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BASED ON POLICY NUMBER AND TITLE
PURPOSE: To identify the means, requirements, restrictions, and processes that pertain to the awarding of advanced standing credit at Trident Technical College.
- TYPES OF CREDIT
Students may fulfill up to 75% of program requirements through advanced standing credit; however, no more than 25% of program requirements can be met through advanced standing test credit. Students may earn credit in any of the following ways:
- COLLEGE TRANSFER CREDIT.
Students may receive transfer credit for courses successfully completed at regionally accredited colleges and universities. TTC will consider credit for coursework taken at non-regionally accredited institutions on a case-by-case basis. In awarding transfer credit, TTC considers equivalency of course content, quality, level, hours and program relevance. The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ “Transfer Credit Practices of Educational Institutions” serves as a guide for acceptance of transfer credit. For transfer credit consideration, students must submit official transcripts of previous college course work to TTC’s Registrar’s office and may be required to provide additional documentation. TTC awards transfer credit only when the grade is C- or higher or when the sending institution confirms that the grade (P for example) is equivalent to a C- or higher. Transfer credit will not be included in the calculation of GPA at TTC.
- ADVANCED PLACEMENT.
Students may receive TTC credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5 on selected Advanced Placement Examinations.
- INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE.
Students may receive TTC credit for scores of 4 or higher on selected International Baccalaureate Examinations.
- TECH PREP.
Certain courses taken in high schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties may qualify for advanced standing credit. To receive credit, students must have earned a grade of 85 or higher in these courses and have enrolled at TTC in a related program of study within 15 months following high school graduation. Students must make sure that the high school forwards the official high school transcripts attached to a Student Articulation Record form. TTC's academic advisors, in turn, must verify that the student has met all Tech Prep admission requirements before awarding credit. Other requirements may apply; the student should consult with the appropriate academic advisor
Advanced standing through examination credit is subject to the following limitations:
- The college grants up to 16 semester credit hours (but no more than one-fourth of the total hours
required to complete curriculum) of Excelsior College, CLEP, DANTES DSST, or PONSI credit.
- Students must verify that official test score reports are on file in the Registrar's office prior to the
start of the semester that the Registrar's Office grants the requested credit.
- Students may retest six months after the original test date of a CLEP exam.
- Students may retest three months after the original test date of a DANTES DSSTs exam.
- TTC will not grant credit for a course previously attempted at Trident Technical College (including withdrawals). Awarded Advanced Standing credits will not affect a student's grade point average.
- TTC does not guarantee that Advanced Standing credit awarded for required TTC courses will transfer
to other institutions.
E. EXCELSIOR COLLEGE EXAMINATIONS.
TTC grants credit for selected college-level Excelsior College examinations.
TTC grants credit to students for selected College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations with satisfactory scores. Official score reports must be on
file in the Registrar's office for a student to receive credit. Students have the option of retesting a CLEP exam six months after the original test date.
TTC grants credit to students for selected Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES DDSTs) with satisfactory scores. Official score
reports must be on file in the Registrar's office prior to granting credit. Students have the option of retesting a DANTES exam three months after the original test date.
TTC grants credit for selected formal military coursework and training. TTC uses the credit recommendations of the American
Council on Education’s Guide for the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services to evaluate both military
classroom and experiential training.
TTC grants credit for formal business and industry training based on recommendations contained in the National Guide to
Educational Credit for Training Programs. The American Council on Education’s Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored
Instruction (ACE/PONSI) produces this guide. Applications for advanced credits are available in the Registrar's Office. Refer
to TTC Procedure 16-1-9, "Credit Through Experiential Learning.
J. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING.
Refer to TTC Procedure 16-1-9, "Credit Through Experiential Learning."
Trident Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Trident Technical College. TTC recognizes coursework completed from an approved, regionally accredited post secondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Vice President for Academic Services will make any exception to this guideline on a case-to-case basis.
III. REQUIRED ADMISSIONS DOCUMENTS
- TTC Admissions Application must be on file.
- Students must submit official college transcripts from each college attended.
- Active duty military or veterans must submit official copies of DD295, Naval Service Record page 4, and/or DD214, Community College of the Air Force transcript, or an Army/American Council of Education Registry Transcript.
- Official score reports for Advanced Placement, CLEP, DANTES, and IB examinations (if applicable).
IV. ADVANCED STANDING PROCESS
- Upon receipt of official documentation, the Registrar's office will automatically award transfer credits listed in TTC’s transfer equivalency database. For credits not listed in the transfer equivalency database, the Registrar’s office, in conjunction with Academic Affairs, will evaluate, award, and enter equivalency information in the transfer equivalency database. TTC may award both equivalent and non-equivalent course credits.
Upon receipt of the military documentation the Registrar’s office will automatically award transfer credits listed in TTC’s transfer equivalency database. For credits not listed in the transfer equivalency database, the Registrar’s office, in conjunction with Academic Affairs, will evaluate, award, and enter equivalency information in the transfer equivalency database. TTC may award both equivalent and non-equivalent course credits.
- Other Credit
For AP, CLEP, DANTES and IB examinations, the Registrar's office automatically awards credit upon receipt of qualifying score reports.
For TECH PREP credit, the Registrar's office awards credit upon receiving from the division dean a completed Advanced Standing form with appropriate documentation. (The Articulation Manual for Technical Advanced Placement outlines detailed TECH PREP procedures.)
A student may request a re-evaluation of transfer credit not awarded by submitting a course syllabus and/or other pertinent documentation to the appropriate academic department head, whose decision is final.
Students can view their advanced standing equivalencies online via TTC Express.
TTC does not compute transfer hours or grades in the student’s grade point average (GPA). Therefore, the college accepts all transfer students in good standing, without regard to records of disciplinary or academic standing at the previous institution(s). TTC transcripts will show the transfer credit awarded.
TTC requires that all transfer students meet the following graduation residency standards:
- The student must complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required by the program at TTC.
- Students pursuing a diploma or an associate degree through the SOCNAV, SOCCoast, or the Home Program must comply with the terms of those contracts.
Updated March 23, 2009
Updated February 21, 2012