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Comprehensive Standards 3.4.8

The institution awards academic credit for course work taken on a noncredit basis only when there is documentation that the noncredit course work is equivalent to a designated credit experience. (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 grants academic credit for noncredit coursework in three situations. First, CFCC grants academic credit for noncredit coursework if a student provides proper documentation of successful completion of military training courses in the United States Armed Forces, a practice based on recommendations from the American Council on Education. CFCC has provided the Guide to Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Forces for support. Secondly, CFCC grants academic credit for noncredit coursework in selected courses if a student successfully completes a CFCC proficiency examination. CFCC has provided the application for and information concerning this exam for support. Finally, CFCC grants academic credit for noncredit coursework if a student has successfully completed a nationally recognized standardized test, such as Advanced Placement Examination, the College-Level Examination Program, and Dante’s Subject Standardized Tests. CFCC has provided information on each exam it recognizes for the awarding of credit.

Narrative

Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) provides specific requirements for granting academic credit for course work taken on a noncredit basis. There are three ways students may be awarded academic credit under these requirements.

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).

Students who are currently enrolled may request credit by proficiency for selected courses. Students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination encompassing the course content (Credit by Proficiency pg 16). The request for taking a proficiency examination is initiated by the student with the registrar’s office and approved by the appropriate department chair (Request for Credit by Proficiency Examination Form).

To ensure course equivalency, CFCC only accepts nationally recognized standardized tests when awarding academic credit. Students may receive academic credit based on Advanced Placement Examination (Advanced Placement pg 16) and an examination under the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP pg 16). Official scores submitted from the testing agency (College Board) are reviewed by counseling staff and appropriate course credit is awarded based on the score and the student’s program of study. Credit may also be awarded for Dante’s Subject Standardized Tests with submission of official scores (DSST).

Documentation

Source Location

Guide to the Evaluation of Education
Experiences in the Armed Services,

American Council on Education Website

militaryguidesonline.pdf

Credit by Proficiency,
CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (pg 16)

CATALOG.pdf

Request for Credit by Proficiency
Examination Form,

Registrar’s Office

credit_by_proficiency.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
College Board,
College Board Website
collegeboardweb.pdf
DSST,
Dante’s Subject Standardized Tests Website
dsstweb.pdf

 

 

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