Advanced standing is a student’s administrative placement which allows credit based upon previous academic study or occupational experience. Credit will be awarded for courses that are equivalent to RCC courses and relevant to the student’s curricula program at RCC. Transcripts are evaluated for curricular students only. No more than 75% of a degree or certificate may be earned through transfer credit or advanced standing credit. Awarded credit is added to the student’s permanent record, but is not used for computation of the grade point average and does not carry a letter grade.
At RCC, opportunities for obtaining college credits are available through the following means:
Transfer Credit: Coursework transferred to RCC must represent collegiate coursework applicable to the student’s program, with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in RCC curricula. Collegiate coursework from regionally accredited institutions typically meets the above criteria. No credit will be given for courses with grades lower than “C.” Courses in the sciences and technologies taken more than ten years ago will not be accepted for transfer credit. Official college or university transcripts should be submitted to the admissions and records office for evaluation.
The College accepts international transcript credit only after the student has an official transcript sent to the College that is printed in English or has been translated into English and evaluated for course-by-course credit by an international credit evaluation agency before submitting it to the College. The cost of the evaluation is the responsibility of the student. RCC accepts evaluations from World Education Services (www.wes.org), Global Credential Evaluators (http://gceus.com), the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (www.aacrao.org), or other professional organizations or agencies approved by the Virginia Department of Education and listed as a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluators.
AP (The Advanced Placement Program)
The Advanced Placement Program (AP) allows students to pursue college-level studies while still in secondary schools. College credit is granted for scores of 3 or higher. Students should request an official score report be sent from the College Board (https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores) to the admissions & records office on either campus for evaluation.
CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a credit-by-examination program, sponsored by the College Board, which gives students the opportunity to earn college credit by earning qualifying scores on exams. Students who score at or above the minimum level suggested by the American Council of Education (ACE) will receive credit appropriate to that course. Students should request an official score report be sent from the College Board (http://clep.collegeboard.org/about/score) to the admissions & records office on either campus for evaluation.
DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support)
Credit may be granted for successful completion of correspondence courses and subject standardized tests (SST) of the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES), formerly the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI). These subject area standardized tests provide service members an opportunity to obtain credit for knowledge and skills acquired through non-traditional educational experience. Credit granted is based on the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE). Students should request an official score report be sent from the DANTES (http://www.dantes.doded.mil/service-members/transcripts/index.html) to the admissions & records office on either campus for evaluation.
DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
Credit may be granted for successful completion of subject examinations taken through DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests). These subject area exams provide students an opportunity to obtain credit for prior learning through non-traditional educational experience. The DSST program is approved by the American Council of Education (ACE). Students who score at or above the minimum level recommended by ACE will receive credit appropriate to that course. Students should request an official score report be sent from the DSST (http://getcollegecredit.com) to the admissions & records office on either campus for evaluation.
Credit may be awarded for military training and experience as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines if the credits fit into the student’s specific curriculum. Students should request an official Joint Services Transcript (https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do) or The Community College of the Air Force Transcript (www.au.af.mil) be sent to the admissions & records office on either campus for evaluation.
Local Challenge Examinations
Examinations locally prepared and administered for subjects not available in the CLEP program may be utilized for a variety of courses at RCC. Specific course credit will be granted for each such local challenge exam successfully completed. For more information, contact the campus dean who is responsible for courses in the appropriate discipline.
Other Formal Learning Experiences
Credit may be granted, as a means of achieving advanced standing, for previous non-collegiate education, training, and/or previous occupational experiences as recommended by the American Council of Education (ACE).The student should submit official evidence of other formal learning experiences to the admissions and records office for evaluation. These experiences might include criminal justice academies.
In all of the above areas, neither grades nor grade points will be awarded for successful completion of the subject matter. An appropriate notation will be placed next to the course title on the student’s transcript. Students who plan to transfer to other institutions of higher education are cautioned that not all institutions of higher education accept credits earned in this manner as transfer credit. It is the student’s responsibility to determine the acceptability of these credits at the institution being considered for transfer.