Alternative credit is defined as college credit earned outside of Kirkwood credit course completion, transfer course completion or credit by examination. Alternative credit requests cannot be made to replace a failing grade for a course previously attempted. The student will be assessed an administrative charge of $25 per application. If the application is approved and the outside work is not articulated Kirkwood Continuing Education coursework, a fee will be assessed equal to one half the current tuition for the credit course on the application.
A maximum of 18 credits may be awarded for alternative coursework and exam credit of any kind. A student must request alternative credit be awarded. The credit is not awarded automatically.
To obtain credit for articulated Kirkwood Continuing Education coursework, the student must consult with his/her advisor first. If the advisor recommends the student proceed, the student must submit the following:
To obtain credit for an industry recognized, third-party portable certificate, credential or licensure, it must be valid at the time of application. The student must submit the following:
To obtain credit for work experience or experiential learning, the student must submit the following:
- Application for Alternative Credit form
- Portfolio, to include but not limited to:
- Portfolio assessment by the appropriate alternative credit advisor and lead faculty
- A current resume
- A job description that clearly defines duties and a letter from the employer verifying that the student has met the competencies of the course(s) requested.
Alternative Credit Forms
Students considering applying for alternative credit should first meet with the alternative credit advisor for their department.
All forms, attachments, documentation and the application fee should be submitted by the alternative credit advisor to the Cashier, One Stop office, 2nd floor Kirkwood Hall, for billing, processing and archival.
Alternative credit will be denoted on the student’s transcript as exam credit. The credit will not apply to the grade point average calculation. If the student transfers to another institution, credits earned through this policy are subject to the receiving institution’s transfer credit policies and procedures. It is not guaranteed that all post-secondary institutions will recognize these credits.
If the Application is denied, the student will be notified in writing by the department coordinator or Dean. The Application and a copy of the denial letter must be submitted to the Records Evaluator for inclusion in the student’s academic record and archival. The student may appeal the decision to the Vice President Academic Affairs. The appeal must be made in writing and submitted within 10 business days of the denial.