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Students who have completed educational programs or obtained work or training experience may petition the appropriate Division Dean for a waiver for required courses in a particular curriculum. Through subsequent interviews and tests, students may qualify for waiver of curriculum admission requirements, course prerequisites, and courses in a curriculum. The recommendation of the course instructor or counselor is required. Students may substitute equivalent or more sophisticated courses in the same field in any approved curriculum with the approval of the Dean of the instructional division and the Vice-President of Instruction and Student Services provided they can, by previous educational accomplishment or college administered examination, demonstrate the capability for success in the courses requested.

In accordance with Policy 5.6.5.2.e, the physical education requirements for the degree, diploma and certificate programs may be waived for veterans, and the college may grant up to 3 credits of physical education/health credits for basic military training to satisfy the physical education/health credit requirement of the veterans’ curricula.

In addition, students may receive Advanced Standing and credit in courses if they can demonstrate that previous educational study, training, work experience, military service or college administered examination results entitle them to advancement in the courses for a particular curriculum. Approval of the faculty member, division Dean and Vice President of Instruction and Student Services is required. Instructional division faculty will clearly describe and establish the validity of the evaluation process and criteria for awarding credit for prior experiential learning. Student records shall reflect Advanced Standing and applicable source.

      I.        Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing awards credit for competency in subject matter based upon previous academic study or occupational experience. Credits waived will not be included in the computation of the student’s cumulative grade point average. Consequently, the student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) will be based only on courses actually completed at Virginia Highlands Community College.

                                    A.        Advanced Standing may include college credit and advancement based upon individual college participation in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Virginia Highlands Community College participates in the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program by awarding Advanced Standing to entering students who have made 3, 4, or 5 scores on Advanced Placement (A.P.) Tests. Students may receive credit in the academic disciplines listed below in which the A.P. Test is offered. Students planning to transfer are encouraged to check with the transfer institution to confirm acceptance of A.P. credits.

The faculty members of the appropriate academic divisions of the College have established policies for advanced placement in the disciplines listed below. Students should have official A.P. Score Reports sent directly to the Admissions Office in the summer following their senior year of high school. The report is then submitted to the Counselors for evaluation. Upon the Counselor’s recommendation and approval from the Division Dean and Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, the Admissions and Records office posts the awarded credit and notifies the student in writing.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT TEST SCORE POLICIES

EXAMINATION

SCORE

COURSE EXAMINATION

CREDITS

Biology

3, 4 or 5

BIO 101 and 102

8

Chemistry

3, 4 or 5

CHM 111 and 112

8

English: Language & Composition (11th grade)

3, 4 or 5

ENG 111

3

English: Literature and Composition (12th grade)

3

ENG 111

3

English: Literature and Composition (12th grade

4 or 5

ENG 111 and 112

6

English: Language & Composition and Literature and Composition

3, 4 or 5 on each

ENG 111 and 112

6

History: United States

3, 4 or 5

HIS 121 and 122

6

Mathematics: Calculus AB

3, 4 or 5

MTH 173 and 174

10

Government and Politics:
United States

3, 4 or 5

PLS 211 and 212
or PLS 135

6
3

Principles of Psychology

3, 4 or 5

PSY 200

3


The College reserves the right to award advanced placement in other courses on an individual basis. Students who have AP credit scores 3 or higher in a given discipline may petition for credit by contacting the appropriate division counselor.

                                   B.        Credit by Examination is a means of achieving Advanced Standing through satisfactorily demonstrating subject-matter competency on an examination administered by the College. Students may request advanced placement credit by examination if they believe they have mastered a specific body of knowledge. Instructional Faculty in the Academic Division assess the student’s request, administer the appropriate test(s) and/or other assessments designed to measure the student’s competency, and recommend or deny credit based on their findings. The faculty will forward the student’s petition, copies of assessment measures, documented findings and their recommendation to the Division Dean for review. The petition is then forwarded to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services for review. Recommendations are sent to Admissions and Records to be added to the academic record and for official student notification.

