Earning Alternative College Credit
High school students who enroll in college-level courses and who demonstrate superior achievement in the appropriate Advanced Placement examinations offered by the College Entrance Examination Board may submit results of their examinations to the Offices of Admissions as part of their application for admission. These examinations are offered in May and the candidate may, if desired, choose to take them by consulting with the high school college counselor or principal.
On recommendation of the departments concerned, full college credit may be granted for such work or certain prerequisite courses may be waived to permit the student to enroll in more advanced courses. Entering students who receive enough credit to qualify as sophomores will be ranked as sophomores. Please contact the appropriate department for further information.
Advanced placement credit may be granted by the following subject departments: art, art history, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, English, foreign languages, history, mathematics, music, physics, political science and psychology.
A student may earn college credit by taking the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, offered at the Scott Park Testing Center, Room 1200, if college credit has not been earned in the area in which credit is sought and the student is not currently enrolled in a course in that area. Students should consult the college in which they are enrolled to determine the specific credit limitations. Students should take the CLEP examinations before entrance or transfer. Although it is recommended that these exams be taken prior to enrolling in classes at The University of Toledo, students may, with an advisor’s permission, take the exam within their program of study.
Duplicate Credit in CLEP and AP
Within existing college and university limitations, when a student presents CLEP and Advanced Placement scores in the same area, credit will be given for the CLEP or AP, whichever is the higher number of credit hours. In no case will CLEP and AP credits be added or combined. The individual department may decide which course credit is to be given if alternate course credit is possible.
The University of Toledo will award credit for a minimum score of 4 on the higher level examination of the International Baccalaureate (IB).
An incoming freshmen student who wants his/her IB examination test scores equated for course credit at the University is responsible for having his/her official IB scores submitted directly to the University. The University expects the student to submit IB examination scores at least one month prior to matriculation in order to facilitate a timely assessment of the scores. IB examination test scores should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University.
Upon receipt, the student’s IB test scores will be evaluated in accord with the University’s transfer policies and transfer credit evaluation procedures for the catalog year in which the student matriculates. The student’s test scores and choice of major determines the application of the credits awarded from the IB examinations.
The UT course equivalency for each course within each subject group will be established by faculty within the department most closely aligned with the subject content and learning outcomes of the IB diploma course(s).
A student who earns credit in a course that is equivalent to an IB examination will not be given credit for the IB examination credit. A student may not apply for IB credit after they matriculate. IB credit will not be assigned to the record retroactively.
The provost and vice president for Academic Affairs (or designee) will review the awarding of credit through the International Baccalaureate Diploma program annually each May in accordance with the state’s policies on transfer and articulation.
Prior Learning Assessment is based on the concept that college-level learning can be achieved outside of the classroom. Prior learning credit is coordinated through the University’s prior learning assessment program which adheres to and maintains best practices in assessing prior learning as recommended by the Higher Learning Commission, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
The undergraduate academic policy on Credit for Prior Learning, policy number 3364-71-17, can be found at http://www.utoledo.edu/policies/academic/index.html. The University follows the directives on the transfer and articulation of Tech Prep credit as directed by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
A prior learning specialist assists students in determining the area(s) in which prior learning assessment is likely to be applicable. Guidance with the required paperwork and any necessary referrals are coordinated through Tiffany Whitman, director of Academic Innovation and Testing Services, University College, at 419.530.3233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.