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Credit for Prior Learning

Recognizing that individuals gain knowledge outside a traditional postsecondary environment, Washburn University maintains a comprehensive Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) program. CPL may take the form of postsecondary credit or advanced standing toward further education. Postsecondary level credit is the optimal outcome. The University may grant credit through national/international examinations, university department examinations, and/or prior military training. To gain additional information regarding CPL, students should contact the Center for Prior Learning and Testing in Mabee Library.

Students must be either currently enrolled at Washburn University or former students of Washburn University in order to have credit awarded and posted to their transcripts. Specific information about the different types of examinations is provided below.

National Examinations

College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB): Advanced Placement Examinations

The Advanced Placement exams are prepared, scored and reported by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students should seek information and obtain registration materials through appropriate high school counselors or other secondary school officials.

This program is designed for high school seniors planning to enter college and is administered in conjunction with Advanced Placement courses taught in the high schools. The scores are reported to the University by CEEB. Appropriate credit or advanced placement is awarded at the time of enrollment in the University. When credit is awarded it may be applied to meet degree requirements. When advanced placement is awarded, a student is advanced to a higher level college course without being required to take a lower level prerequisite. Depending on departmental policy and the examination scores which are achieved, an academic department may award either credit or advanced placement or both to a student. No entry is made on the college transcript for scores which are lower than those determined to be satisfactory by the Washburn academic departments.

Students may have Advanced Placement test scores obtained in high school reported to the University for evaluation. Credit and/or advanced placement are awarded to students who have received a score of three (3), four (4), or five (5). Currently a student may be awarded college credit hours in the subjects listed below as follows:

AP Subject Score Award Hours Gen Ed
Art-2D Design 3+ AR 120 3 GEHU
Art-Drawing I 3+ AR 140 3 GEHU
Art History 4+ AR 101 3 GEHU
Biology 3+ BI 100 3 GENS
Calculus AB 3 Consult Chair
Calculus AB 4+ MA 151 5 GENS
Calculus BC 3 MA 151 5 GENS
Calculus BC 4+ Consult Chair 10>
Chemistry 3+ CH 101 or 5 GENS
CH 121 or 5 GENS
CH 151 5 GENS
Chinese Lang/Culture No equivalent
Comp Govt 3+ PO 106 3 GESS
Computer Sci A No equivalent
Computer Science Principles No equivalent
English Lit 3+ EN 135 3 GEHU
English Lang 3+ EN 101 3
Environmental Science No equivalent
European History No equivalent
Human Geog 3+ GG 101 3 GESS
Italian Lang/ Culture No equivalent
Japanese Lang/ Culture No equivalent
Latin No equivalent
Microecon. 3+ EC 200 3 GESS
Macroecon. 3+ EC 201 3 GESS
Mod. Foreign Language 3 FR 101 or 4
GE 101 or 4
SP 101 4
Mod. Foreign Language 4+ FR 101/FR 102 or 81 GEHU (FL 102)2
GE 101/GE 102 or 81 GEHU (FL 102)2
SP 101/SP 102 81 GEHU (FL 102)2
Music 3 MU 215 4
Music 4+ MU 215 and 4
MU 314 4
Physics 1 4 PS 101 3 GENS
Physics 2 No equivalent
Physics C: Elec & Magnetism No equivalent
Physics C: Mechanics No equivalent
Psychology 3+ PY 100 3 GESS
Research No equivalent
Seminar No equivalent
Span Lit/Culture No equivalent
Statistics 3+ MA 140 3 GENS
Studio Art No equivalent
US Govt/Politics No equivalent
US History 3 HI 111 or 33 GESS
HI 112 33 GESS
US History 4+ HI 111 and 34 GESS
HI 112 34 GESS
World History 3 HI 100 or 35 GESS
HI 101 or 35 GESS
HI 102 35 GESS
World History 4+ 2 of 3 Courses: 66 GESS
GESS
GESS
GESS

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program

Washburn University recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Students should seek information and obtain registration materials through appropriate high school counselors or other secondary school officials. This program is designed for high school juniors and seniors planning to enter college and is administered in conjunction with International Baccalaureate courses taught in high schools.

