Part 3 - Comprehensive Standards

3.4.4  The institution publishes policies that include criteria for evaluating,
awarding, and accepting credit for transfer, experiential learning,
credit by examination, advanced placement, and professional certificates that is consistent with its mission and ensures that course work and learning outcomes are at the collegiate level and comparable to the institution’s own degree programs. The institution assumes responsibility for the academic quality of any course work or credit recorded on the institution’s transcript. (Acceptance of academic credit)

Partial Compliance


The University of New Orleans recognizes that beneficial learning experiences occur outside of the University’s campus.  Therefore, the University has policies and procedures for evaluating, awarding, and accepting credit for transfer, advanced placement, and professional certificates.  The regulations governing transfer of credit, advanced placement and other forms of alternative academic credit are published in the Undergraduate Section of the Catalog.  Credit is not awarded for experiential learning [Page: 184] .

In general, the University accepts all credits awarded by a regionally accredited institution.  To facilitate transfer of credit, the University has developed articulation agreements which indicate course equivalencies.  All articulation agreements require faculty review of course syllabi from the transferring institution to ensure course quality and compatibility with University of New Orleans offerings.  The Louisiana Board of Regents compiles a statewide general education, natural sciences, and business course articulation matrix (website; 2014-15) articulation matrix that lists hundreds of courses and their equivalents at every two- and four-year state institution.  In addition, The University of New Orleans has separate articulation agreements with its major transfer feeder institutions in the region - Delgado Community College, Nunez Community College, Southeastern Louisiana University, Southern University at New Orleans, and Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge. An example of an articulation agreement is provided.  

Undergraduate Colleges  

First-time freshmen are eligible to earn college credit through several programs.  Advanced Placement credit is awarded to highly qualified high school students based on their scores on the College Entrance Examination Board’s (CEEB) AP exams.  A list of credits the University of New Orleans awards for the various scores for each of these examinations is found in the Undergraduate Sections of the Catalog, "Credit Awarded for College Board AP Exams" and "Other Advanced Credit", 

Students who have participated in the College Entrance Examinations Board’s “College Level Examination Program” (CLEP), the College Level GED program, the American College Test’s Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) or some other recognized advanced placement program are invited to submit transcripts of these examinations to the Office of Admissions for evaluation and possible credit. 

First-time freshman transfer students who have not enrolled in any college-level English or Mathematics course, and who have special competence in a given academic area, may also qualify for college credit through the University’s own Advance Credit Exam. A student may apply to the appropriate academic dean to take a credit examination for skills-based and knowledge-based courses at the 1000 and 2000 levels, in which no term paper is required, and class discussion-based participation is not a central component for the course. In addition, certain 3000- or 4000-level courses may be appropriate for credit by examination.  Academic departments determine courses appropriate for individual credit examinations (Credit for Courses Bypassed) and use assessments aligned with University of Louisiana System Policy A-I.-VIII.1 Prior Learning Assessments..The academic dean of each college maintains a list of courses in the college that have been determined by academic departments to be appropriate for credit by examination.  Only students who are regularly enrolled and who claim special competence gained through practical experience, extensive training, or completion of courses in non-accredited institutions may apply for a credit examination. 

The University recognizes the validity of the recommendations in the current edition of “A Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services” and grants credit for certain military schools subject to the approval of the student’s academic dean. Information on granting military school credit is provided in the Catalog [Page: 183] .

The Admissions Office initially determines which transfer courses are acceptable to the University.  All courses with a grade of “D” or better, from regionally accredited colleges and universities, are transferable to the University of New Orleans, though some transfer courses may not be applicable to a degree.  The application of a given transfer course to a degree program is determined by the department and dean of the program.  Articulation agreements developed by the state of Louisiana are used in determining equivalents for many lower-level courses.

International Students:  The Office of Admissions makes a determination of an international student’s eligibility for admission based on the credentials submitted for evaluation.  An international student is considered a transfer if the student has attended a postsecondary educational institution.  International transfer students must meet all of the minimum admissions requirements as set by the University and by the college and the department in which admission is sought.  In addition, international students must submit evidence of English proficiency in the form of an official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Graduate School

The Graduate School recognizes the appropriateness of accepting credits completed at another regionally-accredited institution for course work that is equivalent to course work at the University of New Orleans.  The Graduate School requires evidence of correspondence between transferrable credit and credit offered by the University of New Orleans.  A maximum of 12 semester hours of transfer graduate credit may be applied toward fulfillment of requirements for a master's degree, depending on the total number of credits required for the degree.  An unspecified number of semester hours of transfer graduate credit may be applied toward fulfillment of requirements for the Ph.D. In practice, no doctoral program accepts more than half of the candidate’s degree credits from another institution.  Transfer of graduate credit requires the approval of the Executive Director of the Graduate School and is subject to conditions outlined in the Graduate Section of the Catalog [Page: 773] .  Additional information regarding the transfer of credit in graduate programs is detailed in Comprehensive Standard 3.6.3.

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconBOR_Artic_AgreeBoard of Regents Articulation Agreement
Document IconBOR_Artic_Agree_WebBoard of Regents Website With Articulation Agreements
Document IconGuide_Ed_Armed_ForcesA Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services
Document IconOff_Admiss_Bypass_CreditDescription of Process for Bypass Credit on Office of Admissions Website
Document IconSample_Artic_AgreeSample Articulation Agreement
Document IconUL_System_Pol_I_VIII_1_Prior_Learning_AssessUniversity of Louisiana System Policy A-I.VIII.1 Prior Learning Assessments
Document IconUNO_Cat_Adv_PlaceUniversity of New Orleans Catalog Regulations on Advanced Placement and Alternative Academic Credit
Document IconUNO_Cat_Credit_AP_ExamsUniversity of New Orleans Catalog Description “Credit Awarded for College Board AP Exams”
Document IconUNO_Cat_Other_Adv_CreditUniversity of New Orleans Catalog Description “Other Advanced Credit”
Document IconUNO_Cat_Tran_CreditUniversity of New Orleans Catalog Regulations on Transfer of Credit
Document IconUNO_CatalogUniversity of New Orleans Catalog