A. Transfer Credit Prior to a Student’s Matriculation to Thomas More College
Thomas More University recognizes that courses taken at other post-secondary institutions prior to a student’s admission to Thomas More may qualify for transfer, but the University reserves the right to determine the acceptability of transfer credits in accord with its mission and goals. Usually, the following regulations and guidelines are employed in identifying university-level learning for transfer, but these are not all inclusive of the considerations that must be weighed in reviewing an official transcript for the awarding of transfer credit at Thomas More University. It is the student’s responsibility to request the issuance of transcripts from other institutions to Thomas More University. Only official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institutions to Thomas More will be accepted. No other copies will be used in the official determination of transferable credit.
- Number of credit hours that may be accepted in transfer
- Thomas More University accepts up to 90 semester – hour credits and equivalency credits in transfer and allows them to be applied to a bachelor’s degree; it allows as many as 44 semester hour credits and equivalency credits which are accepted in transfer towards an associate’s degree; and as many as 12 semester – hour credits and equivalency credits, which are accepted in transfer to be applied to a certificate. No more than 64 semester hours will be awarded in transfer from a two-year institution. Students must earn at least 25% of their credit hours through instruction offered by Thomas More University, exclusive of transfer credit and credit earned through the consortium program.
- Of the above number of credits (A), the maximum number of credits awarded for “extra-institutional learning” (as defined in Section II. C. below) which may be applied to a bachelor degree is 60, to the associate’s is 30, and to the certificate is 8. (Please note that RECALL credit is limited to 32 semester hours for a baccalaureate degree and 16 semester hours for an associate’s degree.)
- In order to earn a degree in a specific major, a student must complete at least 18 of the hours required in that major for a bachelor’s degree and 9 hours for an associate’s at Thomas More University.
- Institutions from which credit hours may be accepted in transfer
- Thomas More University accepts credit attached to courses taken at any post-secondary degree granting institution of higher education accredited by one of the Regional Accrediting Associations. Effective Fall 2014, the completed courses must carry a grade of C- or better (1.667 or higher on a 0-4 quality point scale). Grades earned will not be used in the calculation of the Thomas More University G.P.A. Courses with a Pass/Satisfactory grade will ordinarily be accepted as general elective credit only. Courses not awarded credit by the student’s previous institution(s) cannot be transferred. A quarter-hour taken at schools operating on the quarter calendar system will convert to .667 semester hours at Thomas More University.
- Courses taken at a post-secondary institution of higher education not accredited by one of the Regional Accrediting Associations will be considered on an individual basis by the appropriate Academic Department, the Registrar’s Office, and the Academic Dean. Students who apply for admission from other countries are required to have their credentials evaluated by the Office of International Education Services of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers or the World Education Service. The applicant is responsible for the fees charged for this service.
- The award of credit for “extra-institutional learning” will be based on the recommendation of the American Council on Education (ACE), as stated in their current publications. “Extra-institutional learning” includes but is not limited to ACE, RECALL, CLEP, Dantes, Challenge Tests, and credit for work or professional training, including military training. Credit by examination cannot be awarded for a lower level course in a discipline than one for which the student has already earned credit. A student may also not earn credit by examination for a course if they have earned credit for a course with similar content. If the credit is transferred to meet a major requirement, the department may require supplemental learning to meet the Thomas More University equivalency. Courses not approved by ACE will be considered on an individual basis by the appropriate Academic Department, the Registrar’s Office, and the Academic Dean.
- Types of courses for which credit hours may be accepted in transfer
- Credit is granted for academic work substantially equivalent to that offered at Thomas More University. Cooperative education credit will be considered after appropriate documentation is provided by the student and the appropriate academic department reviews the documentation and approves. No more than 15 hours of co-op credit will be awarded in transfer and co-op credit awarded will count towards general elective credit and not towards major requirements. Credits for courses of a vocational or technical nature are not acceptable in transfer. Remedial level courses will not be accepted in transfer.
- Transfer courses are evaluated in the Office of the Registrar for acceptance of core curriculum requirements and general elective credit. A student’s major department determines whether credit applicable to departmental requirements will be accepted in transfer.
- The transfer of credit awarded for prior experiential learning by any post-secondary institution of higher education will be considered on an individual basis in consultation with the appropriate department(s) and consistent with RECALL guidelines.
- Registered nurses who successfully completed a National League of Nursing (61 Broadway, New York, New York 10006, 1-800-669-1656) accredited Hospital Diploma Program may be awarded as many as 90 semester hour equivalency credits for past academic work.
- Paramedics who have successfully passed the National Exam for Paramedic Certification may be awarded as many as 40 semester hour equivalency credits for past academic work.
- Students who are International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipients may receive up to one full year of college credit. I.B. certificate recipients are eligible for limited credit. I.B. recipients should request the Thomas More University guidelines for granting I.B. credit.
B. Transfer Credit for Current Students at Thomas More University
To help ensure the achievement of its objectives, Thomas More University normally requires that a matriculated student complete his/her study at the University; however, a full-time student at Thomas More University may register through the University for courses at any college or university in the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities. In addition, a student may be given permission to take up to 18 credit hours at other institutions at the discretion of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In all situations involving study at another institution, the student must provide, in advance and in writing, academic justification for his/her request and obtain permission from the Vice President for Academic Affairs after obtaining the signature of the Chairperson of the department of the course in question. Courses taken in violation of this policy will not be accepted in transfer.