The institution awards academic credit for course work taken on a noncredit basis only when there is documentation that the noncredit course work is equivalent to a designated credit experience.
Southeastern is in compliance with
Educational Programs Comprehensive Standard 3.4.8.
Southeastern Louisiana University does not award academic credit for nonacademic pursuits such as continuing education courses or “life experience.” However, there are avenues that provide for academic credit when the appropriate knowledge base is demonstrated. Academic credit may be awarded when there is sufficient information available to allow an assessment that supports the awarding of credit. The University's policy states “persons having knowledge equivalent to that usually attained in specific courses should be advanced in level to afford a continuous challenge.” The following guidelines are outlined in Southeastern's 2003-2004 General Catalogue on pages 59-63.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject examinations allow for the granting of credit for specific courses. The University will accept a maximum of thirty credit hours through CLEP and a maximum of sixty semester hours through nontraditional educational experiences.
The University subscribes to the DANTES Subject Standardized Test program as offered through the Department of Defense. Credit for DANTES exams are accepted when scores deemed acceptable by the University are obtained. DANTES credits are limited to a maximum award of eleven course credits. Southeastern will not allow DANTES credit during the last 30 hours of coursework.
The National League of Nursing Proficiency Examination Program allows nursing students who have sufficient knowledge and experience to take national exams in order to gain credit. Southeastern recognizes NLN exams as indicative of the knowledge obtained in four specific courses.
Departmental credit exams allow the granting of credit to those students whose knowledge base is deemed sufficient to support the awarding of credit. Each department may prepare and administer an exam for their courses when deemed appropriate by the department head and the dean.
Southeastern Louisiana University grants credits for certain educational activities undertaken by members of the U.S. military as provided for through A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, by the American Council on Education.
Southeastern Louisiana University has been designated a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College. Members of the military may receive academic credit through the Servicemembers Opportunity College, though the SOC primarily assists in the transferability of credits for military personnel.
Southeastern Louisiana University is a participating institution with the United States Armed Forces Institute. Credits earned in the USAFI may transfer and be recognized by a division of Southeastern Louisiana University in accordance with the recommendation of the American Council on Education.
General Catalogue 2003-2004, Credit by Examination and Advanced Placement