Southern Polytechnic State University

Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012

Transfer Credit, Policy for Acceptance of

Transfer credit is awarded in accordance with the policies of the university system of Georgia, accrediting agencies, and SPSU. Courses under consideration for transfer credit are evaluated by the department chair whose department is primarily responsible for the course.

Transfer credit should not be confused with course substitutions. A course might not be equivalent to any course offered at SPSU, but still have enough content to be considered as a substitute for a course within a degree program. In this case, transfer credit would be awarded for free elective hours and a course substitution petition would be initiated and processed through the curriculum committee.

To be considered for transfer credit, courses must normally:

  • Represent college or university-level work
  • Have been completed with a grade of "C" or better
  • Have been taken at institutions holding college-level accreditation by a United States regional accrediting authority.
  • Be equivalent to courses at SPSU with regard to
    • Credit hours
    • Course content
    • Level of instruction
  • Not have been in a subject for which the student received a failing grade at SPSU

Special considerations for transfer of University System of Georgia (USG) Core Curriculum courses:

Students transferring from one USG institution to another are protected by USG policy governing the transfer of core courses. See section 2.4.9 of the USG academic affairs handbook for details.

Students completing courses in areas A,B,C, or E will be given full credit when transferring to a different institution. Students completing courses in areas D or F will be given full credit when transferring to a different institution if the major field of study remains the same.

Grades of "D" are transferable for all USG core courses except:

  • ENGL 1101 requires "C" or better
  • MATH 1111 requires "C" or better
  • MATH 1113 requires "C" or better

If students transfer the entire USG Core (60 semester hours) for a given major (without changing majors), the total credit hours required for the transfer student's baccalaureate degree at SPSU will not exceed the total credit hours required for a student who completed the USG Core at SPSU in that same major.

Students who feel they have not been given appropriate consideration for the transfer of university system of Georgia core courses should appeal to the core chief transfer officer.

Evaluation of Courses for Transfer Credit

In order for SPSU to perform an evaluation of transfer credits, the student

  • must provide official transcripts containing all the courses being considered,
  • must be accepted for admission to SPSU,
  • must provide course descriptions, syllabi, or other documentation on course content if requested by SPSU, and
  • may be tested for proficiency in courses that were not USG Core courses.

The amount of transfer credit awarded can be limited by:

  • Residency requirements defined in Academic Regulations
  • The applicability of transferring courses to the chosen major
  • Performance of the student during proficiency evaluations

Responsibility for transfer credit decisions at SPSU:

The Student has responsibility for providing complete and correct information (including course descriptions, syllabi, and other required documents).

The Chair of the department at SPSU in which the subject is taught has responsibility for determining whether transfer credit will be awarded.

The Chair of the student's major program of study has responsibility for determining whether transfer courses are applicable to that degree program.

The Registrar is responsible for determining restrictions and limits on amounts of transfer credit that can be granted.

The Registrar has final authority in checking compliance with university-wide academic standards and graduation requirements.

The core chief transfer officer is the contact person for students, faculty, advisors, records and admissions personnel, and academic administrators when problems related to transfer of Area A–F course work across USG institutions occur.

Additional Information for Students Transferring from Outside The University System of Georgia

The state of Georgia requires students to pass an examination of the United States and Georgia constitutions in order to graduate. SPSU satisfies this requirement by embedding an examination in certain core courses. Students who transfer to Southern Polytechnic State University from an institution located outside the University System of Georgia and who have completed U.S. History or American Government must complete HIST 2911 with a grade of "C" or better to receive transfer credit for HIST 2111 or 2112, or POLS 1101. Exceptions are considered by the core chief transfer officer.

Transfer Credit for Courses Earned Outside the United States

Transfer credit for courses completed at institutions of higher learning outside the United States shall be subject to the same criteria as those courses earned in the United States, but outside the University System of Georgia.

In addition, the following conditions must also be met by the institution where the credits were earned:

International course descriptions must have been translated by a recognized translation service and certified as a true and correct translation.

The institution at which the credit was earned:

  • Must have been evaluated and endorsed/certified/accredited by a nationally-known evaluation agency, or have a well-established international reputation for quality instruction
  • Must be offering degrees and course work at the college or university level