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4.1.18 Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions and Credit by Examination

Accreditation and Awarding Transfer Credit

Collegiate Sources

Illinois State University will evaluate and award credit for all successfully completed college coursework with grades of “D” or better from colleges and universities holding national accreditation or accreditation from any one of the six regional accrediting associations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).  Institutions that have been granted candidacy status by a regional accrediting association will be treated as those that are fully accredited.

Students may provide documentation such as course descriptions and/or syllabi for review by the individual departments and registrar for possible credit for coursework completed at an institution without national or regional accreditation.

Some vocational work may be accepted.  Remedial or preparatory course work is not accepted for transfer.

Non-collegiate Sources

Learning experiences provided by select non-collegiate sources (e.g. military) may be eligible for consideration in the evaluation process.

Life and/or work experience is not eligible for consideration for transfer credit.

Location and Origination of CourseWork

The evaluation of coursework originating at U.S. institutions for possible transfer credit will be based on official transcripts.  To be eligible to receive transfer credit, coursework must appear on an official transcript from the institution that offered the coursework and initially conferred the credit.

Transfer credit is awarded from international institutions that are approved by the Ministry of Education (or an equivalent governing body) of the certifying country and are designated as tertiary level.  An average of 30 semester hours are awarded for each successfully completed year of international tertiary level education.  To be eligible to receive transfer credit, coursework must appear on official documents from the institution that offered the coursework and initially conferred the credit.

Credit Based On Level and Nature of Transfer Coursework

Level of CourseWork

Undergraduate Level

Coursework taken to complete an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree is considered undergraduate level credit.  All coursework from community colleges is considered to be lower level credit.  Coursework taken at the upper level (as defined by the college or university) at a four-year college or university is considered to be senior college level credit.

Graduate Level

Coursework taken at the graduate level may be considered for transfer at the graduate level, if not taken as part of a completed degree program at another institution.  A student may present a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit from another college or university that holds national or regional accreditation for use in meeting the requirements of the master’s degree.  Transfer credit may not be used in meeting the minimum number of 400-level credit hours required for the master’s degree. 

Correspondence courses are not accepted toward a master’s degree. 

Transfer credit must carry a grade of “B” or higher (NOTE: grades of CR, P, or S are not acceptable).  No courses are transferred without formal request from the student.  Credits more than six years old at the time of first registration into a degree program are not transferable from other institutions.

Non-collegiate Level

Courses that are clearly intended as a review of secondary school material are often designated remedial/developmental/preparatory and are not awarded university transfer credit.

Nature of CourseWork

Basic and General Courses

Illinois State University accepts transfer credit for baccalaureate-oriented coursework from two-year and four-year colleges and universities that hold national or regional accreditation.  Coursework is evaluated on a course-by-course basis.  Course descriptions and/or syllabi are reviewed and compared to the existing coursework and programs offered at Illinois State University for evaluation purposes.  Departmental review and recommendation may be required. 

Technical Courses

Illinois State University will consider evaluation of technical courses from two-year and four-year colleges and universities that hold national or regional accreditation.  Coursework is evaluated on a course-by-course basis.  Course descriptions and/or syllabi are reviewed and compared to the existing coursework and programs offered at Illinois State University for evaluation purposes.  Departmental review and recommendation may be required.

Community Education

Coursework designated as community education will not be considered for transfer to Illinois State University.  Personal enrichment courses do not count toward a degree and are not acceptable as transfer credit.

Course Acceptability, Comparability, Credit Hours, and General Education

Acceptability of Courses

Acceptable

Coursework evaluated and deemed acceptable based on its content and comparability relative to standard college/university curricula will be awarded university transfer credit.  Transfer credit will be posted to the student’s permanent record upon enrollment.

Unacceptable

Coursework which, by an evaluation of its content, is deemed to be inconsistent with standard college/university curricula will not be awarded university transfer credit (e.g. Non-collegiate Level).

Deferred

While an initial transfer evaluation will, in most cases, lead to a determination of the appropriate university transfer credit award (i.e. credit and the type of credit to be awarded or no credit awarded), some courses will be referred to designated instructional department faculty for further review and a final decision.

Escrow Credit

Diploma school or Associate Degree nursing courses are “held in escrow” for the student until successful completion of three specified Nursing upper-division courses:  NUR 223, 227, and 236.  Once these three courses have been successfully completed through enrollment, thirty-four credits are placed on the student’s transcript for the following Nursing courses:  NUR 229, 231, 314, 316, 317, and 325.

Content Comparability

Direct Equivalent

Coursework determined to be transferable as the same course equivalent of an Illinois State University course.

Elective Credit

Coursework determined to be transferable, but not as a direct equivalent of an Illinois State University course.

General Education Credit

Coursework determined to fulfill Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum or Illinois State University General Education requirements.

Determination of Hours Awarded

Illinois State University operates on a semester calendar.  Course hours taken at an institution following a quarter or other calendar will be converted to semester hours (e.g. 1 quarter hour equals .7 semester hour).  Transfer credit from community colleges is limited to 70 semester hours; credit from four-year colleges and universities is limited to 90 semester hours.

Fulfillment of General Education through Transfer Credit

Associate’s Degree

Students who have completed an Associate of Arts (A.A.) from any nationally or regionally accredited post-secondary institution will be considered to have met the Illinois State University General Education requirements.

