PURPOSE: To identify the means, requirements, restrictions, and processes that pertain to the awarding of advanced standing credit at Trident Technical College.
I. TYPES OF CREDIT
Students may fulfill up to 75% of program requirements through advanced standing credit; however, no more than 25% of program requirements are attainable 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. In awarding transfer credit, TTC considers equivalency of course content, quality, level, credit/contact hours, and program relevance. The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ “Transfer Credit Practices of Educational Institutions” serves as a guide for evaluation of transfer credit. For transfer credit consideration, students must submit official transcripts of previous college course work to TTC’s Admissions 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 Advanced Placement Examinations.
- INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE.
Students may receive TTC credit for scores of 4 or higher on International Baccalaureate Examinations.
- EXAMINATION CREDIT.
Advanced standing through examination credit is subject to the following limitations:
- The college grants up to 16 semester credit hours (but no more than 25% of the program requirements) of Excelsior College, CLEP, DANTES DSST, or PONSI credit.
- Students must submit an official score report to the Registrar's office.
- Students may retest three months after the original test date of a CLEP or 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.
- 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 three months after the original test date.
TTC grants credit to students for selected Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES DSSTs) 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 (when applicable to the curriculum). 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 evaluates 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. TTC follows Procedure 16-1-9, "Credit Through Experiential Learning" in awarding credit for formal business and industry training.
- EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING.
Refer to TTC Procedure 16-1-9, "Credit Through Experiential Learning."
- EXCELSIOR COLLEGE EXAMINATIONS.
- II. ACCREDITATION
- Trident Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 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. The Commission on Colleges should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the college's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.
TTC accepts coursework completed from an approved, regionally accredited post-secondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education.
III. 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 either equivalent or 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.
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. If the department head denies the student's request, the student has the right to appeal to the dean.
Students can view their advanced standing equivalencies online via TTC Express in the my.tridenttech.edu student portal.
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 requires that all transfer students meet the following graduation residency standards:
- The student must complete a minimum of 25% of the program requirements at TTC.
- Students pursuing a diploma or an associate degree through the Servicesmembers Opportunities College (SOC), or the Home Program must comply with the terms of those contracts.