2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 27, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Transfer Policies


Transfer Credit Policy

Park University will accept transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions. A minimum of 60 hours will be accepted for an Associates degree (excluding AAS). A maximum of 75 hours from all two-year schools will be accepted.

If a student presents documentation of a bachelor’s degree prior to the end of the first term of enrollment, the block method is used in evaluating. If a student presents documentation of an A.A. degree prior to the end of the first term of enrollment, the block method is used in evaluating the liberal education component of transferring credit for students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA and with a “C” or better in each course used to meet the Liberal Education   requirement at Park University. No transfer course with a USA grade equivalent less than “C” will be used to meet any Park University course requirement. This applies only to students transferring to Park University with a transferable and non-terminal A.A. degree.

A student presenting documentation of an A.S. or A.A.S. degree will be required to meet Park’s liberal education requirements. The courses from the A.S. or A.A.S. will transfer individually and will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. No course with less than a USA grade equivalent “C” will be applied.

Credit from formal military service schools is awarded based on the recommendations of the American Council on Educations’ guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Credit will be awarded where it is applicable to the student’s degree program and in keeping with the basic educational philosophy of Park University.

Grade points (from sources outside of Park) are not included in the cumulative grade point average.

The transferability of credits earned at Park University is at the discretion of the receiving college, university, or other educational institution. Students considering transferring to any institution should not assume that credits earned in any program of study at Park University will be accepted by the receiving institution. Similarly, the ability of a degree, certificate, diploma, or other academic credential earned at Park University to satisfy an admission requirement of another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Accreditation does not guarantee credentials or credits earned at Park University will be accepted by or transferred to another institution. To minimize the risk of having to repeat coursework, students should contact the receiving institution in advance for evaluation and determination of transferability of credits and/or acceptability of degrees, diplomas, or certificates earned. 

Prior Learning Assessment

Park University provides opportunity to accepted degree-seeking students to have their prior learning assessed for transfer into Park degree programs from a variety of methods. For more information about course equivalencies and articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Equivalency System and Articulation Agreements. Credit may be granted from the following sources:

Coursework that is vocational in nature will not be accepted. Refer to MyPark for more information.

An evaluation is conducted for accepted students upon receipt of official transcripts. For current students, an evaluation is completed when a change of major is declared. Students are required to submit transcripts from all previous post secondary institutions. Current and former service members are required to submit a Community College of the Air Force and/or Joint Service Transcript in addition to post secondary institutions.

