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A. Definition: Credit refers to transcript recognition of work toward a degree.
B. Responsibility: The registrar is responsible for evaluating all requests for credit and may seek assistance in this evaluation.
C. Basic Principles and Guidelines:
1. All credit granted must be for educational activities that conform to the University’s mission, curricula, and standards for student achievement.
2. Credit transferred from other educational institutions will be considered in the light of
a. the educational quality of the institution from which the student transfers;
b. the comparability of the nature, content, and level of credit earned to that offered at Concordia; and
c. the appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned to the programs offered by Concordia in the light of the student’s educational goals.
3. Experiences offered for extra-institutional credit must be articulated, documented, and measured in terms of the student’s program of study and the university’s graduation requirements.
4. The score on tests of educational activities submitted for credit must meet the standards of Concordia. (Guidelines are available from the Office of the Registrar.)
5. Credits for non-Concordia work may be appropriate and accepted but may not be applicable because they exceed the credit requirements for graduation at Concordia or are not applicable to any category of Concordia’s requirements.
6. Credit for non-Concordia work is accepted up to a maximum of 90 credits allowing for the 30 credit residency requirement necessary to earn a degree at Concordia.
7. Transfer students who have completed the Minnesota transfer curriculum or an associate of arts degree from an accredited institution are considered to have met Concordia’s general education requirements with the exception of the theology requirement which must be completed at Concordia.
8. Credits earned as part of a study abroad experience at a foreign institution approved through the CALL Center will be entered as “Pass” grades and do not count in GPA calculation. Students must earn a “C-” or higher to earn credit. Grades earned in Concordia University courses taught abroad will be figured into the student’s GPA.
D. Standards: The principles and guidelines set forth by the following organizations are followed. These principles and guidelines are modified where appropriate to coincide with Concordia’s principles, specifications, and guidelines as noted elsewhere in this policy.
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
Council on Advancement of Experiential Learning (CAEL)
National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS)
National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
American Council on Education (ACE)
E. Sources of Credit: Credit or exemption from program requirements may be earned through work at accredited institutions, non-accredited institutions, other coursework or training of substance, life experiences, and tests and pre-college work.
1. Regionally Accredited Institutions or Nationally Accredited Institutions recognized by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) : The registrar evaluates credit as to its comparability and appropriateness as noted in the principles set forth above and may consult the appropriate department if the appropriateness and comparability of the credit are doubtful.
2. Non-accredited Institutions (not accredited by one of the above agencies) or other coursework or training of substance: Credit is awarded on a reduced scale of completed terms or hours with 60 clock hours as the minimum for one credit or 16 credits for one academic year of full-time attendance. A cap of 30 semester credits is established for this type of coursework. ACE evaluated
credit is also included in this area.
3. Life Experiences: A form requesting credit for stated purposes is filed by the student. Credit may then be granted following an assessment of the student’s portfolio by a qualified Concordia instructor, a qualified instructor from another institution, written examination by a Concordia instructor or department or an examination prepared by CAEL or a similar organization, faculty committee assessment, personal interview, or competency demonstration. A fee is assessed for transcripting this type of credit.
4. Tests and Pre-College Work: Credit may be granted for satisfactory performance (See C. 4 above) in experiences of the following types.
a. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
b. DANTES, the military version of CLEP
c. Advanced Placement programs of secondary schools (AP)
d. Local examinations or verification-of competence
e. International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
F. Evaluation Responsibilities and Curriculum Applications
Credit may be applied to one of the following curriculum requirements.
1. General Education Curriculum: The primary responsibility for evaluation rests with the registrar who shall consult the General Education Committee if the appropriateness and comparability of the credit is doubtful. Transfer credits in the general education area are entered as a “Pass” grade and do not count in GPA calculation.

2. Majors, minors, emphases, certificate, and program courses: The appropriateness and comparability of credit in these areas shall be assessed by the appropriate department or instructor and approved by the department and the student’s academic adviser on a Course Substitution Request form. Transfer credits in the major are entered as a letter grade and will count in GPA calculation, with the exception of approved study abroad coursework. Study abroad coursework that has been approved for a major or minor will be entered as “Pass” with an earned grade of “C-” or higher and will not count in GPA calculation.
3. Electives: The appropriateness and comparability of credits in this area shall be assessed by the registrar. Transfer credits in the elective area are entered as a “Pass” grade and do not count in GPA calculation.

Last modified: March 15, 2018