                                   C.        Credit by previous completion of college course work, Transfer Credit, is one means of achieving Advanced Standing through an administrative determination by the College that equivalent course coverage has been satisfactorily completed at an accredited post secondary institution. Official transcripts are submitted to the Admissions and Records Office with a student’s request to have the transcript evaluated for credit. The request is forwarded to the appropriate Counselor for evaluation. The Counselor’s recommended evaluation is reviewed by the Division Dean and submitted to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services for approval. Recommendations are sent to Admissions and Records to be added to the academic record and for official student notification.

                                    D.        Credit for Equated Occupational Experience, including experiential learning, is one means of achieving Advanced Standing through an administrative determination by the College that the occupational experience of an individual is at least equivalent to the course(s) and credits to be exempted. If through past experience the student feels that he/she knows the subject matter, the student may request that the instructional faculty in the discipline consider awarding such credit. If the faculty agree that the student has sufficient competency, the instructor may administer an examination to determine and document the extent of the student’s competency. The student and faculty must document demonstrated skills and competencies and submit the request for advanced standing with the faculty’s recommendation to the Division Dean for review. Students may submit portfolios as a means of documenting competency in a given field. The petition is then forwarded to the Vice-President of Instruction and Student Services for review. Recommendations are sent to Admissions and Records to be added to the academic record and for official student notification.

                                 E.        Credit by Advanced Placement is one means of achieving Advanced Standing through the administration of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Tests of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) are designed by The College Board to validate student learning and receive college credit. VHCC serves as an open testing center. General CLEP examinations are 90-minute, objective tests that measure achievement in the liberal arts, English, composition, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and history. Subject examinations measure achievement in specific college level courses. Tests can be scheduled by contacting the Learning Lab in the Division of Library and Instructional Support Services at VHCC. The CLEP registration guide can be obtained from the Learning Lab or by writing to The College Board, Box 1822, Princeton, New Jersey 08541 or www.collegeboard.com/clep .

It is the responsibility of the student to ascertain the acceptability of specific tests for particular courses and in the event the student plans to transfer. Faculty have recommended credit be awarded at VHCC for CLEP as follows:

 

 

 

Subject

Type and Title of CLEP Exams

VHCC Courses

Equated VHCC
Credits

Biology

Subject
(General Biology)

BIO 101
BIO 102

4
4

Chemistry

Subject
(General Chemistry)

CHM 111
CHM 112

4
4

Economics

Subject
(Prin. of Macro-economics)
(Prin. of Micro-economics)

ECO 201
ECO 202

3
3

English

General
(English Composition)
with essay

ENG 111

3

Subject
(American Literature)

ENG 241
ENG 242

3
3

Subject
(English Literature

ENG 243
ENG 244

3
3

Government

Subject
(Amer. Government)

PLS 135
PLS 211
PLS 212

3
3
3

History

Subject
(Western Civilization)

HIS 101
HIS 102

3
3

Mathematics

Subject
(Pre-Calculus I & II)

MTH 163
MTH 164

3
3

(Calculus w/Elementary Functions)

MTH 173
MTH 174

3
3

Allow 2-3 weeks to receive your score report.

 

            F.        Credit may be granted as a means of achieving Advanced Standing through applicable Armed Service School Experiences, and for successful completion of correspondence courses and subject standardized tests (SST) of the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES), formerly the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI). Advanced Standing may also be awarded in accordance with the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Tests of the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) designed by The College Board serve to validate student learning and receive college credit. VHCC no longer serves as a DANTES testing center. DANTES examinations are objective tests measuring achievement in the areas of mathematics; specialties in the social sciences such as human/cultural geography, lifespan development psychology, counseling, anthropology and others; specialties in the business fields such as finance, accounting, business law, organizational behavior, and others; applied technology in the areas of electrical circuits, electronic devices, technical writing and refrigeration technology among others; foreign languages; humanities; and physical science. Students requiring information may contact the Educational Testing Service of The College Board, P. O. Box 6604, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6604.

