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2013–2014 Undergraduate Catalog

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Academic Regulations and Policies

Alternative Credit

Exam or alternative credit work taken within the last 10 years ago will be accepted. Individual schools or departments may also require that exam equivalent coursework in the major be current with academic and professional standards. Viterbo University will accept a maximum of 45 credits from American Council on Education (ACE) recommended work, Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES), College Level Examination Program, Advanced Placement Examination, International Baccalaureate, or Credit for Prior Learning.

Advanced Placement

Viterbo University participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program whereby high school students may enroll in advanced high school courses, take the AP exam and receive college credit (with the appropriate score). The student must be enrolled as a degree seeking student at Viterbo University to receive credit. The Advanced Placement course equivalency policy is on the registrar’s office’s Web page for further information.

American Council on Education

Viterbo University will grant credit for educational experiences evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE). Viterbo University will accept a maximum of 45 credits from American Council on Education (ACE) recommended work, DANTES, or College Level Examination Program.

Credit by Examination

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national program administered through the College Board. Viterbo follows The American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines and recommendations for minimum scores for awarding credit in subject examinations. There is a fee for each examination. Currently enrolled students or incoming students who enroll the subsequent semester may register for exams. Students should visit the Academic Resource Center Web page for information about CLEP test dates. The CLEP course equivalency policy is on the registrar’s office’s Web page for further information.

Credit for Prior Learning

The credit for prior learning (portfolio) program is for students in a bachelor degree completion program or a master’s degree program who feel they have significant college-relevant learning from lifetime / work experience applicable toward college credit. The portfolio process must be completed during a student’s first calendar year of enrollment. A limit of 15 credits may be earned by portfolio. To participate in the credit for prior learning program a student must:

  • Be currently enrolled.
  • Meet with the program director/coordinator to get instructions and make a plan for completing the portfolio.
  • Complete Parts A and B of the Application for Credit for Prior Learning, and submit the portfolio review fee to the Business Office (obtaining their signature in Part C of the Application for Credit for Prior Learning.
  • Construct a portfolio containing lifetime/work learning applicable to the student learning outcomes of a course in the Viterbo University catalog.
  • Submit the portfolio to the program director/coordinator.  The portfolio will be sent to the appropriate faculty reviewer(s) for evaluation.
  • Upon receipt of the Application for Credit for Prior Learning with parts D and E completed by the faculty reviewer(s), and approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA), the program director/coordinator will notify you of the decision.
  • Take the Application for Credit for Prior Learning to the Business Office and pay the portfolio fees for each credit approved by the faculty reviewer.
  • Submit the completed application form, with all required signatures, to the Registrar’s office so the approved credits can be awarded.

Students who would like to know more about credit for prior learning are encouraged to contact their program director or coordinator.

International Baccalaureate Program

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is recognized by Viterbo University for purposes of admission and course credit. The university awards credit for higher-level IBP examinations (with the appropriate score) according to the respective academic department. The student must enroll as a degree-seeking student at Viterbo University. The CLEP course equivalency policy is on the registrar’s office’s Web page for further information.

National College Credit Recommendation Service

Viterbo University will grant credit for education experiences based on evaluation by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (CCRS), formerly, the National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI). National CCRS administers a system that evaluates courses and educational programs conducted by non-collegiate organizations nationwide and recommends to colleges and universities that they grant credit when learning experiences are found comparable to college-level instruction. Viterbo University will accept a maximum of 45 credits from American Council on Education (ACE) recommended work, DANTES, or College Level Examination Program.

Retroactive Spanish Credit

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Students who enter Viterbo University with advanced preparation in Spanish may receive from four to 14 retroactive credits provided –

  • the student takes a placement exam to determine appropriate class level
  • a grade of C or better is earned in the student’s first university course above the 101 level

Retroactive credits will appear on a student’s transcript after the grading deadline of the term in which the first university course above the 101 level was completed and the minimum grade was achieved. The retroactive credits granted may be used toward fulfilling the B.A. degree requirement as well as toward the Spanish major or minor requirements.

A student who has received college credit for a Spanish course taken while in high school (through Advanced Placement, Youth Options, or other cooperative agreements between secondary and post secondary schools), or received Viterbo transfer credit for a course taken at another college or university may not take the placement exam or be awarded retroactive language credits.