III:15:09 Transfer and Alternate Sources of Credit

Introduction

Volunteer State Community College grants transfer credit in accordance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges policy The Transfer or Transcripting of Academic Credit. The College generally considers transfer credit as credit which has been certified and transcripted or credentialed by and external source.

Types of Credit Considered

Courses from Similar Institutions

Volunteer State Community College generally accepts credits from other Institutions of higher education. Applicants who have attended other institutions of higher education, and will pursue a degree at Volunteer State, must provide official transcripts of all credits attempted. Transcripts are evaluated prior to, or during the initial term of enrollment. Students are notified as evaluations are completed. All collegiate-level coursework for each transfer student, who is degree-seeking or seeking a technical certificate, will be evaluated according to the following criteria: (1) course similarity within the programs enrolled in at Volunteer State; (2) course content equivalent to course taught at the same level at Volunteer State; (3) same credentialing requirements for faculty at the same transferring institution. In some cases Volunteer State may request additional information before awarding credit on a course-by-course basis.

Proprietary College Courses

Awarding of transfer credit from proprietary colleges is considered on a case-by-case basis. Documentation including submission of official transcripts of courses taken, documentation of course content, course level, contact hours, the standards for assessing student work, and certification of the academic credentials of the course instructor must be submitted by the student to the appropriate Academic Dean for consideration. The Academic Dean will review the documentation submitted and coordinate with the Office of Records and Registration to confirm or deny approval of courses approved for transfer.

Vocational/Technical Courses

Volunteer State Community College will award credit from Tennessee Technology Centers and other similar institutions based on the Principles of Articulation in Vocational/Technical Education as specified in Tennessee Board of Regents Policy 2:01:00:03. Credit for vocational/technical courses delivered by secondary schools may also be awarded if the College has entered into an articulation agreement with the secondary school delivering the course(s) in question.

Developmental Studies Transfer Courses

Transfer students who have credit for developmental studies courses (reading, writing, math, learning strategies) at non-TBR institutions may receive credit for those courses pending review and approval. Transfer students who have not completed a college-level English composition and/ or college-level algebra-based math course with a grade of "C" or better will be assessed upon entrance to the College following the assessment and placement procedures i.e., students with valid (less than 3 years old) ACT scores will be screened, and, depending on those scores, may be required to take the appropriate placement test. Transfer students who have not completed any college-level courses, and who have no transfer credit for the (equivalent) highest level developmental reading course at a non-TBR institution, and who have not already been assessed at a TBR institution, must be assessed in reading on entry following the assessment and placement procedures. As part of that assessment, previous assessments at non-TBR institutions will be reviewed and the student may be exempt from further assessment.

Military Service Credit

Students who have received honorable discharge after having served one year of active duty with the armed forces may upon request and submission of a valid DD214 receive Physical Education activity credit.

Advanced Placement Through College Entrance Examination Board

A maximum of twelve (12) semester hours may be given to qualified students on the basis of the Advanced Placement Program. To be eligible for credit, an entering freshman must place in group three, four, or five of the CEEB Advanced Placement Tests. Each applicant under this plan is required to take the Advanced Placement Test of the CEEB during his senior year in the secondary school. The tests are scored by the College Entrance Examination Board and sent to the College. Courses for which the student may receive credit will be approved by the Curriculum Committee and published in the College Catalog.

CLEP Subject Examinations

Examinations for credit in courses offered by the College may, under special circumstances, be offered to students who believe they have already mastered the material of the course through private study, technical employment, or the like. The College will recognize credit for exam offered through the Educational Testing Service, CLEP exam program. Local tests will not be developed for courses where CLEP exams are available. Courses for which the student may receive credit and the scores required to receive credit will be approved by the Curriculum Committee and published in the College Catalog.

CLEP General Examinations

As recommended by the American Council on Education, Volunteer State Community College will grant credit for the satisfactory completion of the General Examinations of the College-Level Examination Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. These CLEP General Examinations cover five areas as shown below; each area is scored separately; for the satisfactory completion of any area, Volunteer State Community College will grant six (6) semester hours of credit.

General CLEP scores:

  • English/with Essay 610
  • Social Science 500
  • Natural Science 500
  • Humanities 500
  • Math 500

The following is an interpretation of the manner in which credit in each area may be used by a student toward meeting degree requirements:

  1. English Composition
    This six (6) semester hours of credit will satisfy the requirement of freshman English composition in any program of study. (Credit is evaluated as being most comparable to English Composition I and English Composition II.)
  2. Fine Arts and Literature (Humanities)
    This six (6) semester hours of credit will satisfy the requirement in humanities in relevant programs of study. (Credit is evaluated as being most comparable to Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, Introduction to Film, and/or Introduction to Philosophy). This credit will not meet the requirement of sophomore English Literature.
  3. Mathematics
    This six (6) semester hours of credit will satisfy the requirement in mathematics in relevant programs of study. (Credit is evaluated as being most comparable to College Algebra and 3 semester hours of math electives).
  4. Biological and Physical Science (Natural Sciences)
    This six (6) semester hours of credit may be used as an elective credit only and will not meet the requirement of a two (2) semester sequence in science in any program of study.
  5. Social Science and History
    This six (6) semester hours of credit will satisfy the requirement in social science in relevant programs of study. This credit will not meet the requirement of a two (2) semester sequence in World Civilization, American History, or Tennessee History in any program of study.

Correspondence or Extension Credit

Volunteer State Community College accepts a maximum of 15 semester hours earned by correspondence and/or extension, provided that such credits are taken from an institution which is a member of the University Extension Association, the Teacher College Extension Association, or the appropriate regional accrediting association. Procedures for transferring correspondence and/or extension credit will be published in the College Catalog.