  1. Transfer college credit from a regionally accredited institution. Click Here  for acceptable accreditation.
    Official transcripts from previous colleges and universities (including Community College of the Air Force) are required.
  2. Credit from military training/education
    Current and former members of the Air Force are required to submit Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcripts, if applicable. Members of other branches are required to submit an official Joint Services Transcript (JST). Park University awards four credits of physical education for satisfactory completion of basic training. Other military training and experience are evaluated based on ACE credit recommendations. Specifics on military articulations may be found at Military Articulations page. 
  3. American Council on Education
    The American Council on Education (ACE) provides college credit recommendation for formal courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs. ACE conducts formal reviews through their College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT). Documentation of successful completion of courses or exams is required. Documentation can be an original certificate of completion or a transcript from ACE.
  4. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)/DSST (Formerly known as the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)/Excelsior College Exams
    Credit hours can be earned by satisfactory completion of examinations. See the Academic Support Center (the Norrington Center) or Testing Center (Mabee 231) or your Campus Center Director for detailed information concerning CLEP or DSST examinations. Exam correlations can be found on the Registrar’s Office Exams page
  • Park University will accept a maximum of 27 hours exam credit from CLEP General Exams and a maximum of 30 hours from other subject exams to include CLEP, DSST or Excelsior College Exams.
  • A maximum of 57 credit hours from the General and Subject Examinations combined will be accepted toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • A maximum of 30 credit hours from the General and Subject Examinations combined will be accepted toward an associate’s degree.
  • Exam credit may only be used once for a given college course, with the exception of elective credit.
  • Credits for a given exam will be based upon the correlation for the exam at the time the transcript is submitted.
  • Credit awarded from CLEP, DSST, or Excelsior College exams will not be substituted at a later date. 
  • No credit is awarded for separate subtest scores.
  • To receive exam credit, a student must submit an official score transcript to Park University Registrar’s Office.
  1. Validated Learning Equivalency (VLE)
    Equivalency credit may be awarded for educational experiences based on documentation submitted by the student and with the recommendation of the appropriate Program Coordinator. VLE applications may take up to six weeks to be processed. The determination of credit will be sent directly to the student’s Park email account. Rules governing VLE are:
  • Application must be filed prior to taking the final 15 semester hours preceding intended graduation at Park University.
  • Petitions may be submitted no more than once per course.
  • Credit shall be awarded on a course equivalency basis based on courses commonly offered by accredited colleges and universities;
  • A maximum of 24 credit hours may be petitioned for and awarded.
  1. ​Advanced Placement (AP)
    Park University will grant credit for advanced placement to high school graduates who have proven competence by their score in the Advanced Placement Tests administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. The awarding of credit, the number of credit hours awarded, and the scores required for the awarding of credit are determined by the appropriate academic discipline. Exam correlations can be found on the Registrar’s Office Exams page.
  2. End-of-Course Examination
    Upon processing an application through the Registrar’s Office, and for a fee , a student may receive credit for designated, departmentally-approved courses by satisfactorily completing an end-of-course examination. Additional software charges may apply for certain examinations. Students should contact his/her advisor, Department Chair, or School/College Dean for more information.
  3. The International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Park University recognizes the International Baccalaureate Diploma for admission. Furthermore, Park University will grant course credit and advanced placement to students who have passed both the standard and the higher level subject examinations at a satisfactory standard.
  4. Registered Nurse’s License
    A maximum of 60 credit hours is awarded for a Registered Nurse’s license upon receipt of official transcripts and registered nurse licensure verification from Nursys.
  5. Dual-Credit Courses
    Dual-credit courses completed during high school are identified on the transcript of the higher education institution through which the courses were taken. The Registrar’s Office treats dual-credit courses in the same manner and by the same standards as all transfer credit when determining whether such credit satisfies graduation, degree, or elective credit.
     Park University establishes dual-credit programs with high schools in the Kansas City, Missouri, area. All Park University dual-credit programs are managed jointly by the Registrar’s Office, in collaboration with the academic departments offering the credit, to ensure the rigor of the coursework.
  6. Foreign Transcripts Evaluation
    To receive official transfer credit at Park University, all students requesting transfer credit from foreign institution must include an official Detail Report with Course Level Identification report completed by International Education Research Foundation (IERF). For more information on IERF, please visit www.ierf.org.
    Those that wish to complete a foreign credit evaluation by IERF must select Park University as a recipient of the report. The completed report will be transmitted electronically to Park University and applicants will receive a copy in the mail.
    Students are responsible for supplying the official foreign transcript(s) in a timely manner to the appropriate Park University office, and will bear sole responsibility for enrolling in “duplicate” classes that otherwise would have been credited to the student as transferable from previous courses taken when the official evaluation was completed.

 

Transferability of Park University Credit

Park University is a regionally accredited higher education institution. Recognition of Park University as an accredited higher education institution means that the accrediting association recommends that Park University transcripts be evaluated on the same basis as those of other accredited colleges and universities. Students should, however, consult the Office of Admissions, Registrar or department chairperson at the institution to which they wish to transfer in order to determine which credits will transfer to fulfill requirements at that institution.

The transferability of credits earned at Park University is at the discretion of the receiving college, university, or other educational institution. Students considering transferring to any institution should not assume that credits earned in any program of study at Park University will be accepted by the receiving institution. Similarly, the ability of a degree, certificate, diploma, or other academic credential earned at Park University to satisfy an admission requirement of another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Accreditation does not guarantee credentials or credits earned at Park University will be accepted by or transferred to another institution. To minimize the risk of having to repeat coursework, students should contact the receiving institution in advance for evaluation and determination of transferability of credits and/or acceptability of degrees, diplomas, or certificates earned.