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CWUR 2-90-030 Acceptance of Transfer Credit

(1) Transfer Credit from Four-Year Institutions

(A) 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 Registrar Services 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, college dean.

(B) 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;
4. sectarian religious studies; and
5.  career and technical education courses not taught at CWU.

(C) Colleges that operate on a semester basis (i.e., divide the academic year into two parts, exclusive of summer) give semester credits.  Equivalent quarter credits are semester credits multiplied by one and half. 

(2) Transfer Credit from Community Colleges

(A) 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 Registrar Services 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, college dean.

(B) Transferable academic associate of arts degrees, as determined by Registrar Services and approved by the General Education Committee, from a college accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities will meet the general education requirements. Transferable academic associate of arts degrees within Washington State must be approved by the Joint Transfer Council (JTC).  Applied career, and technical education degrees cannot be used to satisfy the general education requirements.

(C) 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 a minimum of one quarter prior to earning their bachelor degree.

(D) Students who enter with an associate of science transfer degree must complete the following additional requirements to meet the general education 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.

(3) Other Forms of Credit

Due to Northwest Commission of Colleges and University accreditation standards, other forms of credit are limited to a maximum of 45 credit hours.

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

(B) Credits for successful completion of College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) tests will be accepted in accordance with procedures 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.

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

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

1. linked to CWU either by a bilateral or consortial agreement or
2. certified by the CWU Office of International Studies and Programs 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
3. when an official record or transcript has been received by the university.

(E) 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.  The 30 credits may only be used as general elective credits and cannot be used to substitute for major or minor requirements.

Responsibility: Faculty Senate; Authority: Marilyn A. Levine, Provost/VP for Academic & Student Life; Reviewed/Endorsed by Provost’s Council 04-29-2014: Cabinet/UPAC; Review/Effective Date: 06/04/2014; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]