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SWGTC Advanced Placement Procedure

 

Advanced Placement includes the following:

Transfer Credit

1. Applicants to Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) who have been previously enrolled at a regionally or nationally accredited college, university, or other post secondary institution may receive transfer credit for courses, subject to SWGTC assuring that accreditation requirements have been met,under the following conditions:

A. Courses taken are essentially the same in content as those offered at SWGTC;

B. An official transcript is on file in the Registrar’s office;

C. A grade of “C” or higher has been earned for each course to be transferred; 

D. When requested by the Registrar’s Office, approval is recommended by the faculty and/or the Vice President for Academic Affairs for the transfer credit. The final decision rest with the Registrar;

E. There are no time limits on courses for most applicants/students in the areas of Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences/Mathematics, and other General Education courses from the date of acceptance into the program. For applicants/students to the School of Health Sciences, there is a five (5) year time limit on courses in the areas of mathematics, science, and Health Science (ALHS) courses, from the date of acceptance into the program. Students faced with the 5-year time rule may request an exemption exam to demonstrate proficiency and receive credit. There is a time limit for all applicants/students of five (5) years for courses in their major area; and

F. Credit hours assigned to transferred courses are the same as credit hours awarded at the sending institution when credits do not exceed the number of credit hours assigned for equivalent courses at SWGTC. The maximum hours of credit given shall not exceed the number of hours awarded for the same course at SWGTC.

2. Applicants to SWGTC who have completed post-secondary level course work at a foreign institution that has standing considered equivalent to regional accreditation in the U.S. may receive transfer credit for courses under the following conditions:

A. An official Educational Credential Evaluation is received from 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.  (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.);

B. Courses taken are essentially the same in content as those offered at SWGTC;

C. A grade of “C” or higher has been earned for each course to be transferred;

D. When requested by the Registrar’s Office, approval is recommended by the faculty and/or the Vice President for Academic Affairs for the transfer credit. The final decision rest with the Registrar;

E. There are no time limits on courses for most applicants/students in the areas of Humanities/Fine Arts,   Social/Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences/Mathematics, and other General Education courses from the date of acceptance into the program. For applicants/students to the School of Health Sciences, there is a five (5) year time limit on courses in the areas of mathematics, science, and Health Science (ALHS) courses, from the date of acceptance into the program. Students faced with the 5-year time rule may request an exemption exam to demonstrate proficiency and receive credit. There is a time limit for all applicants/students of five (5) years for courses in their major area; and

F. Credit hours assigned to transferred courses are the same as credit hours awarded at the sending institution when credits do not exceed the number of credit hours assigned for equivalent courses at SWGTC. The maximum hours of credit given shall not exceed the number of hours awarded for the same course at SWGTC.

3. Secondary Articulation

SWGTC has established articulation agreements, which are reviewed and updated annually, with interested service area high schools to ensure that students receive course credit when established competencies have been achieved in selected courses. Students who enroll within 2 years of high school graduation are eligible for articulation credit.

Validation of Credit: 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.

The articulated credit is only awarded if the student needs it to complete their program of study. The awarded credit is indicated by the letters “AC” on the official transcript. The hours for the articulated course will not be computed in the grade point average or appear on the quarterly grade report.

4. Standardized Exam Credit
Colleges may award credit based on nationally normed exams including, but not limited to, the following:

1. CLEP – Credit may be awarded for successful completion of an appropriate CLEP (College Level Examination Program) subject area examination. (Time limits that apply to transfer credit apply to credit by exam.)

2. Advanced Placement Examinations – Credit may be awarded to students who have taken appropriate courses (determined equivalent to courses offered at SWGTC) in high school and achieve a score of 3 on the Advanced Placement Examination.  The Advanced Placement Examinations are offered by the College Entrance Examination Board.

