CATALOG: Transfer Credit
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 GPA and does not carry a letter grade.
At RCC, opportunities for obtaining college credits are available through the following means:
Coursework may be accepted for transfer credit if taken at an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting agency. 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. No credit will be given for courses with grades lower than “C.” Courses in technology 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.
RCC accepts international transcript credit only after the student has an official transcript sent to RCC 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, Global Credential Evaluators, the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers, 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 to the Admissions & Records Office on either campus for evaluation.
IB (The International Baccalaureate Program)
The International Baccalaureate® (IB), and the Diploma Programme (DP) in particular, offer advanced level courses for students during the last two years of high school. The courses are available as HL (Higher Level) and SL (Standard Level). As per VCCS guidelines, RCC will grant credit for a score 4 or higher for Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, a score of 5 or higher for Standard Level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Students should request an official score report be sent from the International Baccalaureate Organization 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 50 or higher on CLEP courses will receive credit appropriate to that course. Students should request an official score report be sent from the College Board 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 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 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 or The Community College of the Air Force Transcript 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 academic 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 Admissions & Records Office for evaluation. An example would be experiences from 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.
For additional information, please contact the College Registrar for a copy of the Advanced Standing and Transfer Guide.
RCC attempts to keep students informed regarding individual academic standing. Students will be notified of academic deficiency. The college provides academic advising and coaching services to help students increase their effectiveness in meeting academic standards and to graduate.
Students failing to achieve satisfactory progress will be notified by the Dean of Student Development and encouraged to consult a counselor for assistance. Consistently poor grades will result in an academic warning, probation, suspension, or dismissal from the college. The circumstances under which these actions may be taken are described below:
- Good Standing:
Students are considered to be in “good academic standing” if they maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 per semester, are eligible to re-enroll at the college, and are not on academic suspension or dismissal status.
- Academic Warning:
Students who fail to attain a minimum GPA of 2.00 for any semester will be placed on academic warning. Students on academic warning are encouraged to consult with a college counselor and take advantage of academic support services provided by RCC.
- Academic Probation:
Students who fail to maintain a cumulative GPA of 1.5 will be placed on academic probation until such time as their cumulative average is 1.75 or better. The statement “Academic Probation” will be placed on the students’ permanent record. Students shall be placed on probation only after 12 semester credit hours have been attempted. Students on academic probation are ineligible for appointive or elective office in student organizations unless special permission is granted by the Dean of Student Development or another appropriate college administrator. Students on probation may be required to carry less than the normal course load the following semester and will be required to consult with a college counselor and to take advantage of academic support services provided by RCC.
- Academic Suspension:
Students on academic probation who fail to attain a semester GPA of 1.5 or better will be placed on academic suspension only after attempting 24 semester credit hours. Academic suspension will be for one semester. The statement “Academic Suspension” will be placed on the students’ permanent records. Students who have been informed that they are on academic suspension may immediately submit a Student Admission Appeal Form to the Admissions and Records Office to be reviewed by the Dean of Student Development for reconsideration of their cases. The dean will utilize, as appropriate, the Student Affairs Committee in reviewing any such appeals. Otherwise, suspended students may be readmitted after termination of the suspension period and upon formal written request to the Dean of Student Development or the College Registrar.
- Reinstatement after Academic Suspension:
Students reinstated from academic suspension must achieve a 2.00 GPA for the semester of their reinstatement and must earn at least a 1.75 GPA in each subsequent semester of attendance. The statement “Subject to Dismissal” will be placed on the students’ permanent records. Students reinstated from academic suspension will remain “Subject to Dismissal” until their cumulative GPA is 1.75 or better. Reinstated students may be required to carry less than a normal course load the following semester and will be required to consult with a college counselor and take advantage of academic support services provided by RCC.
- Academic Dismissal:
Students who are suspended or dismissed from other educational institutions should use these procedures to request admission and enrollment at RCC.
Last modified on 09-26-2018