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Draft Policies for Campus Review

Background information on draft policy revision

Admissions has requested that UMD adopt a uniform standard of accepting scores of 3, 4, or 5 for AP exams. UMTC, Morris, and Crookston all accept scores of 3 and above. In addition all MNSCU schools, all University of Wisconsin schools, and all North and South Dakota system schools accept scores of 3 and above. UMD is the only university in the four reciprocity state area that does not uniformly accept scores of 3 or above. At the meeting on 9-18-12 EPC approved a motion for UMD to uniformly award credit for scores of 3 and above on AP exams. This requires a change in current policy language. See draft revisions below.

Exams for Credit or Proficiency

Effective:
Last Updated: Approved by EPC October 12, 2011; amended and approved by Campus Assembly November 22, 2011
Policy Owner: Academic Affairs; amended by EPC September 19, 2012.
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Certain examinations are accepted for credit toward or exemption from equivalent degree program requirements.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students may earn college credit for successful completion of some CLEP examinations which have been reviewed by faculty and determined to assess the content of certain UMD courses. The list of approved CLEP exams is maintained and posted by the Registrar.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

High school students may earn college credit by receiving satisfactory examination scores (of typically 3, 4, or 5) on the College Entrance and Examination Board Advanced Placement Program examination, or scores (of typically 5, 6, and 7) on the International Baccalaureate examination. UMD faculty review individual AP and IB exams to determine the minimum required score and equivalent course for each exam. The list of approved AP and IB exams, and the associated minimum required score and equivalent course are maintained and posted by the Registrar.

Departmental Examinations

Academic departments have the discretion to offer any currently-enrolled, undergraduate degree- seeking student an exam to either demonstrate proficiency or earn course credit. Departments may establish eligibility criteria for an exam for proficiency or credit. The format of these exams is at the department's discretion (e.g., final examination, oral tests, written papers or projects). A student may not take an exam for credit for a course in which s/he is currently enrolled or one already completed for any grade basis (i.e., A-F, S-N, or AUD status). No department is required to offer exams for proficiency or credit.

1. Exam to earn course credit

A departmental exam for credit may be used to earn credit for a course. Credit(s) earned by departmental exam do not earn GPA points and are reflected only within the student's cumulative credit totals on the transcript (not within the term in which the student completed the exam). Credits earned through examination are not considered as regular, residence, or transfer credits.

The academic department giving the examination will determine the minimum standards for successful completion of an exam for credit. Students are required to pay the credit by special examination fee for exams to earn course credit.

Background information on draft policy revision

Admissions has requested that UMD adopt a uniform standard of accepting scores of 3, 4, or 5 for AP exams. UMTC, Morris, and Crookston all accept scores of 3 and above. In addition all MNSCU schools, all University of Wisconsin schools, and all North and South Dakota system schools accept scores of 3 and above. UMD is the only university in the four reciprocity state area that does not uniformly accept scores of 3 or above. At the meeting on 9-18-12 EPC approved a motion for UMD to uniformly award credit for scores of 3 and above on AP exams. This requires a change in current policy language. See draft revisions below.

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Work of "C-" quality or better will earn credit with a 'T' posted on the transcript to indicate credit by exam. If the work on the examination is below this level, no notation is made on the transcript. Only credits, not grades, are granted upon successful completion.

Procedures to take an examination for credit are found at: http://www.d.umn.edu/registrar/credit_by_exam.html

2. Exam to demonstrate proficiency

A departmental exam for proficiency may be used to fulfill prerequisites for advanced courses or satisfy other requirements. An exam for proficiency does not yield any course credit or grade. The academic department giving the examination will determine the minimum standards for successful completion of an exam for proficiency. Courses satisfied through proficiency examination do not reduce the total credit requirements for graduation or in the major field.
If proficiency is demonstrated, a notation is made on the student's transcript that reads, "Course X satisfied by proficiency examination."

The department determines whether there is a fee for proficiency testing and administers the fee.

 


 

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