A student who has attended another college or university is considered a transfer student. These students must submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended prior to registration. Chipola College welcomes transfer students from other accredited colleges and universities; however, at least 25% of the semester hours of the degree or college certificate must be earned at Chipola College (excluding CLEP or credit by exam). The Registrar has the institutional authority to administer the college’s transfer policy. The amount of credit allowed will not exceed the amount the student earned at the original institution. Quarter-hour credits will be converted to semester hours.
According to Section 1007.24(7), Florida Statutes, any student who transfers among postsecondary institutions that are fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and that participate in the statewide course numbering system shall be awarded credit by Chipola College for courses satisfactorily completed by the student at the previous institutions.
Students may request an evaluation of credit from non-regionally accredited institutions they have attended. However, should the quality of the educational program of the institution attended appear mediocre or unsatisfactory, the Registrar has the prerogative not to accept all or any part of the previously earned credit. Appeals for evaluation should be addressed to the Registrar. During the appeal process, it is the student’s responsibility to provide an official transcript from the non-regionally accredited college, a copy of the college’s catalog, and a course description and/or syllabus with faculty credentials for each class the student is requesting credit. Students with college credit from colleges outside the U.S. must have their documents evaluated by an approved commercial evaluating company. Information is available in the office of the Registrar.
Credit is granted only for grades of “C” or higher in college English and math courses. Courses with a grade of “D” or lower may be repeated under the provisions of Chipola College’s Forgiveness Policy. Courses with a grade of “C” or higher may not be repeated.
Chipola College recognizes the value of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) as an alternative mode of learning, especially for developing skills in reading, writing and mathematics. However, MOOCS cannot be directly transferred to the College for credit granting purposes. Students seeking credit for a MOOC must contact the associated credit granting institution, if appropriate, to complete the credit requirements at that institution. The credit would then be awarded on that institution’s transcript as credit and transferred to Chipola College for credit transfer consideration. MOOCS may contribute to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit as one of the components considered in a PLA portfolio packet.
Failing grades from other colleges are used in computing grade point averages. Students on academic probation at a previous college may be admitted to Chipola in a similar status.
Students under suspension/dismissal from another college or university will not be considered for admission during the period of their suspension. In exceptional cases, students may petition the Registrar.
Workforce Development Certificate
A student who has previously attended or been enrolled in an area technical center will be considered a transfer student upon admission to a Chipola Workforce Development Certificate Program. Such students must meet regular admission requirements, plus present proof of honorable dismissal and eligibility to return to the last institution attended. Transcripts or competency verification lists are required from institutions previously attended. Workforce Development course credit will be awarded by the instructor of the program, based on the documented competencies previously achieved. Work may be wholly accepted, partially accepted, or not accepted. Students who enroll for a specific competency or to participate in supplemental or technical updating classes are exempt from this agreement.
Armed Forces Education Experience
The college will grant credit for military education for specific fields of study under the following conditions: if it applies to the major field of study, and the credit has been evaluated and recommended as suitable for postsecondary credit by the American Council on Education’s Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. College credits will be treated as transfer credits to Chipola, provided the student is eligible for admission. Credit will be accepted and posted to the student transcript only after enrollment at Chipola College and completion of at least 12 semester hours of college-level courses with a 2.0 GPA or better. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate this process at Admissions and Records after enrolling at Chipola.
Students may be awarded college or workforce development credit based on special training, work experience, and/or demonstrated skills obtained outside the traditional classroom. Credits will be awarded for skills and knowledge directly related to a particular program of study, not simply for years of work experience. Training, experience, and/or skills must be evaluated and documented before credit is awarded; therefore, tests may be administered for verification purposes. Students may attempt tests no more than one time.
A maximum of 25% of college credit or workforce development hours may be awarded. Students will not have experiential learning credit posted on their transcript until they have completed 12 college credit semester hours or 360 workforce development hours at Chipola, have earned a 2.0 GPA, and are currently enrolled. All experiential learning students must complete the last 15-college credit semester hours or the last 450 workforce development hours at Chipola College. For degree completion, at least 25 percent of semester credit hours, or the equivalent workforce development hours, must be earned through instruction at Chipola College.
Interested students should contact Admissions and Records for information on the process and to request an evaluation. A nonrefundable fee will be charged for each examination.
Workforce Development Programs
Chipola provides students who have completed Workforce Development course work the opportunity to transfer Workforce Development course work toward their AS Degree in specific programs. The courses are treated like transfer credit. Students will not have the Workforce Development credit posted to their permanent record until they have completed 12 college credit semester hours, have earned a 2.0 GPA, and are currently enrolled at Chipola College. For degree completion, at least 25 percent of the college semester hours must be earned through instruction in the academic instruction of Chipola College. Interested applicants must initiate this process through Admissions and Records. Fees apply for the transfer process.