Official CLEP and DANTES score reports should be submitted to the Admissions and Records office and forwarded to the appropriate Counselor for evaluation. The Counselor’s recommended evaluation is reviewed by the Division Dean and submitted to the Vice-President of Instruction and Student Services for approval. Recommendations are sent to Admissions and Records to be added to the academic record and for official student notification.

VHCC will accept the recommended cut off score for the CLEP and DANTES examination determined by the American Council on Education based on the national 50th percentile. CLEP and DANTES examinations are pass/fail examinations that recommend a P grade for the national 50th percentile cutoff; however, only credit is awarded for Advanced Standing and grades are not posted on the student’s academic record.

        G.        Credit may be granted as a means of achieving Advanced Standing for previous Non-collegiate Education and Training. Students may submit portfolios as a means of documenting competency in a given field. The Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) Examination is a professional, non-collegiate examination accepted for Advanced Standing in Business Technology programs.

The table below specifies the courses recommended for credit to students who present documented evidence of successfully passing the CPS exam and receiving the CPS designation. Students must first complete all other courses required in the Business Technology major (Accounting, Administrative Support Technology, Information Systems Technology, and Management) in which they are seeking an associate degree before these credits are posted on the transcript.

 

CPS

EXAMINATION

RECOMMENDED CREDITS

Part I.

Finance and Business Law
    Business Law
    Macro Economics
    Accounting


3
3
4

Part II.

Office Systems and Administration
    Computer Applications
    Keyboarding
    Office Communications
    Office Procedures


3
3
1
3
3

Part III.

Management
    Intro. to Management/Prin. of Management
    Human Relations
    Human Resource Management (regulation of employment included)



3
3
3

Up to 32 Total Credits are available


The above recommendation for the three-part CPS Examination is included in the ACE Guide to Educational Credit by Examination.

        H.        Currently licensed LPNs who have been accepted to the nursing program may be offered the option of entering a summer Bridge Program - providing they have completed all the general education courses required for the LPN to RN bridge program. Applicants must have graduated from an approved LPN program after May 15, 2012 OR provide documentation of one year (2,000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification from employer at the time of application. LPNs enrolled in the bridge program option will take four nursing courses in the summer semester and then move directly into the second year of the program in the fall semester.

             I.        The College will consider awarding credit for scores of 5, 6 or 7 on most higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations subject to the review and approval of the appropriate departments. Not credit will be awarded for standard-level examinations. To receive credit for IB exams, students must have official results sent to the Admissions Office.


The specific decisions regarding awarding credits will be made on a case by case basis by the appropriate academic divisions. The transferability of these credits to other two and four year colleges varies widely. Each college sets its own policy on required scores and credits awarded. When developing academic plans, students need to consult with their proposed transfer institution.

     II.        Administration of Advanced Standing

The following criteria regulate Advanced Standing credit:

                         A.        Students must petition in writing for Advance Standing and must provide official documentation as requested by faculty.

                         B.        The determination of such credit must be made by qualified faculty at Virginia Highlands Community College and according to procedures and standards approved by the faculty to ensure that assessment procedures are appropriate for the credit awarded.

                        C.        If documentation and interviews are used in lieu of examinations; the faculty must demonstrate that these methods provide assurances of academic comparability to credit earned by traditional means.

                        D.        Prior experiential learning may be awarded for no more than 25% of the credit hours applied toward a degree. This policy specifically applies to Sections B, Credit by Examination and Section D, Credit for Equated Occupational Experience By policy, residency requirements dictate that students must complete 25% of their course work at the institution granting an Associate Degree.

                         E.        Virginia Highlands Community College will award credit only:

1.     For documented learning which ties the prior experience to the theories and data of the relevant academic field, 

2.     To matriculated students. Credit will be posted on the student’s academic transcript as Advanced Standing credit and upon request from another institution, VHCC will document how such learning was evaluated and the basis on which such credit was awarded.

 

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