Evaluating Non-Regionally Accredited Institutional Credit (Procedure 3.0210)

Based on board policy number and Florida Statutes: F.S. 1001.64; FAC 6A-14.0247; .0262; .063; College Policy 3.021
Effective Date: June 24, 1999; Revised, 5/02; 06/2015
Date of Review: 05/09; 08/11; 03/2015


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 student’s responsibility to complete the Request for Course Credit Evaluation/Non-Accredited Institution form and submit a completed packet to the Office of Enrollment Services. Supporting documents include information from the 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 will include general information about the college to include accreditation, mission, faculty credentials, and any other information deemed appropriate. This information is submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services in a complete package. If the package is incomplete, it is returned to the student with a notice as to what documentation is lacking.
  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 Associate Dean who returns the evaluation to the Enrollment Services Office within ten (10) working days with a recommendation. 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 Associate Dean 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 departments’ recommendation, the issue is forwarded to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for resolution.
  9. If credit is granted, it is not posted to the student’s transcript until they have completed 12 college credit hours with an SSC grade point average of 2.0 or higher or completed 12 PSAV credits with an SSC 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 SSC but is not calculated into the cumulative SSC GPA.
  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, if one is available. Students are charged the standard fee for each exam taken.
  11. Each year SSC 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 Team Date 06/2015
Approved: President, E. Ann McGee Date 06/2015

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