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    Chattanooga State Technical Community College
  Jan 21, 2018

02:07:00 Alternative Sources of Credit

  1. College credit for prior learning may be given to students who demonstrate satisfactory achievement and proficiency by:
    1. Credit by National Examination
      1. Chattanooga State awards credit for successful completion of the following nationally recognized college-level examinations offered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB):
    2. Advanced Placement (AP)
      1. AP tests are given to 11th and 12th grade students. Scores must be 3+ to receive credit.
    3. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
      1. CLEP scores must be at the 50th percentile to get credit. Chattanooga State's Testing Center arranges the tests. Students who have taken CLEP exams elsewhere should have official scores sent to the Records Office for evaluation.
        1. Credits earned by testing appear on the student's transcript with a grade of "CE," which carries no quality points and is not included in the student's GPA.
        2. No limit is set on the number of hours that can be earned by AP or CLEP other than the restrictions imposed by the Graduation Residency Requirement.
        3. Transfer program students should talk to their intended college or university about accepting AP and/or CLEP credit.
    4. Credit By Departmental Examination
      1. See division offices for details.
  2. Conditions and Restrictions:
    1. The student must be currently enrolled in credit work at Chattanooga State and have 2.5 cumulative GPA.
    2. The student must show the academic department he/she has the knowledge, skills, and/or competencies covered by the course. Permission to take a proficiency exam may be denied if the department decides the student's request is invalid. The department's decision is final.
    3. Proficiency examinations may validate credits taken at unaccredited institutions. Students must show by official transcript that the credits were previously earned.
    4. The regular course fee is charged for each test, in addition to maintenance fees paid for courses in which the student is actually registered (even if the student is full-time).
    5. Proficiency tests may not be used to repeat coursework or to remove a grade of "I" or "F."
    6. A student may take the proficiency test for a specific course only once.
    7. No limit is set on the total number of credits that can be earned by examination other than the restrictions imposed by the specific division/department guidelines.
    8. Proficiency examinations are not available for all courses.
  3. Credit for Life Experience
    1. Credit for Life Experience is reserved for knowledge and competencies that do not fit elsewhere. Life Experience credit may not be requested by a student who has taken the courses(s), but earned less than a "C." (Refer to the College Catalog for specific guidelines) Credit for Life Experience Fee-A non-refundable assessment fee is required. An additional fee is charged for credit awarded above three hours.
  4. E. Military Service Credit
    1. Chattanooga State may give credit for military science to students with six or more months of honorable active service in the United States Armed Forces or in a service academy. Chattanooga State policy permits granting credit for appropriate educational experience in the armed services in accordance with evaluation in the American Council on Education Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experience in the Armed Services or by the commission on the accreditation of service experiences evaluation service. Chattanooga State also gives credit for many correspondence courses completed through USAFI. Veterans should apply to the Records Office with supporting documents of their previous training.
    2. Students with an honorable discharge and a valid DD 214 form can receive physical education activity credit. One credit is allowed for each six months of service to a maximum of two credits. American Council on Education (ACE).
    3. Chattanooga State may give credit for appropriate educational experience listed in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs sponsored by the American Council on Education. The program is national in scope, and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is a participating agency. Each request will be considered on its own merit and must have the approval from the appropriate division.

Source: CSCC 2000-2001 catalog

Approved: Executive Staff, 05/20/09
Approved: President's Cabinet, 05/20/09
Approved: President, 05/20/09
Reviewed and Revised by: Academic Affairs, 03/20/09