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Comprehensive Standards 3.4.4

The institution has a defined and published policy for evaluating, awarding, and accepting credit for transfer, experiential learning, advanced placement, and professional certificates that is consistent with its mission and ensures that course work and learning outcomes are at the collegiate level and comparable to the institution’s own degree programs. The institution assumes responsibility for the academic quality of any course work or credit recorded on the institution’s transcript. (Educational Programs Standards for All Educational Programs) (Includes all on-campus, off-campus, and distance learning programs)

compliance

Summary

Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) demonstrates compliance with this comprehensive standard. CFCC publishes its policies on evaluating, awarding, and accepting credits, other than those obtained through coursework at CFCC, in the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook which is published in hardcopy and online.

CFCC students may receive transfer credit from coursework completed at regionally accredited institutions and from passing nationally recognized standard exams. The College follows strict guidelines on the acceptance and evaluation of transcripts and test scores. These guidelines are clearly defined in the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook.

CFCC offers students opportunities to earn academic credit in some subjects through the CFCC Credit by Proficiency exam as well as nationally recognized college-level exams. CFCC also offers cooperative education courses in many of the applied science degree programs. Information and guidelines for all these learning opportunities is provided in the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook.

CFCC also honors the North Carolina High School to Community College Articulation Agreement, which allows students to receive college credit for certain classes taken in high school. CFCC has provided this articulation agreement as well as information from the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook for support.

Narrative

Cape Fear Community College’s policies on evaluating, awarding, and accepting credits, other than those obtained through coursework at CFCC, are published in the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook, available in hardcopy and on the College website. As part of CFCC’s mission to focus on vocational, technical and pre-baccalaureate programs (CFCC Mission Statement), students are allowed to transfer in credits from other regionally accredited educational institutions, as well as receive credit for passing certain nationally recognized standardized tests. CFCC counselors are responsible for ensuring that any accepted course work and learning outcomes are at the collegiate level and comparable to CFCC’s degree programs. All transcripts and test scores must be received either by mail or hand-delivery in the original, sealed envelope directly from the awarding institution or agency (General Admissions Process pg 7). By accepting only official transcripts and test scores, CFCC takes responsibility for the academic quality of any course work or credit recorded on the College’s transcript.

CFCC’s general admissions process states, “Official college transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions of higher education previously attended must be submitted to CFCC” (Official College Transcripts pg 7). Counselors evaluate each transcript and award credit only for those courses that students have received a grade of “C” or higher, and compare in content, quality and hours to courses offered at CFCC (Admission of Transfer Students pg 4). Credits transferred from other institutions are denoted on the student’s CFCC transcript as “TR” (Transfer).

Although CFCC does not award credit for previous experience, professional certificates or training (Experiential Learning pg 17), there are several ways a student can receive credit for non-course work. One method is by successfully passing a CFCC Credit by Proficiency exam (Credit by Proficiency pg 16) offered only for selected courses. Students receive credit for the course as a “CR” (Credit for Record). Another method is Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations, offered by the College Entrance Examination Board to students prior to graduating from high school. Credit is given to students who receive scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP tests (Advanced Placement pg 16). College credits may also be awarded to students who have satisfactorily passed a College Level Examination Program® or CLEP exam. Students may take the exam(s) at any national testing center and submit official test scores to the CFCC Counseling office for possible credit and proper placement (CLEP-College Level Examination Program pg 16).

Academic credit for military training courses taken while in the United States Armed Forces may be awarded upon receipt of proper documentation showing successful completion of the training. Counseling staff reviews documentation and awards credit based on recommendations from the American Council on Education (Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services).

CFCC students, enrolled in many of the Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree programs, gain viable work experience outside the classroom through Cooperative Education (Co-op). Students wanting to enroll in “Co-op Work Experience” must meet the student qualifications and complete the application process as described in the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (Cooperative Education pg 16). Students who successfully complete a co-op placement receive college credit as a major course requirement or an elective, depending on the program of study. Information on Cooperative Education and the A.A.S. degree programs that include co-op can be found on the CFCC website (Cooperative Education Program).

CFCC also honors the North Carolina High School to Community College Articulation Agreement (Articulation Agreement). This agreement allows CFCC students to receive college credit for certain classes taken in high school. Eligible courses are listed in appendices A through G of the agreement. The course(s) must be required for the student’s program of study and meet the criteria as explained in the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (Articulation Agreement Information pg 17).

 

Documentation

Source Location

CFCC Mission Statement,
Cape Fear Community College Website

cfccmission.pdf

General Admissions Process,
CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (pg 7)

CATALOG.pdf

Official College Transcript(s),
CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (pg 7)

CATALOG.pdf

Admission of Transfer Student,
CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (pg 4)

CATALOG.pdf

Experiential Learning,
CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (pg 17)
CATALOG.pdf
Credit by Proficiency,
CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (pg 16)
CATALOG.pdf
Advanced Placement,
CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (pg 16)
CATALOG.pdf
CLEP-College Level Examination Program,
CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (pg 16)
CATALOG.pdf
Guide to the Evaluation of Education
Experiences in the Armed Services,

American Council on Education Website
militaryguidesonline.pdf
Cooperative Education,
CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (pg 16)
CATALOG.pdf
Cooperative Education Program,
Cape Fear Community College Website
coopeduprog.pdf
Articulation Agreement,
North Carolina High School to
Community College Articulation Agreement,
North Carolina Public Schools Website
articulation.pdf
Articulation Agreement Information,
North Carolina High School to
Community College Articulation Agreement
CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (pg 17)
CATALOG.pdf

 

 

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