Reinhardt University SACSCOC Compliance Certification

3.6.3 Institutional Credits for a Degree

At least one-third of credits toward a graduate or a post-baccalaureate professional degree are earned through instruction offered by the institution awarding the degree. (See Commission policy “Agreements Involving Joint and Dual Academic Awards: Policy and Procedures.”) (Institutional credits for a degree)

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Narrative

Reinhardt University maintains control of all academic credit requirements for graduate degrees.  These are published in the Reinhardt University Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017.  Reinhardt has no joint or dual academic awards in the graduate programs.

General transfer credit policies for all programs

Transfer policies ensure that a majority of credits for a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree are earned from the University.  Although the number of hours allowed for transfer credit depends on individual program policy, there are general policies governing the acceptance of transfer credits, as published in the Reinhardt Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [1]:

  • any transferred graduate credit must have been completed at regionally accredited Commission on Colleges (COC) institution;
  • course grades may not be transferred for courses over five years;
  • courses with grades below a “B” will not be accepted;
  • transferred grades are not used in the calculation of semester and overall grade point averages earned at Reinhardt University.

Individual program transfer credit policies

Because of the cohort model, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) [2] and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Elementary Education [3] do not accept any transfer credit.

The Director of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing will consider up to a maximum of nine (9) credit hours of graduate transfer credit; however, 51 of the 60 required credit hours, or 85%, of the course work must be completed at Reinhardt University. The Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) will consider up to a maximum of six (6) credit hours of transfer graduate credit; however, 30 credit hours of the required 36 credit hours, or 83%, of the required coursework must be completed at Reinhardt University.

Both the MFA [4] and the MPA [5] have the same stipulations for transfer credit, as outlined above from The Reinhardt University Graduate Academic Catalog.  In addition to the general policies listed above, they include the following:

  • transferred courses must correspond to those courses offered in Reinhardt’s curriculum.  Students will need to provide official transcripts of course work, course descriptions and course syllabi as evidence.
  • transfer credit will not be given for course work that was not applicable toward a graduate degree at the institution where the credit was earned.

Posting of Graduate Credit

Reinhardt’s policy is to clearly identify on a student’s transcript all transfer credits accepted toward the degree with reference to the specific institution from which the credits are transferred. Currently, there are no examples of graduate transcripts with transfer credits.  The MPA and MFA programs are relatively new, and no one has applied for transfer credit.

Conclusion

Reinhardt University is in compliance with Standard 3.6.3.

 

Supporting Documents

[1] Reinhardt Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, graduate Transfer Credit policy, p. 30

[2] Reinhardt Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, MBA Transfer Credit policy, p. 33

[3] Reinhardt Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, MAT Transfer Credit policy, p.38

[4] Reinhardt Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, MFA Transfer Credit policy, p. 52

[5] Reinhardt Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, MPA Transfer Credit policy p. 57