About this Catalog Addendum
The updates listed in this document apply to the 2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs, Volume 3, Issue 1. This publication compiles new and updated information.
The entries below describe where the new information should be inserted. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or program chair in the event they have any questions regarding changes in program requirements.
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Revisions to the Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs Listed by Section
The entries described below are listed by section of the 2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 3, Issue 1. Only those sections that reflect updated information are listed.
Section Seven, Academic Policies and Procedures
The topics that are described under Course/Credit Transfer that appear on the above referenced page (“Courses Taken at Other Argosy University Campuses,” “Transfer of Argosy University Credits to Other Institutions,” “Undergraduate Transfer Credit Criteria,” “Bachelor’s Degree Programs,” “Standardized Examinations,” and “Prior Learning Assessment”) have been revised and reorganized. Please note that the topic previously titled “Transfer of Argosy University Credits to Other Institutions” has been retitled to read “Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits Earned at Argosy University.”
See below for revised section in its entirety.
Undergraduate Transfer Credit Criteria
Students may transfer the maximum number of credit hours as follows:
- Associate’s Level Degree Programs–Students may transfer a maximum of 45 credit hours.
- Bachelor’s Level Degree Programs–Students may transfer a maximum of 72 lower division or 90 total credit hours.†
The transfer credit maximums described above may be limited by state regulatory agencies (See State Requirements section below). In addition, fewer lower division credits may be accepted because of specific requirements of a given program.
Argosy University accepts transfer credit from the following sources: college learning, extra-institutional learning, and prior learning.
College-level credits earned from a regionally or nationally accredited institution will be considered for transfer. Credits and degrees from institutions that are nationally accredited by agencies recognized by both the US Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) are considered for transfer. Credits earned at institutions that are recognized by only one of the above (either CHEA or ED) will be considered for transfer if the institution is recognized by one of the following accrediting bodies:
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC; formerly Accrediting Commission for Career Schools/Colleges of Technology or ACCSCT),
- National Association of Trade and Technical Schools (NATTS),
- Career College Association/Accrediting Commission for Trade and Technical Schools (CCA-ACTTS), or
- Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
In the case of institutions outside the United States, the appropriate state (or its equivalent) or national accreditation is required. Students should contact an admissions representative for additional information.
College credits earned from other regionally or nationally accredited institutions are accepted for transfer if the following conditions are met:
- The course must be comparable in content, goals, and level to the Argosy University course or content area for which credit is sought.
- The course must have been a college-level course, taken for equivalent or greater credit at a regionally or nationally accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education (ED) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In the case of institutions outside the United States, the appropriate equivalent accreditation is required.
- The course must have been taken for college credit.
- Students must have earned a grade of “C-” or better for any course submitted.
- Associate’s degrees, such as Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Arts (AAA), Associate of Applied Science (AAS) are transferred in their entirety, including “D” grades, as long as the student’s cumulative GPA is 2.0 or better.
- Official transcripts are required for transfer credit to be awarded.
- Students may be required to provide a copy of the catalog description and/or the course syllabus from the institution where the credit was awarded to validate that the course satisfies the transfer credit criteria.
- Courses submitted for transfer credit are evaluated under the direction of the program chair. In general, a lower-division course completed at another institution will transfer as lower-division credit, even when Argosy University offers the course at the upper division level. Similarly, upper-division courses completed at another institution will transfer as upper-division credit, even when Argosy University offers the course at the lower-division level. Exceptions to this policy may occur in the case of established course equivalencies with institutions that have a transfer or articulation agreement with Argosy University. A student may petition for recognition of a successfully completed lower-division course as an upper-division course with appropriate documentation (e.g., a copy of the course syllabus).
Third Party Recommended (military and non-military) Coursework and Training
American Council on Education (ACE)
Credits earned from coursework or training that has been recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE) may also be accepted. This includes both credits for military training, as well as non-military coursework or training Unless otherwise limited by a state regulatory agency (see State Requirements below), these credits count towards the maximums listed above for transfer of credit (45 total credit hours for associate’s programs and 72 lower division or 90 total credit hours for the bachelor’s programs†).
Students should refer to the ACE Military Guide (see http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Military-Guide-Online.aspx) and ACE College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) (see http://www2.acenet.edu/credit/?fuseaction=browse.main) to determine whether their military or workplace learning experiences are identified in the respective guide.
National College Credit Recommendation Service
Credits earned from coursework and training that has been recommended for college credit by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) may be accepted. Unless otherwise limited by a state or regulatory agency (see State Requirements below) these credits count toward the maximums listed above for transfer credit (45 total credit hours for associate’s programs and 72 lower division or 90 total credit hours for the bachelor’s programs).
