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Academic Credit

Normally, a one-contact-hour class taught in a lecture format carries one semester-hour of credit. A two-contact-hour class taught in a laboratory format carries one semester-hour of credit. Semester-hour credits can be changed into the equivalent number of quarter-hour credits by taking one-and-one-half times the number of semester-hour credits. Conversely, quarter-hour credits may be changed to semester-hour credits by taking two-thirds times the quarter-hour credits.

Independent Study

The purpose of independent study is to permit students to develop or expand an area of special interest beyond the course offerings at Itasca. Prior to registration, independent study plans must be submitted in writing to the administration on a special form available from the Dean of Academic Affairs. Registration must be preceded by discussion with the supervising instructor in which the nature of the project, the number of credits to be awarded and the evaluation procedures to be used are defined. A student may earn one or four credits per independent study contract with a maximum of two independent study projects allowed for meeting graduation requirements. Besides tuition, a $75 fee is assessed for each independent study.

Credit by Examination

Students currently enrolled at Itasca who have gained knowledge in certain fields through training or experience and who believe they have sufficient background normally gained through a regular course offered by this college may petition for an examination granting credit for the course. These examinations may take the form of a written test, an oral examination or some other demonstration of competency.

 Forms to request credit by examination are available in the ICC Student Services One-Stop in Backes Center. Requests, with instructor’s consent, must be submitted prior to enrolling in the class. A student may earn a maximum of 10 credits through this option and will be permitted to test only once for each course. In sequential courses, no credit by examination will be granted when a student has earned credit in a more advanced course.

 All credits earned through this procedure will be granted on a letter grade basis. They will be recorded on the student’s official transcript clearly marked as “credit-by-exam.” Courses numbered 8000 and above are exempt from the credit by examination option. A special fee of $50 per credit is charged for the credit by examination option.

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

Students whose scores on the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations are rated 3, 4, or 5 will be considered for advanced placement and/or credit. Students who wish to apply for advanced placement should have their test results sent to the ICC Student Services One-Stop in Backes Center.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

Students successfully completing the IB Higher Level Examinations with scores of 4, 5, 6 or 7 will be considered for advanced placement and/or credit.  ICC does not issue credit for subject level exams. Diploma or certificate copies should be sent to the ICC Student Services One-Stop in Backes Center. Credit granted through AP and IB programs may be used for partial fulfillment of the general education distribution requirements for the Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degrees.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program enables students to earn college credit by examination. Anyone may take CLEP tests to demonstrate college level competency. A student interested in taking the CLEP exam should contact a CLEP testing center. Contact the ICC Testing Center for more information.

CLEP offers two types of standardized tests. The General Examinations are given in the areas of English composition, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and history. A score that meets the ACE recommendation in the subject area will earn six college credits in each of those areas. A grade of P is recorded for these credits. The Subject Examinations, given in 47 specific subject areas, measure achievements in specific college courses and are used to grant exemption from and credit for those courses.

Credit or Waiver for Armed Services Training

Credit or waiver of credit will be authorized using “A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services” after consultation with appropriate faculty members. These credits will be granted on a Pass (P) basis. Military transcripts are evaluated like college transcripts.

Maximum Credit Allowance for Credit Alternatives

Credits granted through AP, IB, and CLEP may be used to complete up to two-thirds of the minimum requirements in each general education distribution area for the Associate in Arts degree. Students may earn a maximum of 16 credits through such testing.

Students intending to transfer to other institutions should be aware that the receiving institution determines the acceptability of AP, IB, and CLEP credits; these institutions may have different regulations from those of Itasca. Contact the Counseling and Career Center for more information.