Other Ways to Earn College Credit
Chesapeake College subscribes to the philosophy that the placement function of the College includes helping students to accumulate past experiences, identify the state of their educational development, and move toward their goals at the most efficient and rapid rate possible. Advanced standing is the administrative placement of a student beyond the basic or first course(s) in a curriculum, allowing college credit for subject matter and other appropriate training upon the submission of evidence showing previous academic study or achievement of course objectives through examination.
All credit awarded through the following means is posted to the student's academic record. Students who have audited or failed a course at any accredited institution of higher education are not eligible for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Credit by Exam in that subject area. Also, students who have enrolled in a course in a particular subject area are not eligible for CLEP or Credit by Exam in that course.
Advanced standing may be granted students who successfully complete requirements of any of the following:
- College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- The College participates in the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) as a means of assessing and awarding credit for knowledge obtained through prior experience or work taken at nonaccredited institutions. CLEP is also a means of evaluating posthigh school learning experiences, education through employment, and skills gained through the Armed Services. Students are advised to consult with the CLEP policies of the institutions to which they expect to transfer. Information regarding CLEP tests and fees may be obtained from the Office of Student Services. Chesapeake offers CLEP examinations only for courses which parallel those found in the College Catalog. A current list of CLEP examinations for which Chesapeake College will grant credit is listed in the Catalog or can be obtained from the Office of Student Services.
- Military Course Credit
- Credit may be issued for military technical courses which are listed for credit in A GUIDE TO THE EVALUATION OF EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN THE ARMED SERVICES from the American Council on Education, Washington, D.C. (latest edition), and the recommendation of the Commission on Accreditation of Service Experiences. Credit will be granted by the Office of Registration and Records according to the recommendation in the Guide and from the Council on Education. Courses taken through the United States Armed Forces Institute, regardless of mode of study, may transfer at face value. A percentile of 20 or above is required.
- Advanced Placement Examinations
- Credit will be awarded for scores of three, four, or five on the Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB).
- Credit by Institutional Examination
- Upon recommendation of the instructor and appropriate Dean and with the approval of the Vice President for Academic Services, a student may be permitted to earn full credit for a course or courses by taking a special examination or examinations. Credit by Institutional Examination will be granted only for courses not available through CLEP (see Item A ). A non-refundable application fee of one-half the current rate per credit hour will be assessed for each course petitioned, payable at the time the application is filed. A grade of "C" is the minimum requirement for credit to be awarded. Credit will not be granted for any courses previously audited or attempted.
- Credit for Experiential Learning
- Students may seek credit for experiential learning through the College's portfolio development process. Students may register for CPL 101, Portfolio Development, in order to receive instruction in developing a portfolio that describes and documents collegelevel learning gained through non-college experience. Focus is on defining goals, correlating experiential learning with course content, and documenting learning gained through experience. Independent evaluators assess completed portfolios for the possible award of credit which can be applied to any degree or certificate program of study. A maximum of 15 credits can be awarded through this process. All credit is held in abeyance and posted to the student's record only after he/she has completed 15 semester hours in residence at Chesapeake College with at least a 2.0 grade point average. Credit will not be granted for any course previously audited or attempted. A portfolio assessment fee applies.
- Credit by Other Approved Examinations
- Credit may be granted for other examinations approved by the College for advanced standing.
NOTE: No more than one-half of the number of credits normally required for graduation may be earned by satisfactorily passing approved examinations.