SACS Principles of Accreditation

Section IV: COC Programs

3.4.8 The institution awards academic credit for course work taken on a non-credit basis only when there is documentation that the non-credit course work is equivalent to a designated credit experience.



JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE

Compliance.

NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE

The University awards academic credit for course work taken on a non-credit basis only when there is documentation that the non-credit course work is equivalent to a designated credit experience. Non-credit coursework is defined either as a formal educational experience not sponsored by a college or university or an experience sponsored by a college or university that could not be applied to a degree at that institution. It includes non-collegiate educational and training courses, and educational experiences obtained as continuing education, remedial, and developmental work. Non-credit coursework does not include degree credits, whether awarded from a higher education institution but not valid for transfer to the University, or awarded from a non-regionally accredited institution.

The University awards academic credit for coursework taken on a non-credit basis in only four cases, specifically:

  • Military training courses in the Armed Services of the United States. Veterans must submit transcripts or other official documentation of completion of military training to the University Registrar for evaluation (University Registrar, Transfer)

  • Border Patrol Agent training courses. Agents must submit transcripts or other official documentation of completion of training to the University Registrar and the appropriate chair and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for evaluation.

  • Credit for non-collegiate instruction or training. Only students enrolled in the program leading to the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences are eligible to receive credit through this process. No more than nine hours of credit earned through approved non-collegiate instruction may be applied to these degrees. Students must submit official documentation of completion of approved non-collegiate training for review by faculty and granted with approval of the appropriate chair and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Credit by examination. The University allows students to receive a maximum of thirty-three (33) semester hours of credit by examination for specified freshman and sophomore level courses. The University awards credit for scores on certain tests listed in the University Catalog, including the Advanced Placement Program (AP) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).(Catalog 2004-2005, Programs for Academic Support and Enrichment, Credit by Examination)

In the first three cases, credit awards are based on recommendations provided by the American Council on Education, which uses evaluation criteria and procedures developed first in 1945 for military courses, and adapted in 1974 to include training programs (Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services; National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs).

Any credit hours awarded for coursework taken on a non-credit basis may not exceed the credit hours awarded by the University for an equivalent course. A grade of “CR” for credit is recorded for approved courses.





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SOURCE

LOCATION/Special Instructions

University Registrar, Transfer

http://www.tamiu.edu/affairs/registrar/transfer_credits.shtml

Catalog 2004-2005, College of Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/ba-apply-art-sci.shtml

Catalog 2004-2005, Programs for Academic Support and Enrichment, Credit by Examination http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/pase.shtml#cbe
Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces, American Council on Education

http://www.acenet.edu/clll/military/guide.cfm
and in the Office of the University Registrar

National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs, American Council on Education http://www.acenet.edu/bookstore/pubInfo.cfm?pubID=119
and in the Office of the University Registrar


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