ACE, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) last week issued a joint statement on the transfer and award of college credit, intended to serve as a guide for institutions developing or reviewing policies in this area.
AACRAO and CHEA are the two national associations whose members are directly involved in the transfer and award of postsecondary academic credit. ACE makes credit recommendations for learning gained outside of traditional college classrooms.
“Students increasingly are pursuing their education in a variety of institutional and extra-institutional settings. Social equity and the intelligent use of resources require that validated learning be appropriately recognized wherever it takes place,” according to the statement.
While emphasizing that individual institutions must have the autonomy to make the ultimate decision regarding transfer of credit according to their own academic mission and standards, the statement notes that it is important that these policies be reasonable and well-articulated and “provide maximum consideration for the individual student who has changed institutions or objectives.”
Download a copy of the statement on the ACE website.