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Compliance Certification Report
Comprehensive Standards 3.4.8


Last Updated August 13, 2004
(static edition)


Comprehensive Standards 3.4.8:

The institution awards academic credit for course work taken on a noncredit basis only when there is documentation that the noncredit course work is equivalent to a designated credit experience.

The Institution Certifies Compliance: Yes

Compliance report completed by: Audit Team 19

Statement of Rationale for Judgment of Compliance:

The University of Memphis may award undergraduate academic credit for course work taken on a non-credit basis. [1] The student requesting the credit has a transcript sent to the UofM directly from the issuing institution. The Office of Admissions consults American Council on Education (ACE)-approved reference guides to locate the course and the type of academic credit recommended by ACE. [2] If the noncredit course is not in the reference guides, the student may request the appropriate department to review the course and make a determination as to the amount or type of academic credit for the course. In all cases, when academic credit is assigned to a noncredit course, the academic credit is “unassigned" elective credit.

There are two instances in which noncredit courses may receive academic credit:

  • Military training in the Armed Services of the United States. Veterans of the active armed services may be granted credit for educational experiences in the armed services. Guidelines for this decision are drawn from the current Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experience in the Armed Services. [3] Veterans must submit official documentation of completion of military training to the Office of Admissions for evaluation. The Graduate School only accepts such courses for admission purposes.

  • Credit for non-collegiate-sponsored instruction or training. Credit may be awarded for non-collegiate sponsored instruction offered by corporations, associations, labor unions, government agencies, and training providers that have been evaluated by the National Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction and recommended in the College Credit Recommendations, which is available on the web to subscribers as CCR-Online. [4] The Graduate School does not award credit for this kind of instruction.


Relevant Organizational Unit(s):

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


Supporting Documentation and Evidence:

[1] UofM Undergraduate Bulletin, Credit for Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction
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[2] National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs
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[3] Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services
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[4] National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction
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