Sources of Transfer Credit

Sources of Transfer Credit


At Harrison Middleton University there are many ways to transfer credits and earn credit for your professional, military, and volunteer experience. 

Harrison Middleton University considers American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations and other credit for prior learning options for transfer to degree programs. Students who have received ACE credit recommendations for training completed through the military, an employer, a federal or state agency, or a non-profit association, may be able to obtain transfer credit at Harrison Middleton University.


Policy on Awarding Transfer and Extra-Institutional Credit

Harrison Middleton University reserves the right to accept or reject any or all academic credits offered for transfer.

Bachelor of Arts
A student enrolled in a bachelor’s program must complete a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours at Harrison Middleton University in order to earn a degree.

Master of Arts
A student enrolled in a master’s program must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) credit hours at Harrison Middleton University in order to earn a degree.

Harrison Middleton University does not accept experiential learning credits through portfolio evaluation for transfer into a master's program.

Doctoral Programs
A student enrolled in a doctoral program must complete a minimum of fifty-one (51) credit hours at Harrison Middleton University in order to earn a degree.

Harrison Middleton University does not accept experiential learning credits through portfolio evaluation for transfer into a doctoral program.


Credit from Colleges and Universities

Transfer credit toward a degree may be awarded for postsecondary courses completed by the student at other institutions if such courses are found to meet the standards of Harrison Middleton University and the requirements of the specific program. Transfer credit must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

Transfer Credit
Harrison Middleton University accepts credit from college-level (not remedial) courses in which the student has earned a grade of "C" or better from an institution accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education or an institutional agency recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or its successors. However, due to considerable differences in course content and instructional quality of work done at other colleges or universities, Harrison Middleton University does not consider grade points or hours attempted for work completed at other institutions. Therefore, transfer credit neither raises nor lowers a student’s grade point average.

The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at other institutions may or may not be accepted by Harrison Middleton University. Likewise, credits earned at Harrison Middleton University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Students planning to complete credit elsewhere before applying to Harrison Middleton University are advised to contact the Registrar and verify the acceptability of credits from that institution. Likewise, any student relying on Harrison Middleton University credit for transfer to or enrollment in another institution is urged to check with that institution prior to enrollment at Harrison Middleton University.

Bachelor of Arts Program Transfer Credit Policy
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts may transfer up to 90 credit hours from an approved institution(s) which satisfy the subject matter and curriculum requirements of the student’s chosen program at Harrison Middleton University.

Master of Arts Transfer Credit Policy
Students pursuing a Master of Arts may transfer up to 18 credit hours from an approved institution(s) which satisfy the subject matter and curriculum requirements of the student’s chosen program at Harrison Middleton University.

Doctoral Transfer Credit Policy
Students pursuing a Doctor of Arts or Doctor of Education may transfer up to 9 credit hours from an approved institution(s) which satisfy the subject matter and curriculum requirements of the student’s chosen program at Harrison Middleton University.

Process
Students can request to transfer credits when submitting their proposed program of study during The Great Conversation: The Cornerstone Course or the How to Think about the Great Ideas Course. Students must provide appropriate documentation of the successfully completed course. Appropriate documentation includes official transcripts mailed from the institution directly to the Harrison Middleton University Registrar and a copy of the institution’s catalog, syllabus, or course outline which includes summary information about the course(s) requested for transfer.


Credit for Prior Learning

Experiential Learning
Credit may be given for adequately documented and validated experiential learning of a postsecondary nature. Applicants seeking credit must first obtain a portfolio evaluation from The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Information on the process and cost for portfolio evaluation may be found on the CAEL website: www.cael.org.

Harrison Middleton University accepts the recommendations of The Council for Adult & Experiential Learning’s (CAEL) Portfolio Evaluation. Any credit awarded for Experiential Learning will be considered the same as transfer credit, and neither raises nor lowers a student’s grade point average. Credit may not be given twice for the same learning, so credit given for experiential learning may not be awarded for material learned in a prior course. The credit hours earned must satisfy the subject matter and curriculum requirements of students’ chosen programs at Harrison Middleton University.

For bachelor’s students, the credit given for experiential learning may not exceed one fourth of the credits required for the degree (no more than 30 credits awarded). Experiential learning credits are not accepted toward a master’s or doctoral degree.


Credit by Exam

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Harrison Middleton University recognizes applicants’ prior learning by accepting a full range of College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, which measure mastery of college-level, introductory course content. The credit-granting scores and credit hours earned are those recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Credit may not be given twice for the same learning. The applicant may not have received comparable college course credit in the CLEP examination area. Credit hours earned by the College-Level Examination Program exam neither raise nor lower a student’s grade point average. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree may transfer up to 90 credits, including credit hours awarded through the College-Level Examination Program. The credit hours earned must satisfy the subject matter and curriculum requirements of the student’s program at Harrison Middleton University. The College-Level Examination Program is not accepted for credit toward a master’s or doctoral degree.

Other Credit by Examination Options
Harrison Middleton University accepts the recommendations of the American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service, including Advanced Placement Examinations administered by the College Board, Harrison Middleton University also accepts credit for professional examinations listed in the ACE Guide to Educational Credit by Examination.

Semester hours of credit toward graduation earned on the basis of these examinations are granted with a grade of P (Pass), and neither raise nor lower a student’s grade point average. Harrison Middleton University does not offer testing for credit by examination.

Credit for Training Programs
The American Council on Education’s (ACE) credit recommendations for formal courses or examinations as outlined in the National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training are accepted subject to the student’s degree requirements and the Policy on Awarding Transfer and Extra-Institutional Credit.


Credit for Military Education and Training

Military Training
Any military training which is applicable to a program at Harrison Middleton University will be accepted for transfer credit based on the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) as outlined in the Military Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. To be official, all required forms must be sent directly to Harrison Middleton University from the issuing authority.

DD Form 295, Application for the Evaluation of Learning Experiences during Military Services, is available to active-duty service members, reservists, and National Guard members from military education officers. The form must be certified by an authorized commissioned officer or his or her designee in order to be official. Veterans are required to submit a DD Form 214, Armed Forces of the United States Report of Transfer or Discharge. If the veteran does not have a copy of the DD Form 214, one can be obtained, together with other in-service training records, from the General Services Administration, National Personnel Records Center (Military Personnel Records), 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132. The veteran may request service records by submitting U.S. Government Standard Form 180, which is available from a state veterans affairs office, the Veteran’s Administration, or the National Personnel Records Center.

The Joint Services Transcript (JST) is a computerized transcript system that produces official transcripts for eligible military members upon request by combining a military member's military education and job experience with descriptions and college credit recommendations developed by the American Council on Education (ACE). Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy: Active Duty, Reserve and Veterans are eligible for an official transcript through JST. Information available at the JST website https://jst.doded.mil or e-mail jst@doded.mil.