Reinhardt University SACSCOC Compliance Certification

3.5.2 Institutional Credits for a Degree             

At least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree are earned through instruction offered by the institution awarding the degree. (Institutional credits for a degree)

Judgment check box Compliance

Narrative

Reinhardt University policy states that a limited number of transfer credits may be applied toward any Reinhardt University degree. Transfer course ceilings are 40 semester credit hours for an associate degree (requiring 33% of hours at Reinhardt University) and 80 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree (requiring 33% of hours at Reinhardt University).  Reinhardt University evaluates transfer credit according to sound and accepted policies that are published in the University’s Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017.  [1]

In addition, for the baccalaureate degree, at least 32 of the last 45 semester hours prior to graduation (including 15 upper level credits in the major) must be taken at Reinhardt OR for the associate degree, completion at Reinhardt of the last 20 semester credits immediately preceding graduation. [2]

When possible, transferred academic credits 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.  In addition, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher at the institution of origin, and no grades of “D” are accepted unless the student has completed a bachelor or associate degree at Reinhardt University or another regionally accredited institution.  The supporting documentation includes examples of transfer credit evaluations processed by Registrar’s Office. [345]

Credit awarded by Reinhardt is clearly presented on the student’s academic transcript. Transfer credit accepted by Reinhardt is posted semester by semester reflecting the institution from which the credit was accepted. Transfer credit is posted with the code “TR” and the college and university (“Organization”) where the credit was awarded is identified.  See example of transcript. [6] Reinhardt offers no collaborative undergraduate degree.

The Board of Trustees, through the Executive Committee, approves all students for graduation and has the authority to award degrees. Responsibility for certifying that all graduation requirements have been met rests with the dean or designee of each school. Worksheets are used by the schools to document the process of comparing student transcripts with degree requirements in order to certify graduation. The Registrar’s Office is responsible for ensuring all requirements for awarding degrees are met. After the student turns in their graduation application to the Registrar’s Office, an audit is conducted of the prospective graduate’s transcript comparing it to the requirements of his or her degree program. See degree audit examples in supporting documentation. [78 , 9 ] Any problems noted during this transcript audit are brought to the student’s attention. It is the student’s responsibility to correct irregularities and deficiencies to fulfill all graduation requirements.

Reinhardt monitors the amount of credit a student earns through Jenzabar, which is used to verify completion of all degree requirements before a degree is posted, including that transfer courses are limited to 40 semester credits for an associate degree  and 80 semester credits for a baccalaureate and that least 32 of the last 45 semester hours prior to graduation (including 15 upper level credits in the major) are taken at Reinhardt OR for the associate degree, completion at Reinhardt of the last 20 semester credits immediately preceding graduation.  This system is available for students and deans in each of the schools who approve the degree for awarding.

In summary, Reinhardt provides a portfolio of documentation to support its judgment of compliance with this comprehensive standard.

 

Supporting Documents

[1] Transfer Credit Policies, pp. 18-19

[2] RU Graduation Requirements

[3] Transfer Credit Evaluation Example 1

[4] Transfer Credit Evaluation Example 2

[5] Transfer Credit Evaluation Example 3

[6] Transcript Example

[7] Degree Audit Example 1

[8] Degree Audit Example 2

[9] Degree Audit Example 3