Credit for American Management Association Certificates

Students who have earned the American Management Association Certificate in Management or in General Management may apply that certification toward six hours of elective credit to earn the Associate of Applied Science, General Business Administration Option, Management Concentration. A copy of the American Management Association Certificate must be submitted as documentation. Prior to receiving these six hours of elective credit, students must successfully complete fifteen hours of credit coursework at Volunteer State.

Credit by External Examination

Students may request college credit for the successful completion of acceptable national, regional, or state examinations. An official copy of the credential should be submitted to the Office of Admissions. The credential will evaluated by the College Registrar and Academic Dean deemed most appropriate to determine if and what credit should be granted for the credential. Approved credit will be transcripted by the Office of Records and Registration as credit by exam.

Credit for CPS Exam

Persons having already successfully received the Certified Professional Secretary's Examination are eligible to receive eighteen (18) semester hours of credit at Volunteer State Community College. Courses for which the student may receive credit will be approved by the Curriculum Committee and published in the College Catalog.

In order to receive credit for the CPS the student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be accepted into the College.
  2. Submit validated evidence of the CPS certificate to the Office of Records and Registration.
  3. Complete eighteen (18) semester hours of approved courses at the college.

Credit for Life Experience

Currently enrolled and former credit students may request consideration of college credit award for life experience. The Credit for Life Experience Committee has the responsibility of working with the student to evaluate the request and to determine if the Credit for Life Experience option is appropriate.

Credit for Life Experience may be granted through (2) options:

Option 1: Credit for Courses offered by Volunteer State

a. Submission of a portfolio documenting professional experience that relates directly to specific course content offered by the College and approval of this portfolio by a college committee for up to nine (9) semester hours of credit.

OR

b. Submission of the content and outcomes of prior learning through structured not-for-credit instruction offered by private or public agencies, verified by certificate or transcript, and approval of this content and outcomes by a college committee for up to nine (9) semester hours of credit.

Option 2: Credit for Elective Credit (Selected Topics Courses)

a. Submission of a portfolio documenting work or other experience that is worthy of college credit but does not match specific existing credit courses offered by Volunteer State and approval of this portfolio by a college committee for up to six (6) semester hours of elective credit.

OR

b. Submission of the content and outcomes of prior learning through structure not-for-credit instruction offered by private or public agencies, verified by certificate or transcript, and approval of this content by a college committee for up to six (6) semester hours of elective credit.

Credit for Life Experience may not be requested for subject areas that offer CLEP or credit by examination options.

Requests must be submitted at least two (2) semesters prior to graduation. Credit awarded through any of the options listed above is not considered part of the College's graduation residency requirements.

Students interested in pursuing Credit for Life Experience should contact the Chair of Credit for Life Experience Committee. The Committee will meet with the student to determine that the student's life experience meets the criteria for at least one of the options indicated above.

On the Job Training

  1. The student must present to the appropriate academic dean complete information relative to the type of training completed. This should include the place the training was obtained, the materials covered of kind of training received, and the number of clock hours involved in the training.
  2. The academic dean will assign an individual in the discipline involved to evaluate the material presented by the student.
  3. This evaluation will be presented to the College Registrar, who in consultation with the evaluator will determine the courses for which credit may be granted.
  4. No credit shall be awarded without the signatory approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  5. Credit will be posted on the transcript in term of the courses for which credit is being given. This credit will be listed under the heading; "Credit Granted on the Basis of On the Job Training".

Credit by Local Examination

Any student who has been admitted to the college may make application to take an examination for credit, up to a maximum of 12 semester hours, in limited courses in the division or divisions housing the course(s) in question. No examination may be given if a CLEP test is offered for that course. A student should be certain that he/she has at least the minimal preparation and background required before attempting any examination. Examinations may not be given in sequential courses numbered lower than those the student has already completed. Exception to the 12 semester hour limitation may be made by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The form of the examination and the method of administering it are left to the discretion of the Academic Dean. Proficiency examinations cannot be taken to repeat course work or be used in lieu of an "F" or "I". A student must enroll for the course and declare the intent to challenge by exam prior to the first day of class. Credit examinations may not be taken in areas where a student has been given course exemption without credit. Successfully earned credit will be transcripted by the Office of Records and Registration as credit by exam.

Procedures for earning credit by local examination will be published in the College Catalog.

Granting Transfer Credit

  1. Only courses in which a student earns a grade of "C" or better will be considered for transfer credit. The grade point average the student transfers from another school will not be posted on the Volunteer State transcript and will not be used in computing the grade point average for the student.
  2. Transfer credit in Military Science or R.O.T.C. may be counted in lieu of the same number of physical education hours.
  3. Credit will not be granted for College Level GED. Students may test out of courses if they feel they are proficient in the areas covered in the College Level GED. (This is not the same as GED for high school credits).

Maximum Transfer and Alternate Sources of Credit

Not more than a total of 36 semester hours of credit will be granted by Volunteer State through any combination of transfer and alternate sources towards a degree. Should a student be granted the maximum total of 36 semester hours of credit through transfer and alternate sources, he/she must still complete all specific degree requirements as outlined in the respective Program of Study in order to receive an associate degree from Volunteer State. Students must meet the 24 semester hour residence requirement and a minimum of 20 of the final 26 hours must be completed at Volunteer State. Exceptions may be approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the College Registrar.

TBR Source: 2:01:00:01: TBR Meeting, June 20, 1975; March 27, 2008; 2:01:00:03: Board Mtg: March 29, 2006; 2:01:00:04: March 2006 TBR Board Meeting.

VSCC Source: Former II:09:34, April 30, 1990, President; March 26, 1999, President; March 31, 2008, President's Cabinet. Former II:09:38, July 23, 1997. January 8, 2009, President's Cabinet.