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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Response to College Senate Recommendation: DOPS Policy on Alternate Methods to Earning College Credit

At its April 12, 2019, meeting, the College Senate voted in favor of a resolution on a revised DOPS Policy on Alternate Methods to Earning College Credit, to be implemented as follows. Proposed revisions to the policy are indicated below in ALL CAPITALS, ITALICIZED, BOLDFACE TYPE.

Introduced at the March 8, 2019, College Senate meeting by the Standards for Students Committee.
Voted on at the April 12, 2019, College Senate meeting.

WHEREAS, the current policy does not include or currently address credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) courses/exams; and

WHEREAS, our current practices and standards for awarding International Baccalaureate exam credit are higher than those of some of our peer institutions (i.e. Oneonta, Geneseo, and Oswego), who award credit for Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) exams in which a student earned a 4+; and

WHEREAS, our current practice is to award credit only for SL and HL exams in which a student earned a 5+; and

WHEREAS, Buffalo State may be interested in recruiting students who have successfully completed IB courses and exams,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Buffalo State amend its DOPS policy on Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit as revised in this document to enhance recruitment efforts; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this policy change go into effect beginning with the 2019–2020 academic year and that the college catalog and college website be updated to ensure that DOPS language is consistently reflected in the catalog and on the website for this policy.

BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE
DIRECTORY OF POLICY STATEMENTS
Policy Number: I:04:01
Subject: Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit (only edited sections included)

Advanced Placement Examinations
Credit may be granted for acceptable scores in approved Advanced Placement examinations, provided the subjects meet the curricular requirements of the specialized units of the college. Approved examinations include New York State College Proficiency Examinations (CPEP), College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Examinations (AP), INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB), and College Entrance Examination Board College Level Examinations (CLEP).

Students receiving the lowest passing grade may be admitted to an advanced course but will receive no credit for the beginning course that was exempted. All other passing grades carry college credit. Before taking such an examination for credit, students already enrolled at the college must receive advance approval from the appropriate department chair. When the examination subject is the same as or overlaps a college course already credited, no new credit will be granted.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) CREDITS
CREDIT MAY BE GRANTED FOR STANDARD LEVEL IB COURSES OR HIGH LEVEL IB COURSES FOR WHICH A SCORE OF 4 OR BETTER WAS EARNED ON EXAMS. CREDIT AWARDED MAY RANGE FROM 3-4 CREDITS AND VARIES PER COURSE AND LEVEL. STUDENTS MAY BE AWARDED NO MORE THAN 30 CREDITS TOTAL THROUGH PUBLISHED EXAMINATIONS.

Credit by Evaluation (Undergraduate)
Up to 45 credit hours may be accepted from the following sources:

Source: Maximum Credit Hours

Published Examinations: 30

No more than 18 credit hours may be in general examinations.

Course Challenge: 15

Military Service Courses: 15

Non-Collegiate Institutions: 15

Proprietary Institutions: 15

Published Examinations: Included in this category are nationally given subject and general examinations sponsored by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement Program (APP), INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB), and College Proficiency Examination (CPE). Passing grades are required for credit.

I hereby accept the resolution of the College Senate regarding the revision of the DOPS Policy on Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit at Buffalo State. I charge the provost with responsibility for overseeing the implementation of this policy change and for communicating the change to the campus community.

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