Transferring Credits

Transfer Credit Policy

Based on the criteria stated in the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) Handbook, DEAC Standards VII, Admission Practices, 2015, Criteria C.9., Policy on Degree Programs, Maximum Allowable Transfer Credits, a DEAC institution “must conform to its state regulatory agency’s requirements on the amount of transfer credit.” In our case, the state regulatory agency is the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).  Accordingly, the University of Philosophical Research (UPR) bases its bachelor’s transfer policy on BPPE standards.

Undergraduate Transfer of Credit Policy

BPPE, 5 CCR, Section 71770(b) states:  

A maximum of 75 percent of the units or credit that may be applied toward the award of the bachelor’s degree may be derived from:

Units earned at institutions approved by the Bureau, public or private institutions of higher learning accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or any institution of higher learning, including foreign institutions, if the institutions offering the undergraduate program documents that the institutions of higher learning at which the units were earned offers degree programs equivalent to degree programs approved by the Bureau or accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  UPR degrees are fully accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

This means that 75% of UPR’s degree requirements may be satisfied based on former educational work you have already completed.  A grade of “C” or above is required for each completed course.

Applying for credit

Official transcripts for all potential transfer credit will be evaluated by UPR administration.  In certain cases, a specific course description/syllabus may be requested to determine its appropriateness to the UPR curriculum.  In most cases, courses completed with a “C” grade or better from a national or regional accredited institution will suffice. UPR does allow academic credit for standardized tests, for example, College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

UPR accepts College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. UPR will only accept credit for standardized tests toward fulfillment of lower-division undergraduate requirements.  CLEP is a group of standardized tests created and administered by College Board.  These tests assess college-level knowledge in numerous subject areas and provide a mechanism for earning college credits without taking college courses.  They are administers at more than 1,700 sites across the United States.  There are about 2,900 colleges which grant CLEP credit. Each institution awards credit to students who meet the college’s minimum qualifying score for that exam.  UPR’s minimum qualifying score is 55 out of a possible score of 80, which is in the average range of higher education institutions.  These tests are useful for individuals who have obtained knowledge outside the classroom, such as through independent study, homeschooling, job experience, or cultural interaction.  They provide an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in specific subject areas and bypass undergraduate coursework. Courses cost $80.00, which is less than a quarter of coursework.

CLEP administration will send test scores to any school the student designates.  Some colleges do not accept the credit for every test that CLEP offers.  Below are the CLEP courses acceptable to UPR.

Subjects Credits
Composition and Literature:
American Literature 6
Analyzing Literature 6
College Composition 6
English Literature 6
Humanities 6
Foreign Languages:
French, Level 1 6
French, Level 2 12
German, Level 1 6
German, Level 2 12
Spanish, Level 1 6
Spanish, Level 2 12
History and Social Science:
American Government 3
Educational Psychology, Introduction to 3
Human Growth and Development 3
Psychology, Introduction 3
Social Science and History 6
Sociology, Introductory 3
Western Civilization 1: Ancient Near East to 1648 3
Western Civilization:  1648 to Present 3

CLEP Preparation Materials

There are many choices for CLEP preparation materials including Pass Your Class (http:/www.passyourclass.com) (book or online PDF and the Official CLEP Study Guide (http://clep.collegeboard.org) (physical book).

If you have any questions regarding the CLEP process, call or email UPR’s Student Services Coordinator, Frank Sabia, at 323.663.2167 x.119 or e-mail: f.sabia@uprs.edu.

Transferring from UPR

Credits you earn in our Bachelor’s of Arts programs may or may not be transferable to any other college or university, such issues must be resolved by the college or university in question.  This is the case with all institutions of higher education. In addition, if you earn a degree in our Bachelor’s of Arts program, it also may or may not serve as a basis for obtaining a higher level degree at another college or university.

 

Graduate Transfer of Credit Policy

BPPE, 5 CCR, Section 71770(b) states:  

“No more than 20% of graduate semester units or the equivalent in other units (UPR uses quarter units) awarded by another institution may be transferred for credit toward a Master’s degree.  UPR accepts transfer units from national and regional accredited institutions of higher education.

Therefore, an entering student my transfer a maximum of 20% of graduate credits  earned at another institute of higher education to be applied to their UPR degree program. UPR administration will conduct a course(s) evaluation to determine if the proposed transfer credit is appropriate to our Masters’ programs and that it can be substituted, or apply in addition for one or more of our offered courses. A minimum grade of “B” is required for every course evaluated for transfer.

Applying for credit

1.  Official transcripts for all potential graduate transfer credits

2.  UPR administration will review the completed courses and examine the course descriptions/syllabus based on the former school’s course catalog as presented on its webpage to determine the academic appropriateness to transfer.  Where gathered information is inadequate to make the determination, the student will be asked to provide the full information from the course description/syllabus. UPR does not allow academic credit for standardized tests.

Transferring From UPR

Credits you earn in our Masters of Arts programs may or may not be transferable to any other college or university, such issues must be resolved by the college or university in question.  This is the case with all institutions of higher education. In addition, if you earn a degree in our Masters of Arts programs, it also may or may not serve as a basis for obtaining a higher level degree at another college or university.  UPR does not allow academic credit for standardized tests.

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