At the time of enrollment in the University, official transcripts should be forwarded to the University Registrar in order to receive appropriate credit. Credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis by academic departments depending on departmental policy and the examination scores which are achieved. No entry is made on the college transcript for scores which are lower than those determined to be satisfactory by the Washburn academic departments.

These score equivalents are under review and subject to change.

IB Subject Score Award Hours Gen Ed
Biology 4-6 (SL) BI 100 and 3 GENS
BI 101 2 GENS
7 (SL) BI 102 5 GENS
4-5 (HL) BI 100 and 3 GENS
BI 101 2 GENS
6 (HL) BI 102 5 GENS
7 (HL) BI 102 and 5
(BI 105 or BI 110) 41
Chemistry 4-7 (SL) CH 101 3 GENS
4 (HL) CH 121 5 GENS
5-7 (HL) CH 151 5 GENS
Comp Science 4-7 (SL) CM 111 3
4-7 (HL) CM 111 3
English A1 4-7 (SL) EN 101 3
4-6 (HL) EN 101 3
7 (HL) EN 101 and 3
EN 135 3 GEHU
Foreign Lang 4-7 (SL) FL 102 42 GEHU
4-7 (HL) FL 201 3 GEHU
Geography 4-7 (SL) GG 101 3 GESS
4-7 (HL) GG 101 3 GESS
History 4-7 (SL) HI 100 3 GESS
4-7 (HL) HI 102 3 GESS
ITGS 4-7 (SL) CM 299 33
4-7 (HL) CM 299 33
Mathematics 4-7 (SL) MA 116 3
4-6 (HL) MA 151 5 GENS
7 (HL) MA 151 and 5 GENS
MA 152 5
Music 4-7 (SL) MU 100 3 GEHU/CP
4-7 (HL) MU 100 3 GEHU/CP
Philosphy 4-7 (SL) PH 100 3 GEHU
4-7 (HL) PH 100 3 GEHU
Physics 4-7 (SL) PS 101 3 GENS
4-7 (HL) PS 261 and 5 GENS
PS 262 5
Psychology 4-7 (SL) PY 100 3 GESS
4-7 (HL) PY 100 3 GESS
Social/Cult. Anthropology 4-7 (SL) AN 112 3 GESS
4-7 (HL) AN 112 3 GESS
Theatre 4-7 (SL) TH 102 3 GEHU/CP
4-7 (HL) TH 102 3 GEHU/CP
Visual Arts 4-7 (SL) AR 103 3 GEHU/CP
4-7 (HL) AR 103 or 34 GEHU/CP
Art Studio Elec 34 GEHU/CP
World Religion 4-7 (SL) RG 102 3 GEHU
4-7 (HL) RG 102 3 GEHU

DSST Testing

Students can obtain information for certain subjects then take a standardized test to receive college credit through DSST examinations. Students cannot earn DSST exam credit for a course that has been previously attempted or completed at Washburn or a transfer institution. (A course that appears on a college transcript or a course in progress is considered an attempted course.) If a DSST examination is attempted and not passed, a students must wait 30 days before retesting.

Credit for DSST examinations are awarded as credit. However, the score identified as passing should be interpreted as equivalent to a grade of C or better. Therefore, DSST credit can be awarded for any course requiring a grade of C or better. This credit is considered transfer credit and may be treated as a prerequisite for subsequent courses. There is no record made on the academic transcript for those students who are not awarded credit. Each school or department within the university has different curriculum requirements and may use the scores in different ways.

Veterans and active military personnel are particularly encouraged to take advantage of DSST exams. Military service members may be eligible to have their DSST exam fee funded through the DANTES program. For more information visit http://getcollegecredit.com/test_takers.

