The institution publishes policies that include criteria for evaluating, awarding and accepting credit for transfer, experiential learning,
credit by examination, advanced placement, and professional certificates that is consistent with its mission and ensures that course work and learning outcomes are at the collegiate level and comparable to the institution’s own degree programs. The institution assumes responsibility for the academic quality of any course work or credit recorded on the institution’s transcript. 

Compliance Judgment:  In compliance

Narrative

East Carolina University (hereafter, ECU or the institution) assumes responsibility for the academic quality of any course work or credit recorded on an ECU transcript. 

East Carolina University has defined and published policies for evaluating, awarding and accepting credit for transfer, experiential learning, advanced placement, and professional certificates that are consistent with its mission and ensures that course work and learning outcomes are at the collegiate level and comparable to the institution’s own degree program. The policies are published in the following locations:

Policies for the Acceptance of Transfer Credit at the Undergraduate Level

Undergraduate transfer credit is granted only from regionally accredited colleges and universities.  The following policy statement published in the Undergraduate Catalog--“Credit by Transfer” describes criteria for evaluating and awarding work or credit recorded on transcripts at East Carolina University:

Upon Admission

A student transferring to the university from another regionally accredited college or university will have transcripts evaluated by the Office of Admissions during the admissions process. Credit will be awarded for all transferable courses for which a grade of C or better was earned. Students are allowed to request a re-evaluation of transfer courses by consulting with their academic advisor. It is only upon the review by the academic unit of the course being considered for re-evaluation that the student will know what additional courses are necessary to meet degree requirements. All courses and grades transferred become a part of the student's transcript. Although transfer grades are not counted in a student's ECU GPA, courses in which the student received a grade of D or F will be used in the calculation of the GPA for degrees with distinction.

Policies for the acceptance of undergraduate credit for Advanced Placement (AP), College-level Examination Program (CLEP), College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB), Defense Activity Nontraditional Educational Support (DANTES), IB, and Credit for Experience are published in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Contractual Agreements

As a constituent campus of the University of North Carolina, East Carolina University has entered into the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System (CAA), a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between North Carolina community colleges and the University of North Carolina system’s public universities. This agreement was approved by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges in 1996, with 13 subsequent revisions demonstrating its continuous review. The CAA provides certain assurances to the transferring student; for example, the CAA identifies community college courses that are appropriate for transfer as electives. Courses that will satisfy pre-major and general education requirements are also specified. In spring 2012, the University of North Carolina formed a Joint Review Committee for the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, co-chaired by ECU Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Marilyn Sheerer.

In addition, East Carolina University has entered into specific articulation agreements with specialized programs in other institutions.  These articulation agreements are published in the University of North Carolina  Bilateral Agreement Inventory by University of North Carolina—North Carolina Community College System and University of North Carolina and by the North Carolina Community College System Bilateral Agreements and maintained in the ECU Office of Academic Programs.  The University Bilateral Agreements Committee (UBAC) reviews all articulation agreements against the mission of the East Carolina University.  Every agreement is approved by the academic dean and the provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs according to the policies and procedures stated in the Approval and Review of Bilateral Agreements regulation.   This agreement includes UBAC’s charge, review criteria, membership (4 faculty and 3 administrators), and approval process.

Copies of ECU’s articulation agreements are provided in the list of ECU Articulation Agreements.

Policies for the Acceptance of Academic Credit at the Graduate Level

The graduate catalog has a clearly defined policy limiting the acceptance of transfer credit at the graduate level. Up to 20% of credits hours in a graduate program may be transferred from another approved and regionally accredited school, but no credits may be accepted towards completion of graduate certificates. East Carolina University does not award credit for experiential learning.  Criteria for evaluating and awarding course work or graduate credit recorded on transcripts at East Carolina University are published in the Graduate Catalog as follows:

Graduate-level course work taken elsewhere is not automatically applicable to a graduate degree program at East Carolina University. Applicants for admission must indicate clearly on application forms their attendance at other graduate-level institutions and petition college, school, or departmental advisors to apply such earned credits to their programs. College, school, or departmental petitions for application of transfer credit must be approved by the Graduate School. Ordinarily the Graduate School will approve the application of graduate course transfer credit only if (1) the college, school, or department so recommends; (2) the graduate credit was earned at a regionally accredited institution; (3) the student was admitted to a formal graduate degree program at the time the credit was earned with a minimum final course grade of B; and (4) the credit can be satisfactorily incorporated within the applicable time frame for completion of all degree requirements. Official transcripts which will provide adequate evidence to support such petitions must be supplied.

Students who have been admitted to the Graduate School at East Carolina University may enroll at other regionally accredited graduate-level institutions for course work which is applicable to their programs provided they have obtained advance permission from the ECU college, school, or graduate program director and the dean of the graduate school. Forms for permission to take course work elsewhere may be downloaded from the Graduate School Web site. Such transfer work is included in the 20 percent maximum application of such credit to degree programs. Transfer credit for short courses or workshops can be obtained only at the rate of 1 semester hour of credit for each calendar week of course attendance; concurrent enrollment in two or more short courses or workshops is not permitted.

