrollment in the course. No graduate credit will be allowed for excess credits completed in an undergraduate classification at another institution. Only twelve (12) credits from a previous North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University master's degree may be counted toward the minimal 30-hour requirement. [5]

"The University of North Carolina System and the North Carolina Community College System have designed a comprehensive articulation agreement to facilitate the transfer of courses to most four-year colleges and universities in North Carolina. The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement defines a 44-semester credit hour general education core and 20 additional semester hours of transfer elective credit. North Carolina community college students who are in the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree program or the Associate in Science degree program will be treated as juniors providing they are admitted. Information concerning the agreement is available on the World Wide Web at the University of North Carolina System web page."[4,6, 7]

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University does not award undergraduate transfer credit for coursework in which a grade below "C" was earned or graduate transfer credit for coursework in which a grade below "B" was earned. Each admitted transfer student receives a copy of the completed transfer credit evaluation. Academic departments have the opportunity to review the decisions of staff in awarding transfer credit and to make recommendations regarding the appropriateness of the decision to award transfer credit. This review process ensures that the content of the transfer coursework is at the appropriate collegiate level and that it is comparable to the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University's coursework.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University students who complete international coursework while enrolled in the Study Abroad program through the Office of International Programs receive approval of their coursework prior to leaving on their study abroad assignment. These students work with the Office of International Programs, their department, and the Registrar's Office to identify which North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University coursework will be awarded based on their study abroad experience.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University degree seeking students who desire to take courses elsewhere, i.e., Summer, Fall, or Spring, are required to obtain approval from their school/college dean before registering at another institution. Course descriptions are needed in order for accurate evaluations to be done. Only the credit hours will transfer to the University and a minimum grade of "C" is required for a course to transfer. The university does not accept credit from proficiency examinations or grades of P/F. Transient Study Forms and Guidelines for off-campus study are available in the Office of Admissions. [8]

The policies and procedures governing the awarding of academic credit are reviewed and revised periodically by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, in conjunction with the respective academic departments. The Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for Enrollment Management initiates the review and revision process.

What is the documented evidence of periodic evaluation for revisions and improvements in admission policies? Include narrative with PDF documentation.

Supporting Documents

[1]

Undergraduate Bulletin, 2008-2010, Mission Statement, p. 3

[2]

Undergraduate Bulletin, 2008-2010, Admissions Criteria

[3]

Undergraduate Bulletin, 2008-2010, Advanced Placement

[4]

Undergraduate Admissions, Transfer policy

[5]

Graduate Catalog, 2005 - 2007, p. 38

[6]

Equivalent Courses, AT/NC Community College

[7]

Articulation Agreement, NC Community College

[8]

Policies, Procedures Undergraduate Admissions

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