In order for Washburn University to accept as transfer credit DSST exam credit awarded at another postsecondary institution, official university transcripts must be submitted to Washburn. Depending on the institution awarding the credit, students may need to submit an official DSST transcript to Washburn University.

Official DSST transcripts can be ordered by visiting this website: https://www.getcollegecredit.com/scores_transcripts/. For DSST transcript inquiries call 1-877-471-9860. To schedule a DSST Examination at Washburn University, contact the Center for Prior Learning and Testing in Mabee Library. Washburn University awards credit for the following DSST examinations:

Subject Score Award Hours Gen Ed
Astronomy 400 AS 101 3 GENS
Criminal Justice 400 CJ 100 3
Envir. & Humanity 400 BI 203 3 GENS
Ethics in America 400 PH 1XX 3
Foundation of Ed. 400 ED 385 3
Fund. of College Alg. 400 MA 116 3
Gen Anthropology 400 AN 112 3 GESS
Intro to Business 400 BU 101 3
Intro to Geography 400 GG 101 3 GESS
Intro. to Law Enfor. 400 CJ 110 3
Intro. to World Rel. 400 RG 102 3 GEHU
Lifespan Dev. Psy. 400 PY 209 3
Personal Finance 400 BU 180 3
Prin. of Pub. Speaking 400 CN 150 3 GEHU
Principles of Statistics 400 MA 140 3 GENS
Technical Writing 400 EN 208 3 GEHU

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Washburn University allows you to test out of courses in which you already have academic knowledge comparable to that gained in collegiate study. A national credit by examination opportunity is available at the university: the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP examinations measure knowledge of the material usually covered in courses during the first two years of college. Students cannot earn CLEP credit for a course previously attempted or completed at Washburn University or a regionally accredited postsecondary institution. (A course that appears on a college transcript or a course in progress is considered an attempted course.) If a CLEP examination is attempted and not passed, a student must wait 90 days before retesting. Credit for CLEP examinations are awarded as credit. However, the score identified as passing should be interpreted as equivalent to a grade of C or better. Therefore, CLEP credit can be awarded for any course requiring a grade of C or better.

This credit is considered transfer credit and may be treated as a prerequisite for subsequent courses. There is no record made on the academic transcript for those students who are not awarded credit. Each school or department within the university has different curriculum requirements and may use the scores in different ways.

Veterans and active military personnel are particularly encouraged to take advantage of CLEP exams. Military service members may be eligible to have their CLEP exam fee funded through the DANTES program. For more information visit https://clep.collegeboard.org/earn-college-credit/military-benefits.

Official CLEP scores can be ordered by contacting:
CLEP
Box 6601
Princeton, N.J., 08541
800-257-9558, (Washburn code 6928)

In order for Washburn University to accept as transfer credit CLEP exam credit awarded at another postsecondary institution, official university transcripts must be submitted to Washburn. Depending on the institution awarding the credit, students may need to submit an official CLEP transcript to Washburn University.

The CLEP scores listed are for exams taken through computer-based testing (CBT) only. Contact the Center for Prior Learning and Testing regarding scores for exams taken before July 2001. To schedule a CLEP Examination at Washburn University, contact the Center for Prior Learning and Testing in Mabee Library.

Washburn awards the following credit for CLEP (through computer-based testing) exams:

