Transfer of Credit Policy

Articulation Agreement

UVF has an articulation agreement with the Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels, Belgium.

Transfer of Credit

UVF has a policy specific to the transfer of credit that applies to all courses transferred into the institution. The policy contains established criteria regarding the transfer of credit earned at other institutions. Credit for course work taken at other institutions will be transferred to UVF subject to the following primary considerations:
    a. The accreditation status of the institution; b. The mission of the institution from which credits would be transferred; c. The comparability of the course work with UVF course work; and d. The appropriateness of the course work for meeting baccalaureate and graduate degree requirements at UVF.
a. Accreditation Status
The platinum standard of transferability is college/university-level accreditation with one of the regional accrediting agencies recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). These are:
    1. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; 2. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; 3. The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; 4. The Commission on Technical and Career Institutions of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; 5. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; 6. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; 7. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges; and 8. The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Other national accrediting agencies recognized by CHEA, such as the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), will be evaluated on an institution-by-institution basis. UVF will transfer in credits specified on transcripts from regionally accredited colleges and universities which were earned at another institution and then transferred to the institution issuing the transcript, without making an independent effort to ascertain whether or not this work meets generally accepted college-level standards.
b. Mission
    UVF will accept credit from institutions endorsed by the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education. Religious studies courses transfer if they are not doctrinal, confessional, or sectarian in nature. Religious studies courses from public institutions transfer without special review; religious studies courses from all other institutions will be evaluated by appropriate college or departmental faculty. Member institutions accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), a national accrediting agency recognized by CHEA, will be recognized. Bible institutes and training centers which have articulation agreements with UVF will be evaluated based on the specifics of the agreement. Bible institutes and training centers which do not have articulation agreements with UVF will only be evaluated for Life Experience credit. This will be done on an institution-by-institution basis.

c. Comparability of Coursework
    Credit granted by another institution for non-traditional experiences: College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), military training will be re-evaluated for content and comparability by the Office of Admissions. Credits from technical schools may be considered for transfer when appropriate to astudent's degree program. Credit is not normally transferred from specialized or proprietary institutions, military training, or industry-based education programs. UVF will only accept transfer credit from courses that are taken in a seated, face-to-face format, and online. UVF will not accept correspondence courses for transfer.

d. Appropriateness of Coursework
    Transferable credits are accepted by UVF to the extent that they apply to the student’s declared program of study. Evaluation is done by the Registrar’s Office – in collaboration with Department chairpersons, when necessary – and relevant credits are articulated and applied to the transcript accordingly. The relevancy of general courses is determined by the course content and will be accepted for transfer credit according to the Equivalency Requirements for General Education Courses in the full policy. Transfer credits from other institutions will be limited to a total of 96 credits toward a Bachelor’s Degree and 30 credits toward an Associate Degree. This is in compliance with the Univeristy of Valley Forge’s policy that the final 30 credits must be taken through the College. The University of Valley Forge follows the recommendations of the joint statement of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, The American Council on Education/Commission of Educational Credit and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation regarding the transfer of credits from institutions of postsecondary education. Transfer of credits toward a degree program is based on the comparability and applicability of the credit from the sending institutions toward a degree program at UVF. Grades of at least “C” or its equivalent are considered for possible credit. All students must earn the last 30 credits through UVF to qualify for graduation. Any change of major will require re-evaluation of transfer credits. UVF will not automatically transfer in credits for Life Experience or non-classroom learning awarded by another institution. UVF will make its own determinations regarding Life Experience or non-classroom learning. Because of the great variety of types of educational institutions that exist around the world, as well as how difficult it is to assess foreign equivalencies to American terminology and standards, the University of Valley Forge requires academic credit earned from institutions located outside of the United States not only to be documented with transcripts or similar official reports, but also to be evaluated using the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) "Course-by-Course Evaluation." Transfer credit will be assessed based on equivalency to collegiate work completed at regionally accredited institutions in the United States
In accordance with 34 CFR 668.43(a)(11) states: (a) institutional information that the institution must make readily available to enrolled and prospective students under this subpart includes, but is not limited to – 1) a description of transfer of credit policies, 2) established criteria regarding the transfer of credit, 3) a list of institutions with which the institution has established an articulation agreement.