A: So you didn't get into the school you wanted and now you'll have to settle for a degree or diploma from your second choice.
Or do you? Did you know transferring to a new school part way through your education doesn't automatically mean losing your credits or having to start over? If you weren't accepted to your first-choice school, transfer credits can be your ticket back in. So, what exactly are these magic, transfer credits and where do you get them? Campus Starter asked Wendy Loat, Senior Admissions Policy Advisor and Manager, Comparative Education Service at the University of Toronto, our expert for this issue to explain.
"Credit evaluation is when a student wishes to move from one institution to another and receive recognition for their previous studies; from anywhere to anywhere. [In Canada] we have standard credit values for all of our courses but each university and college sets their own admission requirements and their own criteria for recognizing academic qualifications obtained elsewhere. Credential assessment or credit evaluation is the process of having academic courses completed in one institution compared to specific academic requirements in another and determined to be, or not be, equivalent."
The process is not an easy one and students should not just assume they will receive the credit. Transfer credits usually occur when transferring from one university to another, or from a university to a college level. Faculty from the university or college you wish to attend will assess your previous studies. Original or official documents or certified copies of documents are normally required. As well, Loat recommends bringing any sort of literature, course descriptions or syllabi that would better help faculty members understand what information and topics you have already covered. Keep in mind that all submitted documents will be examined for evidence of tampering or misrepresentation and will be examined by evaluation officers to verify their authenticity.
Each credential is reviewed separately and can be assessed on a variety of criteria including:
· 3 entrance requirements to the program;
· 3 previous level of study;
· 3 content covered in courses;
· 3 hours of study completed;
· 3 the student's performance.
Loat reveals, "In most cases they wouldn't be just handed a test and expected to write it." If necessary, faculty from a specific discipline may hold an interview with the student for more insight. Sometimes the way courses are taught from one institution to another, the descriptions are not as clearly defined. The interviews allow more leeway in determining whether or not a student has covered the necessary material. A faculty member can discuss the topic with the student and spot any areas of weakness or low knowledge.
Students should have received their letter of acceptance before applying for any credit evaluations. The evaluation process is done second to the school admission process so the earlier students can apply for admission to their schools of choice, the better. If a student wasn't accepted to their first-choice school, then yes, transfer credits can be