Transfer of Credit and Advanced Academic Standing

Depending upon the program of study, entering students may be awarded transfer credit or advanced standing for previous academic coursework, standardized credit through examination and previous military experience evaluated by the American Council on Education for academic credit. ECPI University does not accept experiential credit earned through work or non-academic training for transfer academic credit.

It may be necessary for students to forfeit some previously earned credit in the transfer process since college programs vary and programs outcomes may be modified. ECPI University makes no promise of acceptance of credits from or to other institutions.

ECPI University requires that a student complete a minimum of 25% of their program of study at the University in order to receive the degree or diploma.

Academic Coursework. ECPI University welcomes applicants who have started their postsecondary academic programs at other schools and who have satisfactorily completed coursework that is applicable to the University’s academic programs. The University has established the following policy and procedures to ensure that appropriate academic experience is considered for applicable transfer credit. Official transcripts must be received directly from the former institution within a student's first semester or no transfer credits are granted. In rare situations, with the approval of the Campus Director of Academic Affairs or his/her designee, an exception to the timeline may be granted.

Transfer of Credit Procedures. Any student who wishes to have their previous academic coursework considered for transfer credit must provide the Campus Director of Academic Affairs with a written request or the Transcript Evaluation Form on or before the first day of the first term in which the student commences enrollment at ECPI. The letter must be accompanied by a signed Request for Official Transcripts form and any fees required by the issuing institutions. The Campus Director of Academic Affairs will review the request with faculty, as necessary, to determine the transfer credit award. The University will consider the following academic coursework for transfer credit.

Coursework from Regionally Accredited Schools. The coursework from a regionally accredited school are applied toward completion of the student’s program as transfer credit. The University will consider coursework for transfer courses in which the student achieved a C or better as the final grade, that were completed within the past ten years, and that are established to be equivalent in content and objectives to courses offered at the University. Applicants who have previously earned an associate’s, baccalaureate degree, or diploma may request an evaluation to determine general education credit transfer without a time limitation.

Transfer credit is counted as both hours attempted and hours completed within the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Transfer credit does not hold any qualitative points. Therefore, transfer credit is not included in the calculation of the grade-point average for the purpose of determining a student CGPA or the CGPA requirement of the satisfactory academic progress.

Course work from Nationally Accredited and non-regionally accredited CHEA Recognized Schools. Credit for courses from nationally accredited institutions and CHEA recognized schools which are substantially equivalent in content to ECPI University courses and are applicable to an applicant's program of study may be granted on a course-by-course basis. Transfer credits are granted only for courses in which a grade of C or higher was earned (2.0 on a 4.0 scale). Courses graded on a pass/fail can be considered for transfer credit if there is documentation that the passing grade is equivalent to a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The coursework accepted from non-regionally accredited or non-CHEA recognized institutions are applied toward completion of student’s program as advanced standing credit. Advanced standing credits reduce the overall timeframe for program completion. Advanced standing credit does not hold any qualitative points. Therefore, advanced standing credit is not included in the calculation of the CGPA for the purpose of determining a student’s satisfactory academic progress.

Technical Coursework, regardless of accreditation. For technical coursework, regardless of accreditation, applicants may seek advanced academic standing for technical courses through faculty assessments that involve demonstrations of knowledge, proficiency, and skill. Faculty members determine what program goals have been achieved by applicants and the comparability to course learning objectives. In lieu of faculty assessments, applicants may take Challenge Examinations, and study guides are available to assist in the preparation for testing.

Upon successful completion of assessments, technical coursework is assigned advanced standing credit toward the completion of a student’s program. These advanced standing credits are not counted as hours attempted nor as hours completed within the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Advanced standing credit does not hold any qualitative points. Therefore, advanced standing credit is not included in the calculation of the grade-point average for the purpose of determining a student’s satisfactory academic progress.

ServSafe Certification. Students pursuing a degree or diploma within the School of Culinary Arts may apply for advanced standing credit for ServSafe Certification.  The student must have completed formal sanitation training and received a ServSafe® Food Handler Certification from the National Restaurant Association within two years of expected start date of the program and apply for advanced standing prior to matriculation.    Students who meet this requirement will be given advanced standing credit for CAA 115 Kitchen Essentials.  Students who receive this advanced standing may be required to demonstrate the knowledge, proficiency, and skill required in the course.  The Advanced standing credit will be awarded to the student’s transcript upon successful  completion of the pre- or co-requisites of the course. 

Advanced standing credits reduce the overall timeframe for program completion. Advanced standing credit does not hold any qualitative points and, therefore, is not included in the calculation of the CGPA for the purpose of determining a student’s satisfactory academic progress.

Coursework from International Institutions. Upon receipt of an official transcript, transfer credits from non-U.S. colleges/universities are evaluated and granted on a course equivalency basis. The Campus Director of Academic Affairs or his/her designee must receive an evaluation of official transcripts by a credential evaluation organization which is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) (see www.naces.org) attesting that the courses are equivalent to courses earned at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Transfer credits are granted only for courses in which a grade of C or higher was earned (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).