For associate’s level and bachelor’s level degree programs, national testing credit is accepted for commonly administered and accepted tests such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST (formerly known as Dantes Subject Standardized Tests), Excelsior College Examinations (ECE), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP). National testing credit is listed on the student’s transcript and may not be removed once it has been recorded. Exam scores must meet or exceed minimum qualifying scores established by Argosy University (in accordance with criteria established by the American Council on Education (ACE) or similar agency. Unless otherwise limited by a state regulatory agency (see State Requirements below), national testing credit counts toward the maximums listed above for transfer of credit (45 total credit hours for associate’s programs and 72 lower division or 90 total† credit hours for bachelor’s programs). In addition, maximum number of standardized testing credits that can be applied for transfer may vary by program. Students should contact their academic advisor for a description of the type and amount of credit that can be applied toward their program of study.
The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process determines if learning acquired outside of a university classroom is equivalent to academic learning and is eligible for college credit. Examples of learning that may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment include recognized professional licenses and certifications, corporate professional development, and other informal learning opportunities. Credit is only awarded for demonstrated learning. Unless otherwise limited by a state regulatory agency (see State Requirements below), as many as 15 credit hours may be earned from prior learning assessment credit towards associate’s degree programs and as many as 30 credit hours may be earned in from prior learning assessment credit towards bachelor’s degree programs. These credits count toward the maximums listed above for transfer of credit (45 total credit hours for associate’s degree programs and 72 lower division or 90 total credit hours for bachelor’s degree† programs).
Prior Learning Assessment can only be requested by matriculated students enrolled in associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs. Credit awards may be applied to elective, general education and core requirements as appropriate to the content of the learning and as approved by the university college dean.
For more details, students should contact their Academic Advisor.
†Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree program may transfer a maximum of 75 lower division or 90 total credit hours.
Exceptions to the Argosy University policy as required by state regulatory agencies are described below. States with a (*) indicate that the state policy applies only to students who are enrolled in Argosy University Online Programs and are residents of that state.
California: Of the first 60 semester credit hours awarded, only 15 credit hours may be awarded for prior learning. An additional 15 credit hours of prior learning may be awarded for the second 60 semester credits awarded.
Georgia: Maximum amount of credit from examination and credit for “life experiences’ is limited to 25% of the total credit requirements of the degree.
Kansas*: 50% of the credit hours earned through campus-developed and administered tests may be included in the instructional base.
Kentucky*: At least 50% of those subjects which are part of the curriculum of an Associate Degree program must be taught by a faculty mentor of the institution granting the degree.
Oklahoma*: 15 of the final 30 credit hours earned at the degree-granting institution, or 50% of the major, is required to be taken at the institution.
Oregon*: No more than 25% of undergraduate degree program may consist of non-collegiate learning (including examination credit).
Texas: No more than 50% of the credit applied towards an associate or baccalaureate degree program can be based on work outside a collegiate setting. No more than 15 semester credit hours or 23 quarter credit hours of that credit may be awarded by means other than recognized evaluative examinations.
Utah: Credit may be granted for no more than 30 semester credit hours of “personal experiences’ as evaluated and recommended by recognized associations such as the American Council on Education.
Washington: Credit for non-traditional activities may only constitute 25% of an undergraduate degree program. Institutions may only grant the credit if it is validated through a portfolio or similar procedure.
West Virginia*: Credit for CLEP Subject Examinations, must equate with existing course offerings at the institution.
Courses Taken at other Argosy University Campuses
Every Argosy University student is assigned a campus of record. The campus of record is the Argosy University campus to which the student applied and was accepted. Consistent with any campus-specific program accreditation and any state regulatory requirements, matriculated students may apply courses in their program of study taken at another Argosy University campus to their degree program.
Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits Earned at Argosy University
Students should be aware that the transfer of credit is controlled by the receiving institution, and therefore cannot be guaranteed by Argosy University.
The transferability of credits you earn at Argosy University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree, diploma, or certificate you earn in your educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or degree, diploma, or certificate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Argosy University to determine if your credits or degree, diploma or certificate will transfer.
Students considering transferring to an unaffiliated school have the responsibility to determine whether that school will accept Argosy University credits. Argosy University encourages students to initiate discussions with the potential transfer school as early as possible. Argosy University does not imply, promise, or guarantee transferability of its credits to any other institution.