A student often enters Urbana University with a variety of learning experiences and is interested in translating that learning into University credit. The assessment of academic credit from non-traditional means provides opportunity for a student to advance his or her degree program by translating that learning into University credit. No evaluation of academic credits through traditional or non-traditional avenues will be completed unless the student is currently enrolled in at least one course. Among the avenues a student may explore are:
College Level Equivalency Examinations: Advanced Placement
Urbana University participates in the Advanced Placement Program for secondary schools. The amount of credit awarded will be determined by the Office of the Registrar working with the appropriate college dean according to the following guidelines.
- The official evaluation of credit will be completed once the student has registered for courses, has completed the appropriate credit application, and has met all financial obligations to the University. Credit will appear on the student's transcript with a notation of “AP” and will be treated as transfer credit.
- The final score in the Advanced Placement Program examination must be 3 or better.
- No more than 15 semester hours of credit may be earned through the Advanced Placement Program. Additional credit may be awarded by petition to the dean of assessment & academic quality
- Advanced Placement Program credits may not be applied toward the Urbana University residency requirement.
Advanced Placement Examination: CLEP/DANTES
Urbana University awards credit for the College Level Examination Program based on scores earned. The amount of credit is determined by the Office of the Registrar working with the appropriate college dean according to the following guidelines:
- The official evaluation of credit will be completed once the student has officially registered for classes, has completed the appropriate credit application, and has met all financial obligations to the University. Credit awarded in this manner will be treated as transfer credit with an appropriate CLEP designation. The academic advisor will determine how such credits apply to the student’s program of study.
- No more than 15 semester hours of CLEP and DANTES general/subject examination credits may be applied toward credit hours needed for graduation. General examination credit is awarded provided the tests are passed at the score level equivalent to at least a “C.”
- Subject examinations may be applied toward specific degree requirements. Prior approval of the Registrar’s Office must be obtained before subject examinations may be considered for specific degree requirements. Subject examinations must be passed at the ACE recommended minimum passing score of “C.”
- College Level Examinations Program credits may not be applied toward the Urbana University residency requirement.
- In general, no more than 15 total hours in the CLEP/DANTES programs may be awarded.
Students who have been registered for one or more courses at another regionally accredited college or university must have an official transcript sent from each college or university previously attended. The registrar will evaluate each transcript received and determine which course or courses will be accepted as transfer credit. Technical coursework may be considered for transfer provided the coursework is appropriate to a liberal arts education. The evaluation of this credit is completed by the Registrar’s Office and is final. Evaluation of transfer credit is not recorded on the academic record until the person is actively enrolled as a degree candidate at Urbana University. Graduate credit is not applicable toward an undergraduate degree.
Transfer Policy for Associate of Applied Science Graduates
Individual courses will be assessed in relation to the university’s core and graduation requirements. Any transfer courses that fulfill core and major requirements will be noted on the transfer evaluation and posted on the students’ transcripts.
Credit For Life Experience: Credit By Examination
A student who can demonstrate ability and knowledge in a particular subject area may earn credit for certain courses through the Credit by Examination option. This process is administered through the appropriate college and the Office of the Registrar, according to the following policies:
- A student must have applied for admission, been accepted as a degree candidate, and paid the appropriate fees before taking a proficiency examination.
- A student must have completed at least 15 semester hours of residence course work with Urbana University prior to the application.
- A student must have completed all necessary prerequisites before taking a proficiency examination and must be registered for at least one course at the time of testing.
- A student must obtain division approval before taking a proficiency examination.
Exceptions to this rule are made at the discretion of the college dean.
- A student is permitted to challenge a course only once and may not challenge a course of previous or current enrollment. All evaluation decisions of the college are final and are not subject to appeal.
- A student will be awarded a final grade of “EP” and the hours will be counted as hours toward graduation. All entries on the official transcript will be clearly noted as earned through the Credit by Examination program.
- Formal application for Credit by Examination must be made to the Office of the Registrar who will certify eligibility to sit for the examination. Examinations are administered during the seventh week of the Fall and Spring semesters and only after all fees are paid.
- No more than 15 semester hours of credit may be earned through this program.
- Credit by Examination fees are non-refundable.
- Credit by Examination credits may not be applied toward the Urbana University residency requirement.