Academic Regulations and Policies
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.
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
Council on Education
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.
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.
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
- Construct a portfolio containing lifetime/work learning
applicable to the student learning outcomes of a course in the Viterbo
- 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
- 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.
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
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.
who enter Viterbo University with advanced preparation in Spanish may receive
from four to 14 retroactive credits provided –
student takes a placement exam to determine appropriate class level
grade of C or better is earned in the student’s first university course above
the 101 level
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.
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.