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Admission as a Transfer Student
Admission may be granted to a student who took courses equivalent to those at Wiley College while attending another college/university and withdrew in good standing from the institution. The courses being transferred for credit toward a degree at Wiley College must have been completed at an accredited college or university. The student must submit a transcript from the last college attended. The transfer student applicant also must complete the regular Application for Admission and meet the admission requirements of Wiley College, except that the transfer student must only attest to having graduated from high school or completed the GED by indicating that on the application.
Applications are encouraged from students who have completed courses or programs at two-year accredited colleges. Students with an Associate of Arts degree are credited with completion of all general education requirements toward graduation. Holders of other associate degrees or certificates must meet all general education requirements as any other transfer student.
Undue delay may be prevented if the official transcript and application for admission are submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to the opening of the session in which the student wishes to enter. New and transfer students whose credentials have failed to reach the College by the 12th class day will be administratively withdrawn. Transcripts and other supporting data will not be returned to the applicant.
Wiley College accepts course credit earned at institutions fully accredited by their regional accrediting association. Credit earned at colleges and universities that have become candidates for accreditation by a regional association is acceptable in a manner similar to that from regionally accredited colleges, if the credit is applicable to a degree program at Wiley College. In addition, the following guidelines are used by the College to determine whether transfer credit will be accepted:
- Official transcripts will be evaluated and course transfer credits may be granted provided the courses are applicable to the Wiley College degree. College catalogs from the previous institution may be requested from students. The evaluation is made using only official transcripts sent directly to the College from the last college attended or hand delivered in an original, sealed envelope which bears the official school seal. Electronic transcripts submitted from the last college attended are accepted as official transcripts. Transcripts that are faxed, marked "student copy" or "unofficial" are not accepted.
- Credit will be accepted for individual courses for which a grade of S (Satisfactory), P (Pass) or C or better was earned.
- No more than 15 credits will be awarded for dual credit courses (college courses taken while concurrently enrolled in high school or GED program). Combined dual credit and Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate will be limited to 30 semester credit hours.
- Courses must be college level and not remedial or developmental.
- Credit for non-traditional learning experiences such as the armed services will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) and as described in this Catalog for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). In awarding credit for non-traditional learning, the College will review and evaluate documents such as certificates, publications, test scores, licenses, job performance appraisals, and the like and award credit if the assessment identifies the learning as creditable, relevant and college level.
- Academic departments have the right to impose limits on the age and grade level of transfer credit courses.
- When a transfer course is repeated at one or more institutions the credit and grade for the course with the higher grade is counted in the transfer and cumulative GPAs.
- Transfer credit is evaluated on a course by course basis. Based on total transferable credits, students transferring to Wiley College with an Associate of Arts degree or 60+ credit hours prior to matriculation are exempt from the Freshman Seminar (2 credit hours) general education requirement.
- Adult degree-completion program and evening and weekend students are exempt from the Freshman Seminar (2 credit hours) and the Physical Education (2 credit hours) general education requirements.
- Students transferring to Wiley College with 30-59 credits prior to matriculation are exempt from one credit hour of the Freshman Seminar and one credit hour of the Physical Education general education requirements.
- If the credits being transferred were awarded in quarter credit hours, the credits will be converted to semester hour equivalents using the ratio of 3.0 quarter credit hours equal 2.0 semester credit hours. If the credit hours for a parallel course are less than those granted by the college, the course will not be accepted for transfer. The student may receive credit by examination, if applicable.
- A transfer course must closely parallel courses in the student's chosen curriculum as offered by Wiley College. Unrelated courses may be transferred to meet elective degree requirements as determined by the academic division granting the degree.
- When a student changes his/her major or concentration, all transfer credits will be evaluated based on the new program requirements.
- International students requesting transfer of credit courses from foreign institutions of higher education must present official records in the original language accompanied by a certified English translation of all non-English language transcripts. Translations must be literal and complete. Course evaluations must be obtained through an approved US foreign credential evaluation service. Faxed documents are not accepted.
- After enrollment at Wiley College as a regular matriculated student, permission must be obtained before taking a course at another institution for the purpose of meeting degree or general education requirements at Wiley College. Affected students should consult with their major field advisor and division dean and submit the appropriate application form to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval. Courses taken without prior approval may not be transferable to Wiley College.
Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)
Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) or Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is any learning, knowledge or skills acquired prior to enrollment at a post-secondary institution and assessed for the purpose of awarding college credit. Creditable documentation must be assembled, organized, and prepared in the form of a portfolio delineating separately each activity submitted for possible credit. It is information (learning, knowledge, skills and competencies) one attains as a result of experiences, including volunteer service, travel and employment as well as non-credit courses and independent studies. Wiley College's guidelines for CPL may be obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs.
Quality assurance standards used to assess prior learning for credit must meet the following criteria:
- Credit is awarded for learning and not for the experience alone.
- Credit is awarded only for college-level learning.
- Credit is awarded only in the context appropriate for it.
- Competency levels and credit awards are made only by subject matter experts.
- Credit is not awarded twice for the same learning experience.
- Full disclosure is made regarding policies and procedures used to make the assessment.
Credit for Military Service
Veterans with at least one year of military service may be allowed a maximum of six (6) semester hour credits in health and physical education in accordance with the recommendations of the Commission on Accreditation of Service Experiences. In addition, if a veteran is seeking admission to the College's Evening and Weekend Program, including the Organizational Management, Criminal Justice Administration, and post-baccalaureate programs, the candidate may qualify for credit for prior learning experiences. Veterans should submit official copies of service records for evaluation prior to initial matriculation.
Granting of academic credit for military service school experiences will be guided by the evaluations prepared by the American Council on Education and published in the "Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services."
Transfer Credit Appeal Process
Students who do not agree with the college's decision on the granting or placement of credit earned at a prior institution have the right to submit an appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
For more information on how to complete your application, review these guidelines.