While up to 20 percent of the credit hours in a graduate program may be earned in any regionally accredited college, no credit hours completed as part of a previously earned master's degree can be counted toward a second master's degree. No transfer credit from another institution will be counted toward the completion of a certificate program at East Carolina University with the exception of courses offered as part of a certificate program with a collaborating institution. Master's degree students in business administration, public administration, and social work and doctoral students are governed by statements in degree requirements. For more information about degree requirements, view Curricula in the Graduate Catalog.

Acceptance of Credit by Examination in Graduate Programs

Some colleges, schools, and departments offer graduate course credit by examination according to policies adopted by such colleges, schools, and departments and the regulations described below. Not more than 20 percent of a degree or certificate of advanced study (CAS) program may be earned through credit by examination, and credit thus earned is not counted as residence credit.

Graduate students who are currently enrolled, and who have been accepted in a nondoctoral degree or CAS program, may receive credit by examination for a course in which they have not been enrolled for either credit or audit. This requires approval by the appropriate dean of a college, director of a professional school, or by the chairperson of a department in Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and finally by the dean of the Graduate School. Appropriate forms are available in the Graduate School and on the Graduate School website

In advance of the examination, successful petitioners must pay to the university cashier a nonrefundable fee per semester hour. The forms, bearing the receipt of the cashier, must be shown to the instructor conducting the examination who, in turn, must report the grade to the registrar and the dean of the Graduate School. The examination must be conducted within one week following approval of the petition by the dean of the Graduate School.

The following departments and schools do not offer credit by examination: English, geography, history, political science, music, and nursing.


Master’s degree students in business administration, public administration, and social work, and doctoral students are governed by statements in the respective degree requirements.

Policies for the Acceptance of Transfer Credit in the School of Dental Medicine and Brody School of Medicine

The School of Dental Medicine does not accept transfer credit.  This policy is published on the school’s website and reads as follows:   “Given the structure of the Doctor of Dental Medicine curriculum, the School of Dental Medicine does not accept applications from individuals seeking to transfer from another dental school.”

The Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) publishes its transfer credit policy in three locations:

1.       The FAQ section of the admissions website

2.       The Brody School of Medicine Bulletin

3.       The Brody School of Medicine Brochure

The transfer credit policy reads as follows:

Advanced standing opportunity at the BSOM is based solely on the availability of open positions, and in recent years there have been no vacancies available for transfer students. Due to our curriculum structure, students (particularly those in foreign schools, and often those in American schools) must usually complete two years at their original institution before being eligible for transfer to BSOM. As a general rule, applicants must be enrolled in an M.D. program at the time of application and must have successfully passed Step I of the USMLE. If vacancies become available, very strong preference is given to residents of North Carolina.

International Admissions and Services

The Office of International Affairs coordinates ECU’s international student recruitment and admissions program, working with its own staff and others within the university to expand the international representation within its degree-seeking student body.  As stated in the Undergraduate Catalog, “East Carolina University offers a full range of semester-long exchange programs at universities around the globe. With 27 bilateral exchange partners, as well as membership in the UNC Exchange Program (UNCEP) and the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), ECU students can spend a semester or full academic year studying abroad at more than 200 institutions in 41 countries.”

Examples of exchange agreements between ECU and international institutions follow:

1.       Université François-Rabelais

2.       DHBW Mannheim

3.       Flinders University

Summary

In conclusion, for all academic programs, East Carolina University assumes responsibility for the academic quality of any course work or credit recorded on the institution’s transcript. 


Documentation

Reference Title

Location

Approval and Review of Bilateral Agreements

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Brody School of Medicine Brochure

BSOM brochure2012

Brody School of Medicine Bulletin

BSOM Bulletin_Admissions

Brody School of Medicine FAQ

BSOM

Business Administration

MBA Requirements

Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System

102.51CAA_Modified_June_2010_v4

Dental School Policy

Dental School

DHBW Mannheim

DBHWfinal.agr

ECU Articulation Agreements

ECU Articulation Agreements and Consortial Arrangements

ECU Mission Statement

ECU Mission Statement

Flinders University

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Graduate Catalog

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Graduate Catalog: Curricula

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Graduate School Website

Academic Policies and Forms

International Student Exchange Program

ISEP Agreement

Joint Review Committee for Comprehensive Articulation Agreement

Joint Review Committee

North Carolina Community College System Bilateral Agreements

NC Community Colleges Bilateral Agreements

Office of International Affairs

Scholar, Leadership, and International Studies

Office of Undergraduate Admissions: Placement Credit

3.4.4 Undergraduate Admissions - Placement Credit

Office of Undergraduate Admissions: Transfer Admissions

3.4.4 Undergraduate Admissions - Transfer

Public Administration

MPA Requirements

Social Work

Social Work Requirements

UNC Exchange Program

UNCEP Signed Agreement

Undergraduate Catalog

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Undergraduate Catalog: Placement Credit

ugrad placement credit

Université François-Rabelais

TOURSfinal.agr

University of North Carolina  Bilateral Agreement Inventory by University of North Carolina—North Carolina Community College System and University of North Carolina

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