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Transfer Credit and Credit for Other Prior Learning


Washtenaw Community College recognizes that students come to college with competencies obtained from prior learning experiences such as previous education, training, or work experience. To receive credit, a prior learning experience must be verified. If it is documented and evaluated to be equivalent to college-level coursework, it is the College's policy to allow equivalent credit to be granted to the student if appropriate to their WCC program of study. The following methods may be used to verify equivalency credit: transcript evaluation, credit by examination, portfolio evaluation, advanced placement testing, and articulation credit. Credit for prior learning will be evaluated and posted on the student's transcript only after the student has earned one or more credit hours at WCC and will not apply toward satisfying the minimum credits in residence required for graduation.

The credit does not count as part of a student's credit load for any given semester and is not computed into the grade point average. In most cases, non-traditional credit earned for prior learning experiences will not transfer to other colleges or universities. Other institutions will want to evaluate the transcripts from all colleges previously attended when awarding transfer credit.

See also Board of Trustees Policy 3031: Credit for Prior Learning.

College Board Advanced Placement Exams

Credit may be granted to students who have achieved a 3 or above (4 or above for Economics) on one of the College Board Advanced Placement exams offered through their high school. The student may be granted credit for a particular course or the credit may apply toward an elective. Contact Enrollment Services at 734-973-3590 for specific course information.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit may be granted for the successful completion of each of the five general examinations of CLEP:

College Composition*
Natural Sciences
Social Sciences and History

* Students who achieve the minimum score on the College Composition General Examination will be granted English elective credit.

Minimum scores for awarding credit are based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommended credit-granting scores.

Students who have earned six or more credits in any one of the general examination subject areas are not eligible to receive credit for the general examination in that area. Subject examinations exist in the general areas of composition, literature, foreign languages, history, social sciences, science, mathematics, and business. In general, a maximum of three semester credits may be granted for each college approved subject examination for scores which meet ACE recommended credit-granting scores. Some general and subject examinations also require the successful completion of an essay examination or laboratory demonstration. For information about scheduling a CLEP test, contact the Testing Center at 734-973-3634.

DSST (formerly DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests

The DSST provides Colleges with a means to measure students' knowledge in commonly taught college courses and awards credit based on student scores. Students can choose from a variety of test titles in the areas of social science, business, mathematics, technology, humanities, and physical science. For information about which tests can be used to award academic credit, contact transcripteval@wccnet.edu. For information about scheduling a DSST test, contact the Testing Center.

Articulation through Tech Prep

Students who have acquired entry-level occupational skills through high school career and technical education may be eligible to receive college credit for equivalent courses. The student must have taken an approved career or technical course and receive a recommendation from the instructor. The student must also provide the college with his/her student performance record for evaluation by the college instructor. Students eligible for articulated credit must apply for the credit within two years of their high school graduation. For more information, please contact the high school counselor, the recommending instructor, or one of our transfer evaluation specialists at 734-477-8969 or 734-973-3590.

Credit by Examination

Students who appear to have proficiency in a course may, upon recommendation of a full-time instructor and with the approval of the department chair, take a course examination for credit. This exam is not available for all courses; it is mainly used in the technical/occupational areas. Check with your department to see if a test is available. The student must be accepted to the College as a credit student and complete a Credit-By-Examination application form. The cost of the examination is based on the number of credit hours in the course. A maximum of 30 credits earned by examination may be applied toward a degree. The student is responsible for arranging to complete the examination. Students are allowed to attempt credit by examination only once per course. If the student passes the exam, WCC posts the credit with no grade. This credit generally does not transfer to other institutions.

Credit for Prior Learning by Portfolio Review

Students with background experiences or certifications obtained through on-the-job training or apprenticeships, for example, may have this prior learning evaluated for college credit. Students must submit Credit for Prior Learning by Portfolio form to the Student Connection.

The completed Credit for Prior Learning by Portfolio Review form and portfolio of supporting documents will be forwarded by the Student Connection staff to the appropriate department chair.

Normally, a maximum of 20 credits may be accepted in this category (with the exception of students with backgrounds in nursing or apprenticeship training).

Military Training

For an evaluation of service school training, students must submit a military transcript and DD 214 member 4 copy (military discharge papers) unless still on active military duty. The documents must show the exact title of the course, location of the course, and length of the course in weeks. Credit may be granted based on the recommendation of the American Council on Education (ACE). If a course is not evaluated by ACE, no credit is granted. If a course is relevant to a student's occupational degree objective, the program advisor and appropriate dean make a decision as to acceptance and application of credit. Other courses may be accepted as elective credit based on the veteran's program of study at WCC.

Transfer Credit from Other Colleges and Universities

Washtenaw Community College welcomes students who have already successfully completed college level courses.

  • Transfer credit must be from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Courses with a grade of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale will be accepted in transfer. Courses with a grade of "Pass," may be accepted in transfer only if it can be documented that "Pass" represents competency at a 2.0.
  • Remedial or developmental courses are not considered college level and do not transfer.

Students planning to transfer to WCC should have official transcripts from other institutions sent to the Student Records Office. When an official transcript is received, freshman and sophomore level courses are reviewed for credit, provided the student has declared a curriculum (major or program of study). Higher-level credits may be accepted if they correspond to a specific program. Courses which are evaluated to be equivalent to courses offered at WCC are posted on the transcript as the specific course. Courses which are evaluated as college-level but not equivalent to a particular WCC course are posted as elective credit in the appropriate discipline.

Only official transcripts will be evaluated for transfer credit. Credits that appear on an incoming transcript will be considered for transfer only if they represent course work that was completed at the transcript's issuing institution. If course work was completed at several institutions, an official transcript must be received from each institution. The College will accept as official transcripts only incoming transcripts that have appropriate signatures and/or official college seals. Transcripts must mailed directly to the Washtenaw Community College Student Records Office from an issuing institution or sealed if issued to student. All transcripts submitted to WCC for evaluation become the property of WCC. Students will receive notification once the evaluation is completed.

Credits Earned in Foreign Institutions

Students with foreign education credentials should contact one of the members of (NACES) National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (www.naces.org) and request a course-specific evaluation. A course-specific evaluation converts grades, educational experiences, and levels of study into U.S. equivalents. Some of the NACES member credential evaluation services include:

  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., P.O. Box 514070, Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470; e-mail: eval@ece.org
  • World Education Services, Inc., PO Box 5087, Bowling Green Station, New York, NY 10274-5087; e-mail: info@wes.org
  • International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (medically-related credentials), P.O. Box 3665, Culver City, CA 90231-3665; e-mail: info@ierf.org

When WCC receives a NACES evaluation report, the Student Records Office will compare it to the course requirements for the program indicated on the application. If WCC grants credit based on this report, it will become part of the student transcript at WCC.

All official transcripts should be mailed to:

Washtenaw Community College
Attn: Transcript Evaluator Student Records Office
4800 East Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-4800

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