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Alternative Credit and Special Course Arrangement

Alternative Credit

Judson University welcomes students of all ages. Many students bring a depth of knowledge in specific subjects that may have been acquired experientially. Students who have been accepted as Judson University students may convert this learning into University credit on the basis of satisfactory performance on proficiency examinations.

Advanced Placement Tests

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a cooperative educational endeavor of secondary schools, Universities, and the University Board. It consists of 29 university-level courses and examinations in 16 academic disciplines. The examinations in most subjects cover the equivalent of a full-year university course. Judson University awards at least three credit hours for a score of three and at least six credit hours for a score of four or higher on tests of the one-year courses. Some of the examinations cover the equivalent of a half-year course; three credit hours are awarded for a score of three or higher on these. A table listing Judson University courses awarded for satisfactory scores on AP examinations is available in the Registrar's Office. Students should request that AP test scores be sent to the Registrar's Office. Advanced Placement Chart.

College Level Examination Program

Judson University grants credit for satisfactory scores on College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests in accordance with American Council on Education's (ACE) recommendation for acceptable score and award of credit hours. A table listing Judson University courses awarded for satisfactory scores on CLEP examinations is available in the Registrar's Office. Students who have previously completed CLEP tests should request that the test scores be sent to the Registrar's Office. Students who are considering a CLEP test should consult with their advisor and the Registrar's Office to ensure the credit would apply to their academic program. Traditional students can find the CLEP approval form on the forms page of the intranet. Credits that are earned through CLEP are pass/fail and will not be calculated into the student’s GPA. Forms are located at the Lindner Center, 2nd floor. CLEP Chart. 

International Baccalaureate

Judson University recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program and awards students’ credit for examination scores in the credit by examination program. Judson University awards six semester hours of credit for each higher level examination with a score of five or better. Completion of the IB Diploma is encouraged.

Challenge Exams

Departmental Challenge Exams have been developed by Judson University faculty for some courses. Students should discuss challenge exam options with the appropriate division chair.

Alternative Credit Options Limit.

No more than 30 hours of alternative credit options may apply to graduation.

Special Course Arrangements

Auditing

Students are permitted to audit courses without credit or grade contingent upon permission of the course instructor and the Registrar. Students auditing a course generally attend lectures but are not required to submit coursework or take exams. Audited courses will be recorded on student transcripts with a grade of AU and zero credit hours earned. Students that do not attend at least 60% of the classes will receive a “W” for the course. To change a course from credit to audit, or from audit to credit, students must complete and submit to the Registrar's Office the audit request forms by the Friday of the first week of each semester. Audited courses do not count towards graduation or full-time status. The audit tuition rate will be charged if the audited course creates an overload (over 17 hours) or if the student is at part-time status.

A maximum of of ten hours of "Special Courses" may be applied to degree requirements.A fee will apply to all Special Course Arrangements, please see the financial section of the catalog to very the current fee. A completed application must be submitted to the sponsoring professor, the student’s advisor, the department chair, and the division chair of the student's major for approval early in the term preceding the term students wish to do the study. If the course is outside of the student's major the proposal must also be approved by the division and the department of the course requested.

For example, students wishing to do an independent study during the fall semester must secure professor, advisor, and department chair approval the preceding spring semester. If the student is a business major requesting to take a special course offering from social sciences, the chair of social sciences will also need to approve this proposal.

Special Course Arrangement petitions are available on the web under the Registrar's Office forms page or in the Registrar's Office.

Independent Study - (486)

Students are occasionally encouraged to do independent study projects under the guidance of a faculty member. These students:

  1. Must have a grade point average of 3.00 in their major when applying for an independent study.
  2. Must have completed 75 hours before the term in which they will do the study.
  3. May not duplicate a regularly offered course.
  4. Must invest a minimum of 45 hours of work for each credit hour approved.
  5. Must attach a typewritten statement to their application that includes:
    • The title of the proposed project, credit hours applied for, purpose and scope of the project and statement of background in the project area.
    • A description of how the project will be conducted.
    • A description of the final product, what it will be and how extensive (Regardless of the nature of the project, a paper is usually one component of the final product).
    • A bibliography.

Individualized Study - Currently Offered Course

Occasionally students are unable to take a required course during the term it is offered. Professors, in this case, may agree to instruct these students on an individualized study basis. These sponsoring professors and student will determine how the course objectives will be attained. The student and sponsoring professors must give rationale on the application form for why the course must be taught on an individualized basis. The student's academic advisor must give rationale on the application form for why the requirement cannot be met by a course substitution or a Readings in the Divisional Field. Application forms are available from the Registrar's Office or on the Student Web Information System under traditional forms.

Directed Research

(188/288/388/488).  Students may occasionally benefit from intensive laboratory experience. Students wishing to conduct research must consult with a sponsoring professor to develop a research proposal that will be evaluated and approved by the division chair. These students:

  1. Must be in good standing and have completed one semester at Judson.
  2. May not duplicate a regularly offered course.
  3. Must invest a minimum of 45 hours of work for each credit hour approved.
  4. Must attach a typewritten statement to their application that includes:
    • The title of the proposed project, credit hours applied for, purpose and scope of the project and statement of background in the project area.
    • A description of how the project will be conducted.
    • A description of the final product, what it will be and how extensive (Regardless of the nature of the project, a paper is usually one component of the final product).
    • A bibliography.

 

Readings in the Divisional Field

(290/490). Students may occasionally benefit from intensive reading in a discipline. Students wishing to register for Readings in the Divisional Field must consult with a sponsoring professor to develop a list of significant books and journals to be read. This list will be evaluated and approved by the division chair. These students:

  1. Must be in good standing and have completed one semester at Judson.
  2. May not use the Readings as a substitute for major/minor/general education requirement.
  3. Must read 300 pages and submit 10 pages of written work for each semester hour enrolled.
  4. Must attach their approved reading list to their application.

Irregular Courses

Courses sometimes do not fit the term calendar, such as summer study tours. Students are billed for such courses when they register for them and they will receive grades and credits at the close of the official grading period following the conclusion of the courses. Students wishing to register for such courses must secure advance approval of the academic advisor and the division chair.



Registrar Office Staff

Virginia L. Guth
University Registrar

Maria L. Aguirre
Assistant to the Registrar
Graduate Programs
Study Abroad Programs
Commencement

 

Heather Johnson
Assistant Registrar
Adult Programs

Susan J. Kunze
Assistant to the Registrar
Traditional Programs
Reporting


Kirsten Olson
Student Records
Transcript Ordering
Enrollment Verifications

Jill A. Hargis
Graduation Auditor

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