Students will be awarded credits based on nationally recognized examinations (Advanced Placement [AP] program, the International Baccalaureate [IB] program, and the College-Level Examination Program [CLEP]) when they meet the minimum standards for the campus awarding the credit.
These credits awarded become applicable to a University of Minnesota degree program or certificate program only after the student has been admitted and enrolled as a degree-seeking student or admitted to the certificate program.
Academic unit authorities on each campus have discretion to establish the minimum standards for awarding credits for nationally recognized examinations. In determining those standards, academic unit authorities evaluate the material in the nationally recognized examination. If the material is judged to be substantially similar to that of an existing course, credit will be awarded for that specific course. If the material is judged to be of college level but not substantially similar to an existing course, the academic unit may assign general departmental credits.
To provide the opportunity for enrolled undergraduate students to receive credits for nationally recognized exams when the minimum standards, as determined by academic unit authorities, have been met. This policy implements criteria and requirements for accreditation established by the Higher Learning Commission.
- Academic unit authority
- The academic college, department, or committee responsible for determining the minimum standards required to receive credit for a nationally recognized exam.
- Academic department
- The unit on campus offering coursework that is the same or substantially similar to the subject area of the nationally recognized exam.
- The process by which a student accepts the University’s offer for admission and indicates that he or she intends to enroll.
- Minimum standard
- The minimum exam score a student must earn in order to receive University credit for a nationally recognized exam.
- Nationally recognized exam
- Exams overseen by an independent organization (e.g., College Board) that determines the national standard for the exams’ content and scores.
- Academic unit authority (academic departments on the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester campuses; Scholastic Committee on the Morris campus; Academic Standards and Policy Committee on the Crookston campus)
- Determine the minimum standards (i.e., exam score) to receive credit for a nationally recognized exam.
- Office of Admissions (Twin Cities, Duluth, Crookston, and Rochester); Scholastic Committee in cooperation with the Office of the Registrar, Morris)
- Oversee the administrative process for nationally recognized exams.
- October 2014 - Clarifications related to Higher Learning Commission accreditation requirements.
- March 2014 - Comprehensive Review, Minor Revision - Clarifies that an individual must be in a U of M degree program to be awarded these types of credits.
- May 2011 - New Policy, Comprehensive Review. Specifies the authority for awarding credits for nationally-recognized exams. Defines where the credit will be applied (either as equivalent to an existing course, or as general departmental credits.)
- Examinations for Credit and Proficiency (Senate Policy)