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CWUP 5-90-030 Acceptance of Transfer Credit

(1) Transfer Credit

(A) In general, it is the university's policy to accept credits earned through college and university-level courses at institutions fully accredited by their respective regional accrediting association.

(B) A student may transfer no more than 135 credits, including a maximum of 105 lower division credits to be applied to the 180-credit minimum toward graduation. Test credits (Advanced Placement, Cambridge, International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Program), military credits, and non-traditional credit contributes to the 105 lower division credit limit.

(C) Only official transcripts and official test score results will be used to evaluate credits for degree requirements.

(D) No more than 45 total quarter credits through Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge, Military or other sources of non-traditional credit may apply toward graduation requirements.

(E) Students who would like to petition their transfer equivalency may request a substitution through their academic department for major/minor requirements or file a general education petition through registrar services.

(2) Transfer Credit from Four-Year Institutions

(A) A student may transfer no more than 135 credits, including a maximum of 105 lower division credits to be applied to the 180-credit minimum toward graduation.

(B) Students who transfer from a regionally-accredited four-year institution after completing the general education at their prior four-year institution, will not be required to complete the CWU general education or foreign language requirements. Students must submit evidence of prior general education completion to registrar services upon admission.

(3) Transfer Credit from Community Colleges

(A) The university will accept a maximum of 105 community college credits. Course work exceeding that amount may be used to satisfy specific requirements but no additional credits will be accepted.

(B) A student cannot earn an associate degree and bachelor degree in the same quarter.

(C) Associate of arts degrees from a college accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in the state of Washington approved by the Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) as a direct transfer agreement (DTA) associate degree will have satisfied the general education and the foreign language requirements of a bachelor’s degree.

(D) Associate of science transfer degrees (AS-T Track 1 or 2) which are part of direct transfer agreements between CWU and Washington community colleges must meet additional general education requirements for a CWU bachelor’s degree, but will not be required to complete the foreign language requirement. (See CWUR 2-90-030(2)(D))

(E) Associate degrees that are not part of the direct transfer agreement, such as applied career and technical degrees, will not automatically satisfy the general education requirements at CWU.

(F) Academic transfer associate degrees from an accredited college outside the state of Washington may meet the general education and foreign language requirements of a bachelor’s degree. Review of the content/distribution of the associate degree is completed by a registrar services designee and recommended approval by the general education committee.

(G) Transfer students with an Associate of Applied Science degree who enter a Bachelor of Applied Science program will be considered to have met the foreign language requirements for graduation.

(4) Other Forms of Credit

The university accepts, in a manner consistent with herein-established transfer and equivalency policies, college credit earned while a student is enrolled in high school (AP, CLEP, IB, Cambridge, College in the High School, Running Start).

(A) Advanced Placement Credit. The University will grant at a minimum elective credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed with a score of three (3) or higher. Students may receive credit for advanced placement with a grade of S, depending upon the scores achieved on the College Board Advanced Placement Test (AP). Students must request that their official AP test scores be sent to registrar services at Central. Scores of 3 or better on Advanced Placement Examination will be awarded as free electives for departments without specific policy.

(B) College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students will be awarded college-level quarter credits with a grade of S for each score at the 40th percentile on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) humanities, social science/history and natural sciences examinations. These credits will meet the general education requirements in the appropriate areas. Students may also be awarded credit for subject examinations as determined by appropriate academic departments at the time of application for credit.

(C) International Baccalaureate. Central recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) program as a coherent. Challenging course of study and responds individually to each participant’s IB transcript for award of college credit. Central will grant at a minimum elective credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level exams completed with a score of four (4) or higher, with exceptions. Standards for acceptance will be established by the appropriate academic departments and listed in the official catalog. CWU recognizes the International Baccalaureate Diploma and awards up to 45 quarter credits (30 semester credits). With the receipt of a Diploma, credit will be awarded for 3 courses (15 quarter credits) and distributed evenly among the three general education breadth or knowledge areas. These credits will not be applied to lab or writing courses. An additional 30 quarter credits (20 semester credits) may be awarded in the areas of the students’ higher level subject exams with a score of 5 or higher.

(D) Cambridge International, Pearsons (Edexcel), Assessment and Qualifications Alliance and Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR). Once the student has submitted the original exam certificate directly from the exam agency, students will be awarded up to 15 quarter credits for each A-level exam with a passing grade. Up to 7.5 quarter credits will be granted for each AS-level exam with a passing grade. A satisfactory (S) grade will be posted for A-level or AS-level exams.

(E) Military Credit

(a)   Matriculated students seeking to use Veterans Affairs Educational benefits must submit official military transcripts (Joint Services Transcript or Community College of the Air Force) for evaluation.

(b) Students may receive up to 30 credits, for completion of military educational experiences as recommended by the American Council on Education. Basic training and Military Occupational Specialty courses are excluded.

(c) Military credit recommendations that are direct equivalents to CWU course offering may be articulated to that specific course with departmental approval. If direct course equivalents do not exist, elective credit will be awarded when possible.
(d) DANTES. Credit for DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) college-level academic subjects using the minimum score and credit amount as recommended by the American Council on Education and approved by the academic department.

(F) Credit will be accepted from non-U.S. institutions of higher education when:

(1) Linked to CWU either by a bilateral or consortial agreement or verified by registrar services as a legitimate, recognized institution of higher education (tertiary level) within a particular country, if the student has received a passing grade recognized by the institution, and

(2) When an official record or transcript has been received by the university.

(G) Credit will not be granted for:

1. College or universities not regionally accredited;

2. Non-credit courses and workshops;

3. Remedial or college preparatory courses;

4. Sectarian religious studies;

5. Vocational/technical courses.

Consideration for an exception to CWUP 5-90-030(4)(G) 1, 4, or 5 may be made by written petition to the dean of the appropriate college after the student has earned a minimum of 45 credits at Central with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

[Responsibility: Faculty Senate; Authority: Provost/VP for Academic & Student Life; Reviewed/Endorsed by Provost’s  Council 09/29/2015; 06/05/2018;Cabinet/UPAC; Review/Effective Date: 10/7/2015; 06/13/2018; 02/20/2019; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]


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