Evaluating Non-Regionally Accredited Institutional Credit (Procedure 3.0210)

Based on board policy number and Florida Statute:Effective Date:
Florida Statute: 1001.64; FAC 6A-14.0247; .0262; .063; SCC Rule 3.021 June 24, 1999; Revised, 5/02


To evaluate credit of students transferring from non-regionally accredited institutions.


All students transferring from a non-regionally accredited institution must adhere to the following procedure:

  1. For a student enrolling in a college credit degree program, the student is required to take a College Placement Test (CPT).
  2. For a student enrolling in a PSAV degree program, the student is required to take the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE).
  3. A student who does not pass the placement test or sections thereof will be placed according to the score he/she receives regardless of the course he/she may have taken at the non-accredited institution.
  4. A written request from the student, identifying the courses that are to be reviewed is required.
  5. It is the studentâ??s responsibility to furnish to the Office of Enrollment Services and institutional catalog and official college transcript from the institution they are transferring, a course description and syllabus for each course for which they are requesting credit, and any other information the college deems necessary to conduct proper evaluation. This information may include general information about the college, e.g., library facilities, faculty credentials, and all appropriate records. This information is submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services in a complete package.
  6. The Enrollment Services Office will review the package to ensure all the necessary material is contained therein. If the package is complete, the Enrollment Services Office forwards the package to the appropriate department chair. The chair returns the evaluation to the Enrollment Services Office within ten (10) working days. If the package is incomplete, it is returned to the student with a notice as to what documentation is lacking. Only courses in which the student has earned a grade of "C" or higher is eligible for review.
  7. It is the responsibility of each department chair to coordinate the evaluation of courses within their respective department. It is recommended that each dean develop minimum criteria to ensure consistency in the evaluation of credits among departments. All recommendations as to the awarding or denial of credit must be approved in writing by the dean or designee.
  8. Upon the department submitting its recommendation, the Enrollment Services Office reviews the recommendation. If a question arises due to the departmentâ??s recommendation, the issue is forwarded to the Vice President of Educational Programs for resolution.
  9. If credit is granted, it is not posted to the studentâ??s transcript until they have completed 12 college credit hours with an SCC grade point average of 2.0 or higher or completed 12 PSAV credits with an SCC grade point average of 2.0 or higher. The 12 credit hours must be applicable to the degree they are seeking. Credit is posted as a "P." A "P" grade is equal to a minimum of a "C" grade at SCC.
  10. A student who has been denied credit may take either a CLEP test or a comprehensive department exam for each subject area in which they were denied. Students are charged the standard fee for each exam taken.
  11. Each year SCC will review the progress of students transferring from non-accredited institutions to insure that proper evaluation of credit is occurring and adjust its policies accordingly.
Recommended by Executive Staff Date 4/4/02
Approved: President, E.Ann McGee Date 5/8/02

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