The coursework from international institutions are assigned a transfer credit grade and are accepted toward completion of student’s program. Transfer credits from international institutions are not counted as hours attempted nor as hours completed within the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Transfer credit grades do not hold any qualitative points. Therefore, transfer credits are not included in the calculation of the grade-point average for the purpose of determining a student’s satisfactory academic progress.

Prior to granting transfer of credit for any course, the University reserves the right to test applicants or request that they successfully pass an examination administered by an ECPI University faculty member.

Please see the Tuition and Fee Schedule for applicable charges for the evaluation of transfer credit. Any fees paid to ECPI University for the evaluation of transfer credits do not imply that any or all of the courses will be accepted for transfer into the ECPI University program.

Credit through Examination. Standardized testing credit is accepted only for commonly administered and accepted tests such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP), ACT Proficiency Examination Program and the Regents’ College Examination.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Test Course/Credits Required Test Score

American Literature

Humanities requirement (3 semester credits)

 

 Analyzing & Interpreting Literature

 Humanities requirement (3 semester credits)

 

Biology

BIO122 (3 semester credits)

 

Business Law, Introductory

BUS223 or BUS225 (3 semester credits)

 

 Pre-calculus  MTH200 (3 semester credits)  

Calculus

MTH220 (3 semester credits)

 

Chemistry CHM115 (3 semester credits)  

College Algebra

MTH120, MTH122, or MTH131 (3 semester credits)

 

College Mathematics

MTH120 or MTH122 (3 semester credits)

 

College Composition

ENG110 and ENG120 (6 semester credits)

For CLEP General and Subjects exams that are administered electronically through computer based testing, a minimum score of 50 is required to receive transfer credit.

English Literature

Humanities requirement (3 semester credits)

 

History of U.S. I or II

Humanities requirement (3 semester credits)

 

Human Growth and Development   PSY106 or PSy108 (1 semester credit)  

Humanities

HUM205 (3 semester credits)

 

Information Systems & Computer Applications

IST120 (3 semester credits)

 

Introductory Psychology

PSY 105 (3 semester credits)

 

Introductory Sociology

SOC100 (3 semester credits)

 

Natural Sciences

BIO122 (3 semester credits) or PHY120 (3 semester credits)

 

Principles of Accounting I

ACC160 (3 semester credits)

 

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECO201 (3 semester credits)

 

Principles of Management

BUS122 (3 semester credits)

 

Principles of Microeconomics

ECO202 (3 semester credits)


Western Civilization I or II   HUM205 (3 semester credits)  

DSST (formerly DANTES) Credit Awards

Test Course/Credits Required Test Score
Criminal Justice CJ100 (3 semester credits) 49+
Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet BIO122 (3 semester credits 46+
Fundamentals of College Algebra MTH131 (3 semester credits) 47+
Human Resource Management BUS211 (3 semester credits) 46+
Human/Cultural Geography HUM205 (3 semester credits) 48+
Introduction to Business BUS122 (3 semester credits) 46+
Introduction to Modern Middle East  HUM205 ( 3 semester credits)  47+ 
Introduction to World Religions  HUM205 (3 semester credits)  48/400+ 
Lifespan Developmental Psychology PSY 106/108 (1 semester credit) 46+
Management Information Systems BUS331 (3 semester credits) 46+
Principles of Financial Accounting ACC161 (2 semester credits 46+
Principles of Physical Science I  PHY120 (3 semester credits)  47+
Principles of Public Speaking COM110 (3 semester credits) 47+
Principles of Finance BUS350 (3 semester credits) 46+
Principles of Statistics MTH140 (3 semester credits) 48+

College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

Test Course/Credits Required Test Score
Art History Humanities requirement (3 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5
Biology BIO122 or BIO122L (3 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5
Calculus                      MTH200 or MTH210 (3 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5
Chemistry CHM115 or CHM115L (3 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5
English Language and Composition ENG110 and ENG120 (6 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5
Statistics  MTH140 (3 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5
Calculus AB MTH220 (3 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5
Calculus BC MTH320 (3 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5
English Literature and Composition Humanities requirement (3 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5
Environmental Science BIO1222 and BIO122L (4 semester credits) 5
European History, U.S. History, or World History Humanities requirement (3 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5
Physics B (Physics 1 and 2 beginning in 2014)      PHY120 and PHY120L (4 semester credit) 3, 4, or 5
Psychology PSY105 (3 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5
Principles of Macroeconomics ECO201 (3 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5
Principles of Microeconomics ECO202 (3 semester credits) 3, 4, or 5

 

Excelsior College Examinations (ECE)

Test Course/Credits Required Test Score
 Interpersonal Communications (417) COM115 (3 semester credits)   
 Introduction to Microeconomics (257) ECP202 (3 semester credits)   All ECE
 Introduction to Macroeconomics (258) ECO201 (3 semester credits)   examinations require
 English Composition (433) ENG110   a grade of 'C'
 English Composition (434) ENG120   to earn credit.
 World Conflicts since 1900 (367) Humanities requirement   

Process for Credit by Examination. The award of credit by examination for these types of standardized tests will be reviewed and awarded based on the learning outcomes of the tests in relationship to ECPI’s courses. The student will receive notice of the total amount of transfer credit awarded.

