Comprehensive Standard 3.4.8: Noncredit to credit
The institution awards academic credit for course work taken on a noncredit basis only when there is documentation that the noncredit course work is equivalent to a designated credit experience.
Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Regulation 6.020, College Credit for Online Courses Completed Prior to Initial Enrollment, requires state universities, including the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF Sarasota-Manatee), to provide college credit for online courses completed prior to initial enrollment at the request of the student under specified conditions. These conditions include the following: “university faculty have determined the online course content and learning outcomes to be comparable to a course offered at the institution; online courses meet the quality and accreditation standards intended for a transfer course; and the subject area faculty have determined that the online course is relevant to the student’s intended program of study.”
In response to Regulation 6.010, USF System Policy 10-071 prescribes the policy and process steps for the evaluation of online college-level courses prior to initial enrollment in undergraduate education for determining if credit might be awarded. Regarding awarding credit for courses not receiving credit at a previous institution, the policy authorizes the following procedures:
If the online college coursework did not result in credit awarded by the institution offering the online course or if the transferability of the work is not clear, the students must provide the following information for evaluation of the work by qualified faculty:
1. A syllabus for the course;
2. Credentials of the faculty teaching the course;
3. Course objectives and learning outcomes for the course; and
4. Other information requested by the subject area faculty member to determine demonstrated mastery of course learning outcomes and competencies.
This USF System policy was promulgated on August 24, 2015; therefore, USF Sarasota-Manatee has not had an opportunity yet to show its use in practice.
USF Sarasota-Manatee does not award academic credit for experiential learning, professional certificates, or course work that is determined to be occupational or vocational in nature. Students have the right to appeal through USF Sarasota-Manatee Admissions in collaboration with the Colleges and to the Statewide Articulation Coordinating Committee, if they feel that the University has incorrectly evaluated their transfer credits.
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