Reinhardt University SACSCOC Compliance Certification

3.4.8  Noncredit to Credit

The institution awards academic credit for course work taken on a noncredit basis only when there is documentation that the noncredit course work is equivalent to a designated credit experience. (Noncredit to credit)

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Narrative

Reinhart University does not award credit for noncredit course work except as presented in Section 3.4.4 as “Alternative forms of credit.” [1]  A policy about noncredit experiences that Reinhardt does not accept is stated in the “Transfer Policies” section of Reinhardt University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017. [2]

Transfer credit will not be accepted for the following courses:

  • Remedial English and remedial mathematics
  • Courses basically of a secondary school or pre-college level
  • Vocational, technical and occupational courses (unless specified in an articulated agreement with another post-secondary institution)
  • Courses with nonacademic content
  • Institutional credit courses

Alternative forms of credit

Alternative forms of credit include experiential learning, credit by examination, Advanced Placement, verified military training, and verified professional/technical training.  As published on the “Alternative Ways of Earning Credit” website, [3] Reinhardt limits the amount of credit accepted from alternative ways of earning credit:  a maximum of 15 semester credits for the associate’s degree and a maximum of 30 semester credits for the bachelor’s degree.  In addition, there is a limit of 15 semester credit hours for any one type of proficiency examination credit. At this time, Reinhardt does not accept alternate forms of credit for graduate degrees. Reinhardt publishes the policies for alternate ways of earning credit on the “Alternative Ways of Earning Credit website” [3] as well as in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017. [4]

Experiential learning

Reinhardt publishes a process for evaluating experiential credit, following the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) and the Council for the Advancement of Experiential Learning (CAEL). [5] Credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis. Experience alone is inadequate. The experiential learning must relate to the learning objectives of the Reinhardt course for which the student is seeking credit. The Reinhardt University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 outlines the application procedure for experiential credit, which involves the student preparing a substantial portfolio with documentation demonstrating the achievement of appropriate learning outcomes. During the past five years, no one has applied for experiential learning credit.

Credit by examination

Authorized examinations include Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), and the subject tests of the American College Testing Service (ACT).  Reinhardt publishes information about these tests on its website [6] and in the Reinhardt University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017. [4]   A student may earn a maximum of 15 semester credits through any one of the proficiency examination programs. Examination credit appears on the student’s transcript with the name of the examining agency. [7]

Generally, the required cut-off score to earn college credit for AP work is a three. Credit posted by another college or university based on formal testing like CLEP or  Advanced Placement will be evaluated subject to Reinhardt’s score requirements.

Credit for verified professional/technical and military training

A student may petition for the award of lower-level, elective credit for verified professional/technical training if proper and sufficient documentation is provided demonstrating learning equivalent to that which could be obtained in a lower-division Reinhardt University course. Policies for this type of credit are published in the Reinhardt University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017. [8] Such credit is based on learning with consideration given to contact hours, content, and mastery of pertinent materials. A petition for the awarding of credit must be submitted, to be reviewed and approved by the appropriate program coordinator, school dean, provost, and the University registrar. [9] If awarded, the credit appears as “Professional & Technical Training Credit” on the Reinhardt transcript. [10]

Applicants may also be awarded elective credit for certified military training. The Registrar’s Office evaluates the Joint Services Transcript (JST), following the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) and identifies awarded credit as such on the Reinhardt transcript. [11]

Credit designation

When possible, verified alternative forms of credit are equated to courses offered at Reinhardt University.  If a direct equivalent is not offered by Reinhardt University, the academic credits are evaluated by the respective academic School Dean to determine use toward meeting degree requirements for a major. If a course cannot be equated to a specific Reinhardt course or degree program, it may be considered for lower-level general elective credit and appear as “GEN” (general elective credit) on the student’s transcript, as illustrated by a sample student transcript. [12]

Conclusion

Reinhardt University has a policy for noncredit experiences that it does not accept.  Reinhardt has policies for awarding verified alternative forms of credit.

 

Supporting Documents

[1] Section 3.4.4

[2] Policy for noncredit experiences that Reinhardt does not accept, p. 18

[3] Alternative Credit policies, Reinhardt University website

[4] Alternative Credit policies, Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, pp. 44-46

[5] “Procedure for Experiential Credit,” Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, pp. 45-46

[6] Credit by Examination, Reinhardt University website   

[7] Transcript with credit by examination

[8] Professional and technical credit policies, Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, pp. 184-85

[9] Technical and Professional Training Credit Petition

[10] Transcript with Technical and Professional credit

[11] Transcript with JST credit

[12] Transcript with “GEN” for AP tests