Students who have completed an Associate of Science (A.S.) from an accredited, participating Illinois college of university, must complete the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) either as part of their A.S. degree or by completing the GECC at Illinois State or by transfer credit.  All distribution requirements of each GECC category must be followed; that is, both a humanities and a fine arts course must be completed and at least two different disciplines must be represented in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Students who have completed an A.S. from any nationally or regionally accredited post-secondary institution outside the state of Illinois will be considered to have met the Illinois State University General Education requirements.

Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum

Illinois State University is a participant in the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum, which is transferable among more than 100 participating colleges or universities in Illinois.  All colleges and universities participating in this agree to accept a “package” of general education courses in lieu of their own comparable lower-division general education requirements.  To be eligible for IAI, at least one transfer course must have been articulated to an IAI core requirement.  Transfer students who have satisfactorily completed at least one course within the Illinois Transferable General Education Core are allowed to complete this program by enrolling in approved IAI courses at Illinois State University.  Students should note, however, that IAI course availability is quite limited.   

Determining Satisfactory Academic Performance

Completion Outcome

Complete

Undergraduate coursework must be successfully completed with at least a grade of “D” to be eligible for evaluation and the award of university transfer credit.  However, certain courses may require a higher grade (e.g. required for major or general education) and the student would need to repeat the course for the higher grade.  Transfer grades are not used in determining the Illinois State University grade point average.

Audit

University transfer credit is not awarded for coursework that was audited.

Incomplete

University transfer credit is not awarded for coursework that has not been completed (e.g. given a grade of “I”).

Withdrawn

University transfer credit is not awarded for coursework with withdrawal grades (e.g. grades of “W”, “WP”, “WF”).

Completed Course Performance

Pass

Transfer courses in which the student earned a passing grade are eligible for evaluation and university transfer credit may be awarded.

Non-Pass

Transfer courses in which the student was awarded a non-passing grade (e.g. F/Fail, U/Unsatisfactory, NC/No Credit) are not eligible for evaluation or the award of university transfer credit.

Passing Performance Level

Coursework that is considered acceptable for undergraduate transfer credit and in which a grade of “D” or higher has been earned is eligible to be evaluated and awarded university transfer credit.

Coursework that has been awarded a non-standard passing grade (e.g. “P”/Pass; “CR”/Credit; “CT”/Credit; “S”/Satisfactory) is eligible to be evaluated and awarded university transfer credit.  

Additional Ways Students May Obtain Credit

Credit by Examination or proficiency

Students may receive credit by examination through the following programs:  College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General Examinations, Departmental Proficiency Examinations, CLEP Subject Examinations, Advanced Placement Program, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.  Students are advised to plan their coursework and examination attempts carefully, because they may not receive credit by examination for a course in which they have been enrolled in on the tenth day of classes.

Advanced Placement Credit

Advanced Placement Credit may be awarded depending on the score received.  Appropriate scores and credit are listed in the undergraduate catalog.  Official scores should be requested from Advanced Placement Exams, Box 6671, Princeton, NJ 085041-6671 and sent to Illinois State University for evaluation.  Illinois State University’s identification number is 1319.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Illinois State University grants up to 18 semester hours for credit earned through CLEP.  Examinations should be taken prior to enrollment in classes at the university.   All CLEP credit shall be considered lower division credit.  CLEP credit will not be awarded when a student has previously earned course credit in the same area.  Courses approved for credit under the CLEP program appear in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Students may take the CLEP Examinations at Illinois State at times scheduled by the University Testing Office or any CLEP Open Test center.  A student who takes the CLEP examinations is responsible for the cost of the examination.

Proficiency Examination Credit

Departmental Proficiency Examinations are offered in in a limited number of courses.  The purpose of the examinations is to allow students to receive credit for knowledge acquired previously and allow students to enroll in more advanced courses or to add breadth to their academic programs.  Proficiency Examinations are optional and recommended only for students who are unusually skilled in the discipline in which the examination is taken.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Students with appropriate scores from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program may be awarded proficiency credit as indicated in the Undergraduate Catalog.  Students should have scores sent to the Office of the University Registrar at Illinois State University.

State Seal of Biliterarcy

Illinois State University also accepts the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to LAN 111 in the languages currently offered at the university.  When the seal is granted in a language not offered at Illinois State, four (4) credit hours of lower division foreign language elective will be awarded.  In all cases, students must request course credit for their seal within 3 academic years after graduating from high school.

Evaluation of Experiential Learning

Illinois State University does not currently award transfer credit for experiential learning.

Military Education Programs

Students who have served or are serving in the United States military are eligible for academic credit.  Credit may be given per American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations listed in the Military Course Completion section of a Joint Services Transcript.  Credit will be accepted for DANTES subject standardized exams, as well a military CLEP credit that falls within the University CLEP guidelines. 

To receive credit for military service, students must present evidence of military training such as a copy of their DD-214, a  Joint Services Transcript or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript.

Appeals

Appeal Submitted by Student

If a student wishes to challenge the application of the transfer policy, the appeal must be submitted in writing to the University Registrar, Campus Box 2202, Normal, IL, 61790-2202.

Appeal Submitted by Institution

If an institution wishes to challenge the application of the transfer policy, the appeal must be submitted in writing to the University Registrar, Campus Box 2202, Normal, IL, 61790-2202.

Resources

Website Addresses

Initiating body: Office of the Provost

Contact: Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, (309-438-2187)

Revised: 02/17


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