ECPI University will accept a maximum of 15 semester credits of standardized testing credits into an associate’s program and a maximum of 30 semester credit hours of standardized testing credit into a bachelor’s degree program. Any examination credit will be listed on the student’s transcript and will not be removed once the credit has been recorded. See Tuition and Fee Schedule for applicable charges.

Military Experience and Training. Service members may apply credits earned through the assessment of prior college-level learning and national testing programs to complete an undergraduate degree even sooner. Applicants who wish to have their military experience and training evaluated for college credit should submit copies of appropriate forms to the Student Records Coordinator’s office. Credit will be applied to a degree program upon the approval of the Campus Director of Academic Affairs or his/her designee.

American Council on Education (ACE) credits. The American Council on Education (ACE) was created in 1942 to recognize the educational value of military training and experience. Since that time ACE has continuously evaluated military schools, correspondence courses and occupations to determine the amount and level of academic credit each should be awarded. Through ACE, academic credit may be available for most of the military training received, including Basic Training. The ACE military evaluations program is funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) and coordinated through DANTES. Visit the ACE Military Programs website, http://militaryguides.acenet.edu for more information.

The first step to claiming the credits is a formal request for a transcript from the appropriate military service. Each military service will provide unofficial personal copies and send to ECPI an official copy of the transcript at no charge. Each service branch has their own system for recording military education and experience credits:

Army.  The Army uses the AARTS system, which automatically captures academic credits from military training and standardized tests. The AARTS system is available to enlisted soldiers only.   Army Officers must use the form DD 295 (Application for Evaluation of Learning) to report their military training and experience.

Navy and Marine Corps. The Navy and Marine Corps use the SMART system. This system automatically captures training, experience and standardized test scores. The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) automatically captures training, experience and standardized test scores. Transcript information may be viewed at the CCAF web site.

Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Institute (CGI) requires each service member to submit documentation of all training (except correspondence course records), along with an enrollment form, to receive a transcript.

Under most circumstances, veterans are eligible to use their former service branch’s transcript program. However, if the applicant is not eligible for AARTS, SMART, CCAF, or CGI systems, he/she will need to fill out form DD-295 and provide his/her DD-214 Discharge Document to receive credit for the experience.

ACE recommended credits will be used to fulfill program and elective requirements; however, the University reserves the right to determine the number of credits that will be accepted, and how those credits will be applied toward the degree.

Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE).   ECPI University offers courses through the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) to students who meet Navy eligibility criteria for participation and who have earned a high school diploma or a GED. Students taking NCPACE courses with ECPI are granted provisional admission status. The student may be formally accepted into the University based on a satisfactory academic performance review by the Campus Director of Academic Affairs or his/her designee and completion of the remaining portions of the normal admissions process. If a student becomes ineligible to continue in the NCPACE program, the student may apply to attend the University online and/or on campus following the normal admissions process.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges. ECPI University is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of national higher education associations that function in cooperation with the Department of Defense, the military services (including the National Guard), and the Coast Guard to help meet the voluntary higher education needs of service members. Working in cooperation with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, this consortium includes more than 1,900 participating SOC colleges and universities that have agreed to accept for admission new Army and Army Reserves recruits at the time of their enlistment in the service. Applicants should contact the designated veterans certifying official at the campus for further information on participation and eligibility.

Veterans Administration Benefits. ECPI University campuses are approved for training of veterans and eligible veterans’ dependents. Each student who is eligible for and desires to receive veterans’ educational benefits must provide ECPI with the student's military discharge document DD214 prior to the first scheduled class in the first term of the student's enrollment. Official transcript(s) for all previous postsecondary education must be received and evaluated within the first semester in order to continue to certify veterans benefits per the Veteran's Administration. If a student who is eligible to receive and desires to use veterans’ educational benefits at ECPI attempts to retake a course that was previously taken and passed at another eligible post-secondary educational institution, veterans’ educations benefits will be denied for that course.

Applicants should contact each campus directly for further information.

Financial Aid Implications of Transfer Credit. Students who are awarded transfer credit or advanced standing may experience one or more terms in which the student’s status, for the purposes of financial aid, may change, and the corresponding amount of financial aid may be reduced due to the decreased number of hours scheduled. Prior to requesting credit transfer, advanced standing, or challenge examinations, students should discuss the potential financial aid implications of achieving advanced standing with a financial aid advisor.

Appeal Process for Academic Credit Decisions. If a student’s request for previous academic coursework, standardized credit through examination and/or previous military experience evaluated by the American Council on Education for academic credit is denied, the student may appeal the denial and request and Academic Review Board. The written appeal must include the student’s reasons for the appeal and must be submitted to the Campus President within 10 calendar days of the notification date. The Academic Review Board will consist of the Campus Director of Academic Affairs or his/her designee and two faculty members who will review the request for appeal; the appeal decision is final.