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CWUP 5-90-030 Acceptance of Transfer Credit

(1) Other Forms of Credit

(A) 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.

(B) Students may receive credit or advanced placement (AP), or both, depending upon the scores achieved in the college entrance examination board advanced placement (AP) test. Credit and/or placement on the basis of AP test scores will be established by the appropriate individual academic departments.

(C) Credits for successful completion of College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) tests will be accepted in accordance with policy established by the Academic Affairs Committee.

1. Students will be awarded five college-level quarter credits for each score at the 50th percentile on the CLEP® humanities, social science/history, and natural sciences examinations. These credits will meet the general education requirements in the appropriate academic areas.

2. Students may also be awarded credit for subject examinations as determined by appropriate academic departments at the time of application for credit.

(D) Credit for completing individual areas of study within the international baccalaureate program may be accepted. Individual students must petition the admission review committee for review of their program of study and examination scores. Standards for acceptance will be established by the appropriate academic departments.

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

1. linked to CWU either by a bilateral or consortial (e.g., ISEP) agreement or

2. certified by the CWU office of international programs as a legitimate, recognized institution of higher education (tertiary level) within a particular country, the student has received a passing grade recognized by the institution, and

3. when an official record or transcript has been received by the university.

(F) Upon submission of the DD form 214 or 295, matriculated students may receive up to 30 lower division elective credits for completion of military schools as recommended by the American Council on Education.

(G) No more than 45 total quarter credits through CLEP® or other sources of non-traditional credit may apply toward graduation.

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(2) 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 waive specific requirements but no additional credits will be accepted.

(B) Transfer course equivalents to university courses apply toward the baccalaureate degree exactly as do the CWU courses for which they are being articulated. Equivalency is established by the appropriate academic department chairs. Once established, transfer course equivalencies will be maintained by degree checkout and articulated in the same manner for all students. Other transfer courses that have not been established as exact equivalents may also be allowed in the degree program with approval from the appropriate academic department chair and, as appropriate, dean.

(C) Academic associate of arts degrees from a college accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities will meet the general education requirement of a bachelor's degree.

(D) After initial enrollment at CWU, transfer students without a transferable associate degree from a Washington state community college wishing to complete such a degree must complete it by the time they have completed 45 credits or one calendar year, whichever comes later, in order for the AA degree to satisfy the general education program requirements at CWU. A student cannot earn an associate degree and bachelor degree in the same quarter.

(E) Academic transfer associate of arts degrees from a college or university outside Washington state accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities will meet the general education requirement of a bachelor's degree.

(F) Associate of science degrees which are part of direct transfer agreements between CWU and Washington community colleges will meet the general education requirement of a bachelor's degree when students complete the following additional requirements:

1. English 102 or its equivalent.

2. Three additional general education courses beyond the 15-quarter credits in Humanities and Social Science required for the associate of science transfer degree. The three additional courses must include:

a. One course from the Arts and Humanities breadth area;
b. One course from the Social and Behavioral Science breadth area;
c. The remaining additional course may be chosen from either the Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science breadth area.

Other associate degrees that are not a part of these direct transfer agreements such as vocational and technological degrees will not automatically satisfy the general education requirements at CWU.

 

(3) Transfer Credit from Four-Year Institutions

(A) In general, it is the university's policy to accept credits earned through 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.

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

(D) Transfer course equivalents to university courses apply toward the baccalaureate degree exactly as do the CWU courses for which they are being articulated. Equivalency is established by the appropriate academic department chairs. Once established, transfer course equivalencies will be maintained by degree checkout and articulated in the same manner for all students. Other transfer courses that have not been established as exact equivalents may also be allowed in the degree program with approval from the appropriate academic department chair and, as appropriate, dean.

(E) Transfer credit is not normally awarded for the following types of study or course work:

1. courses taken at colleges or universities that are not regionally accredited;

2. non-credit courses and workshops;

3. remedial or college preparatory courses; and

4. sectarian religious studies.

(F) Colleges which operate on a semester basis (i.e., divide the academic year into two parts, exclusive of summer) give semester credits. Quarter credit multiplied by two-thirds equal semester credits. Semester credits multiplied by one and one-half equal quarter credits.

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