Assessment of Prior Learning (Transfer Credit) - Office of the Registrar - Christopher Newport University
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Credit Awarding Policy

Christopher Newport may award credit (referred to as transfer credit) for certain documented knowledge gained outside of the college classroom.

Credit earned through prior military training, coursework completed elsewhere, and/or examination programs will be applied toward the student’s degree program. Entering and current students may request that their examination scores and/or official credentials be reviewed for potential credit by submitting the official score report or credential to the Office of the Registrar.

The University will review student credentials, including official examination scores and official transcripts, for academic credit in accordance with the policies shown below. These policies and the required scores and credentials are reviewed and updated annually. Official score reports from each agency or educational institution are required. All awarded credit is recorded on the student’s academic record. In all cases, students must complete institutional residency requirements for their degree and major.

Assessment of Prior Learning: High School Dual Enrollment Credit

Christopher Newport University does not generally offer dual enrollment courses for high school students. Christopher Newport reviews and awards credit for coursework completed at other colleges and universities via high school dual enrollment programs.

In many cases, high school students who have not yet attended college full-time may be able to receive college credit for dual-enrollment classes (college courses taken as part of their high school program). Students matriculating at Christopher Newport University who have earned college credit through dual enrollment programs while still in high school will have their credits evaluated for possible application toward degree requirements at Christopher Newport University. Upon approval, dual enrollment credit will be awarded for academic courses completed at regionally accredited institutions of higher education. High school dual enrollment courses completed at institutions of higher education which are not regionally accredited will be evaluated on an individual basis. When awarding credit for coursework completed elsewhere, Christopher Newport makes no distinction between high school dual enrollment credit and other college credit presented for evaluation. Students participati ng in dual enrollment programs are considered freshman applicants when applying for admission.

Official college or university transcripts are required to receive credit and should be sent directly to Christopher Newport University’s Registrar’s Office from the credit-granting college or university. Students who have completed dual enrollment courses at more than one college or university are required to provide official transcripts from all colleges attended. Christopher Newport will not award credit for dual enrollment coursework presented on the high school transcript.

New freshmen who present the transfer associate’s degree earned through the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) will be reviewed under the State Policy on Transfer. Those students will be awarded junior standing (60 Christopher Newport credits), and the Liberal Learning Curriculum will be satisfied with the exception of the Second Language Literacy requirement. Only those students, who successfully completed a 200-level foreign language course, as demonstrated on the official academic transcript, will have satisfied the Second Language Literacy requirement.

Students must earn a minimum grade of ‘C’ to be eligible to receive credit. Christopher Newport will not award credit for developmental coursework, regardless of whether completed via dual enrollment or otherwise, While Christopher Newport credit may be awarded, grades earned will not transfer and will not be computed as part of the student’s grade point average (GPA). A maximum of 66 credit hours may be awarded through the successful completion of high school dual enrollment through the community college system, and no more than a total of 92 credit hours completed elsewhere will be awarded. These courses must be completed prior to the start of fall or spring enrollment.

Military Education, Training and Experience

Students who have prior service in the armed forces of the United States may present the joint services transcript or other official credentials to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation. We will use the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in the review and determination of course equivalents; however, the ACE guide recommendations will not automatically apply. Although equivalencies to Christopher Newport courses rarely exist, in cases where a comparable course does exist, credit may be awarded to the student and recorded as part of the student’s official academic record.

Students may also earn credit for coursework completed at the Community College of the Air Force. Such coursework is reviewed based on the official credential presented and credit may be awarded depending on the existence of a comparable CNU course and whether a minimum score equivalent to a grade of C or better has been earned.

Portfolios

With the exception of the portfolio accompanying certain Advanced Placement scores, Christopher Newport University does not typically award credit based on the presentation of a student portfolio.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students may earn credit for successfully completing certain examinations based on the minimum score earned. Approved examinations have been reviewed by the faculty for content and relevance to the Christopher Newport degree. Although there are two categories of CLEP exams available, general and subject, CNU accepts only one general examination: college mathematics.

Subject examinations cover material taught in undergraduate courses and carry a course title which is similar at most colleges and universities. Detailed information regarding examinations approved for credit with minimum scores required to receive credit is found in the Policy for CLEP and Course Challenges.

All other CLEP examinations with comparable academic departments or courses at CNU have been reviewed, and credit will not be granted based only on examination scores.

A maximum of 60 credit hours may be awarded for the successful completion of CLEP exams. See specific equivalent (comparable) courses and minimum required scores in the Credit by Examination Table.

University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

Entering students may earn credit for successfully completing certain examinations based on the minimum score earned. Approved examinations have been reviewed by the faculty for content and relevance to the Christopher Newport degree. Detailed information regarding examinations approved for credit with minimum scores required to receive credit is found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

All other CIE examinations with comparable academic departments or courses at CNU have been reviewed, and credit will not be granted based only on examination scores.

A maximum of 60 credit hours may be awarded for the successful completion of Cambridge exams. See specific equivalent (comparable) courses and minimum required scores in the Credit by Examination Table.

College Board Advanced Placement (AP)

Entering students may receive academic credit for college-level work undertaken during high school by completing AP examinations. These examinations are graded by the College Entrance Examination Board on a five-point scale. A complete list of approved AP examinations and minimum scores is available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

All other AP examinations with comparable academic departments or courses at CNU have been reviewed, and credit will not be granted based only on examination scores.

A maximum of 60 credit hours may be awarded for the successful completion of AP exams. See specific equivalent (comparable) courses and minimum required scores in the Credit by Examination Table.

International Baccalaureate Programme (IB)

Entering students who completed IB examinations as part of their high-school curriculum may receive academic credit for their work. These examinations are graded by the International Baccalaureate Organization on a seven-point scale. Credit is awarded based solely on examination results. Although the IB Diploma Programme is recognized as a strong college preparatory curriculum, credit will not be awarded for the diploma itself.

To qualify for academic credit, in addition to earning the required minimum score, students must have completed the IB examination(s) no later than six months after their high school graduation and prior to matriculation at Christopher Newport. A complete list of approved IB examinations and minimum scores is available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

All other IB examinations with comparable academic departments or courses at CNU have been reviewed, and credit will not be granted based only on examination scores.

A maximum of 60 credit hours may be awarded for the successful completion of IB exams. See specific equivalent (comparable) courses and minimum required scores in the Credit by Examination Table.


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