3. International Baccalaureate Credit - Credit will be awarded to students who have taken appropriate courses (determined equivalent to courses offered at a Technical College) in high school and achieve a score of 3 or more on the International Baccalaurate (IB) Examination.  The IB Examinations are offered by the International Baccalaureate Examination Board.

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. Credit for Previous Training (Experiential Learning)

At SWGTC, faculty makes a recommendation for the awarding of credit for previous training, professional certificates,  or experience to the Academic Affairs administrators. The appropriate administrator forwards the request to the Registrar, if he/she agrees with the faculty's recommendation. The Registrar determines whether or not credit will be awarded.

2. Military Training Credit

SWGTC may award credit for training received in the Armed Forces.  The training should be certified by the Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education or by the official catalog of the Community College of the Air Force or similar document.  Credit should be given when training experience meets required competencies of courses offered at the College.

6. Credit by Examination (Exemption)

Applicants of SWGTC who have previous experience such as employment in the field, military training, corporate courses, or other similar experiences may request course exemption by examination. The policy of this College is to grant credit for course exemption by examination (written and/or performance), which meets the quality of established standards of SWGTC.  Credit is awarded only inareas that fall within the regular curricular offerings of SWGTC and must be related to the student’s current educational goals.

 A SWGTC student who wishes to exempt a course by examination should follow this process:

1. Be accepted or enrolled as a student at Southwest Georgia Technical College;

2. Present evidence which would indicate that previous education or training has been received or that work experience which is similar to that given in a course being challenged has been earned. A student may not request exemption examination for courses for which they have previously been enrolled, nor may they take an exemption examination for a course more than once; 

3. Submit a request to the faculty by the appropriate deadline for the exam to be taken. The normal deadline is 12:00 noon on the day the exam is scheduled;

4. The student must pay the exemption test fee of $50.00 for the test to be taken. This fee must be paid in advance at the Business Office and the receipt shown to the faculty administering the exemption examination.  Students will not be allowed to take an exemption exam if they have not paid the exemption exam fee in advance. The advisor is responsible for reporting the course number, course title, and credit hours to the Registrar on a "request for Credit for Previous Training" form; and

5. A student must make a minimum score of 70 to be exempted from taking the class. Credit is awarded only in areas that fall within the regular curricular offerings of SWGTC and must be related to the student’s current educational goals; and the Registrar will record the exemption credit on the student’s SWGTC transcript.

 7. Transient Credit

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 technical college as the student is not considered to be in good standing.  Students wishing to take an online class through another College in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) may register on the Georgia Virtual Technical Connection (GVTC) website and submit a transient request online.  Students who wish to take a class at any college that is not part of TCSG or that is not an online courses should make the request in writing to the SWGTC Registrar.  SWGTC reserves the right to request additional information to assure that the requested transient class is essentially the same in content, quality, learning outcomes and degree, diploma, or certificate level as the course taught at SWGTC and that all accreditation standards have been met.  Final approval of all transient requests rest with the Registrar.  Transient credit is recorded on the student’s SWGTC transcript with the grade designation submitted by the host college but will not be calculated in the student’s Academic GPA.

 

Residency Requirements

SWGTC requires that a minimum of twenty-five percent (25%) of the coursework of a particular program of study be completed at SWGTC.

 

Designation of Credit

1. Exemption credit awarded will be indicated by use of the letters “EX” on transcript/permanent records.

2. Transfer credit awarded will be indicated on transcript/permanent records by the use of the letters “TR ”, “ TRA ” , “TRB”, “or “TRC.”

3. Articulated credit awarded will be indicated on transcript/permanent records by use of the letters “AC.”

  

Responsibility
The Registrar has the overall responsibility for ensuring this Procedure is implemented.


 

Reference:

SBTAE  IV.J. Articulation and Transfer

SWGTC Advanced Placement Policy

Revised: 8-6-96; 5-6-99; 12-5-00; 2-1-05; 11-7-06; 7-24-07; 07-14-09; 05-10-10; 09-20-11; 02-11-14

 

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