SWGTC Advanced Placement Policy
Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) is aware that learning occurs in a variety of settings. Advanced placement allows a student to receive course credit based on previous experience and learning, formal or informal, and results in advanced standing within an associate degree, diploma, or technical certificate of credit program.
It is the policy of this College to grant credit for previous education, training, or experience in the following areas:
1. Transfer of credit earned at a previously attended college, university, or other postsecondary institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the coursework was completed. Coursework and learning outcomes must be at the collegiate level, have the same content and quality, and are comparable to the College’s own degree, diploma, or certificate programs. Credit is awarded that falls within the regular curricular offerings of SWGTC and related to the student’s current educational goals. Full credit will be awarded for courses subject to SWGTC assuring that the accreditation standards have been met.
Student must have passed the course with a minimum grade of “C.” The faculty of the intended program and the Registrar will approve the amount of transfer credit. SWGTC reserves the right to test the proficiency of students for coursework to be transferred and reserves the right to disallow transfer of credit if the student cannot demonstrate acceptable proficiency. Transfer credit will be recorded on the student’s SWGTC transcript with a grade designation of “TR”, "TRA", "TRB", or "TRC". The third letter indicates the grade earned in the course and will not be calculated in the student’s Academic GPA.
2. Transfer of credit earned at Foreign Institutions that have standing considered equivalent to regional accreditation in the U.S. Foreign transcripts, both secondary and post-secondary, must be evaluated by an Official Evaluation Service that holds membership in the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES.) Acceptable evaluation services include, but are not limited to World Education Services and Josef Silny & Associates. Transfer credit from foreign institutions will be awarded under the same criteria as transfer credit from an institution within the United States or its territories. (Refer to the US Network for Education Information (USNEI), a DOE administered website and public-private partnership that provides a list of possible credential evaluation services.);
3. Secondary Articulation credit earned under established Secondary Articulation Agreements may be awarded to recent high school graduates subject to validation of credit and enrollment at SWGTC within 2 years of high school graduation. SWGTC will validate student competencies before awarding articulated credit for competencies learned in high school by administering the final examination/exemption examination for the course to be articulated. Students must score 70 or above on the exam in order to receive articulated credit. Articulated credit is only awarded if the student needs it to complete their program of study. Articulated credit will be recorded on the student’s SWGTC transcript with a grade designation of “AC” and will not be calculated in the student’s Academic GPA
4. Standardized Examinations including but not limited to, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit. Credit for Standardized Examinations will be recorded on the student’s SWGTC transcript with a grade designation of “TR” and will not be calculated in the student’s Academic GPA.
5. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
PLA is a process for evaluating knowledge and skills in order to award college credit for learning from on the job learning, corporate training, independent study, military service, or volunteer service that is consistent with the SWGTC mission and ensures that course work and learning outcomes are at the collegiate level and comparable to the College’s degree programs. SWGTC assumes responsibility for the academic quality of any course work or credit recorded on the institution’s transcript.
1. Experiential Learning credit may be awarded for students who have extensive work experience or professional certificates in an area related to their current educational goals, subject to validation by written and/or performance examination. Experiential Learning credit will be recorded on the student’s SWGTC transcript with a grade designation of “EX” and will not be calculated in the student’s Academic GPA.
2. Military Training Credit may be awarded for training received in the Armed Forces. The training should be certified by the Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experience in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education. Military training credit will be recorded on the student’s SWGTC transcript with a grade designation of “EX” and will not be calculated in the student’s Academic GPA.
6. Institutional Exemption Exams credit is available to applicants who have previous experience such as employment in the field, military training, corporate courses, or other similar experiences. Students must earn at least 70% on any institutional exemption exam to be awarded credit. Exemption Exam credit will be recorded on the student’s SWGTC transcript with a grade designation of “EX” and will not be calculated in the student’s Academic GPA.
7. Transient credit is available for SWGTC students needing a specific course or courses that are not available at SWGTC at a time that will meet the students’ academic needs. SWGTC students wishing to be a transient student elsewhere must be in good standing at SWGTC and all prerequisite requirements for the course or courses must be met. Good standing is defined as having a 2.0 cumulative GPA and being eligible to continue the program. Any student dismissed from a program for the 2nd time due to academic deficiency will be ineligible to receive a letter of transience to attend another college as the student is not considered to be in good standing. Transient credit is recorded on the student’s SWGTC transcript with a grade designation of "TR", "TRA", "TRB", or "TRC". The third letter indicates the grade earned in the course, but will not be calculated in the student’s Academic GPA.
Students may earn no more than 75% of course work for a particular program of study through advanced placement or transient credit.
The Registrar has the overall responsibility for ensuring this policy is implemented.
Revised: 4-21-97; 5-6-99; 12-5-00; 2-1-05; 11-7-06; 9-1-09; 7-14-10; 11-29-11; 6-4-13; 03-04-14