Subject Score Award Hours Grade Gen Ed
Am. Government 50+ PO 106 3 Credit GESS
Am Lit No equivalent
Analyzing Lit 50+ EN 135 3 Credit GEHU
Biology 50+ BI 100 and 3 Credit GENS
BI 1XX 3 Credit GENS
Calculus No equivalent
Chemistry 50-59 CH 101 3 Credit GENS
Chemistry 60+ CH 121 or 5 Credit GENS
CH 151 5 Credit GENS
College Algebra 50+ MA 116 3 Credit
College Comp No equivalent
College Comp Modular No equivalent
College Math 50+ MA 1XX 3 Credit GENS
Economics
Macro
50+ EC 201 3 Credit GESS
Micro
50+ EC 200 3 Credit GESS
English Lit No equivalent
Financial acct No equivalent
French 50-58 FR 101 4 Credit
French 59+ FR 101 and 4 Credit
FR 1021 4 Credit GEHU
German 50-59 GE 101 4 Credit GEHU
German 60+ GE 101 and 4 Credit
GE 1021 4 Credit GEHU
Human Growth/Develop. 50+ PY 209 3 Credit
Humanities 50+ HU 1XX 3 Credit GEHU
Info Systems 50+ CM 1XX 3 Credit
Intro Business Law No equivalent
Intro Ed Psych No equivalent
Intro Psych 50+ PY 100 3 Credit GESS
Intro Sociology 50+ SO 100 3 Credit GESS
Natl Sciences 50+ NS 1XX 3 Credit GENS
Precalculus 50+ MA 123 3 Credit GENS
Princ of Mgmt No equivalent
Princ of Mktg No equivalent
SocSci and Hist 501 SS 1XX 3 Credit GESS
Spanish 50-62 SP 101 4 Credit
Spanish 63+ SP 101 and 4 Credit
SP 1021 4 Credit GEHU
Spanish w/ Writing 50-64 SP 101 4 Credit
Spanish w/ Writing 65+ SP 101 and 4 Credit
SP 1021 4 Credit GEHU
US Hist I 50+ HI 111 3 Credit GESS
US Hist II 50+ HI 112 3 Credit GESS
West Civ I No equivalent
West Civ II No equivalent

University Department Exams

When a student identifies a course which he or she feels qualified to "challenge" or "quiz out of," the student should contact the chair of the department offering that course to determine whether a department examination could be accepted. If the academic department gives approval for the student to quiz out of a specific course, the student obtains a Credit by Examination registration form from the Student One Stop. The Student One Stop determines that the student is either currently enrolled or a former student who is not currently enrolled in the challenged class and is free of all holds. The student completes the credit by examination registration form and obtains department signatures as required on the form. The student then takes the form to the Business Office to pay the standard testing fee for the exam. After payment is made, the student returns a copy of the form to the Student One Stop. The student takes his/her copy which has been marked “paid” to the department at the scheduled time of the examination. Under no circumstances will the examination be administered prior to payment. No refunds will be given for exams not taken or not passed.

After the student has taken the exam, the department evaluates it and determines whether or not the student receives credit and submits the grade to the Student One Stop. If the department determines that credit is to be awarded, credit for the course is posted to the transcript by the Registrar's Office. If the department determines based on the exam that credit should not be awarded, no entry is made to the transcript. If the course is taken to fulfill requirements in a major, a letter grade for the course may be determined by the department and posted on the transcript. The exam may not be repeated; a student may not take a department exam for any course more than once. Credit by department examination may not be used to repeat courses previously taken by the student. Credit given by department examination is considered residential credit.

Transferring CPL from Another Institution

Credit for Prior Learning awarded by all accredited institutions of higher education is evaluated in the same manner as regularly graded coursework from these institutions. The credit awarded is adjusted to the CPL policies of Washburn University. Every attempt is made to ensure that credit for prior learning applies to both a student’s degree program and university requirements for graduation.

CPL Limits

There is no overall cap on Credit for Prior Learning that can be earned at Washburn University. The amount of CPL may be limited by the student’s need to meet all University and departmental requirements for graduation.

Credit Granted for Military Service

Credit awarded for military service is based upon the recommendations of the Commission on Accreditation of Service Experiences which was appointed by the American Council on Education. Credit will be granted to all military personnel in accordance with the recommendations of the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Students should provide their military transcripts by clicking the link www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Transcripts-for-Military-Personnel.aspx.

Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy, Active Duty, Reserve and Veterans are eligible to access this system. Please follow directions on the link entitled How to Request an Official Transcript.

Military credit is subject to the same limitations as regular transfer credit, i.e. technical credit limits and no credit awarded for course duplications. For more information and to secure forms for making application, students should contact the Office of the University Registrar.