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Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing

Transcripts are evaluated for curricular students only. Credit will be awarded for courses that are equivalent to RCC courses and relevant to the student’s curricula program at RCC. Advanced standing is a student’s administrative placement which allows credit based upon previous academic study or occupational experience. 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.” Official college or university transcripts should be submitted to the admissions and records office for evaluation.

AP (The Advanced Placement Program)

This program allows students to pursue college-level studies while still in secondary schools. College credit is granted for scores of 3 or higher. Official AP scores should be submitted to the admissions and records office for evaluation.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

These examinations are developed by the Educational Testing Service for general as well as specific content areas. Students who score at or above the minimum level suggested by the American Council of Education (ACE) will receive credit appropriate to that course. Official CLEP scores should be submitted to the admissions and records office 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 ACE. Official DANTES scores should be submitted to the admissions and records office for evaluation.

DSST

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. Official DSST scores should be submitted to the admissions and records office for evaluation.

Military Service

Credit may be allowed for Armed Service School experiences if this credit is recommended in “A Guide to Armed Services” produced by ACE. Official ACE transcripts and discharge papers (DD-214) should be submitted to the admissions and records office 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

The student should submit evidence of other formal learning experiences to the admissions and records office for evaluation. These experiences might include police academies, American Institute of Banking courses, or industrial training programs. 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).

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.

This page was reviewed on June 11, 2013, updated on June 3, 2013. If you are looking for previous catalog information, please reference the 2008-2010 Catalog, 2010-2012 Catalog, or 2013-2014 Catalog.

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