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Comprehensive Standards 3.4.4

Last Updated Aug 11, 2004
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Comprehensive Standards 3.4.4:

The institution has a defined and published policy for evaluating and awarding credit for transfer, experiential learning, advanced placement, and professional certificates that is consistent with its mission and ensures that course work and learning outcomes are collegiates level and comparable to the institution's own degree programs.

The Institution Certifies Compliance: Yes

Compliance report completed by: Audit Team 17

Statement of Rationale for Judgment of Compliance:

As a doctoral degree-granting urban research university, the University of Memphis awards credit for courses taken at other institutions (transfer credit), experiential learning, advanced placement exams, and professional certificates. Awarding such credit is consistent with the mission statement that the university is "committed to excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; in the service to the metropolitan community, State, and nation." [1]

Transfer Credit

Credit from post-secondary institutions will be granted and applied toward undergraduate degree requirements only when it is for courses that are substantially equivalent to those offered at the UofM. The office of the dean of each college has the authority for determining the use of acceptable credit toward specific degree programs in the college. [2]

The UofM has articulation agreements with area two-year schools and other Tennessee four-year institutions. [3]

Graduate credit previously earned at another institution must be presented for evaluation to the student's major professor. [4]

The UofM Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law accepts applications from any student who has earned at least one full year of law credit and is in good standing at a law school on the approved list of the American Bar Association (ABA) at the time of transfer. Applicants are evaluated on a number of criteria, including the applicant’s law school transcript, law school class rank, LSAT score, undergraduate transcript and grade point average, admissibility under the presumptive standards applicable to the most recent entering class, the reason for transfer, and the number of places available in the class. Transfer decisions will be made and communicated to the candidates as soon as an applicant’s file is determined to be complete. Those students accepted for advanced standing are provided with a transfer evaluation form detailing transfer work accepted and requirements left to fulfill. The dean of the law school or a designee reviews transfer admission applications and evaluates transfer work. [5]

Experiential Learning

Students seeking undergraduate degrees in the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the College of Education, and the University College may be granted credit for college level knowledge and understanding related to the student's major area of study and gained from work experience, life experience, or non-college instruction. The student who wants assessment of such leaning prepares a portfolio that describes and documents the learning. Portfolios are assessed by faculty who teach in that area. [6]

Experiential learning credit is not assessed for graduate degrees.

Advanced Placement Credit

The UofM participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Appropriate credit is awarded for scores of 3, 4, or 5. Advanced placement credit may apply to certain university requirements and to major requirements. [7]

Relevant Organizational Unit(s):

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Services

Supporting Documentation and Evidence:

[1] UofM Mission Statement
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UofM Undergraduate Bulletin, Transfer Credit

Using Transfer Courses for University General Education Program Credit

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[3] Articulation Agreements
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[4] UofM Graduate Bulletin, Transfer Credit
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[5] UofM Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Bulletin, Transfer Credit
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[6] UofM Undergraduate Bulletin, Credit for Experiential Learning by Assessment
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UofM Undergraduate Bulletin, Advanced Placement Credit

Office of Admissions, Advanced Placement

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