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3.5.2 Institutional Credits for a Degree

At least 25 % of the credit hours required for the degree are earned through instruction offered by the institution awarding the degree. In the case of undergraduate degree programs offered through joint, cooperative, or consortia arrangements, the student earns 25 % of credits required for the degree through instruction offered by the participating institutions. (See Commission policy "The Transfer or Transcripting of Academic Credit.").

Responsible Unit: Division of Academic Affairs

Compliance Judgment



North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T) awards degrees only to those students who have earned at least 25 % of the credit hours required for the degree through instruction offered by the institution. A&T requires undergraduate students to complete a minimum of 124 semester hours, excluding deficiency courses and remedial work, for the bachelor's degree [1]. Academic departments use curriculum guides for their majors to track the courses/hours needed for graduation [2]. With a maximum of eighty transfer hours from a four-year college and sixty-four semester hours from a two-year college [3], the institution allows a maximum of 65% of course work to be transferred credit from another accredited institution. Student transcripts indicate courses taken at other institutions [4]. The Substitution/Waiver Form is used as part of the tracking process for courses taken [5].

The university awards degrees only to those students who have completed three semesters as a full-time student at the university. In order to be classified as a full-time student, the student must take at least twelve semester credit hours of course work each semester [6]. This requirement includes the two semesters prior to the period when the student completes his/her requirements for graduation. At least one-half of the credits in the student's major field must be earned at the university [1]. Exception to either of these provisions may be made upon the recommendation of the chairperson of the student's major department with the approval of the school dean. For example, a student transferring from an accredited school in the UNC System during the junior or senior year may not meet the requirement of having taken half of the courses in his or her major at A&T.

A&T is a participating institution in the Piedmont Independent College Association's Greater Greensboro Consortium (GGC), which is made up of a community college, and colleges and universities in the area. Students may take courses at the participating institutions upon the recommendation of their advisors and approval of their deans. The institution also coordinates its international programs through the Office of International Programs (OPI) to provide students with international/global perspectives. For more discussion on affiliation/consortium agreements, see the response to SACS Principle 2.7.4, Course work for Degrees.

Supporting Documents

[1] Undergraduate Bulletin 2008-2010 "General Requirements for Graduation"

[2] University Website, Curriculum Guide for Business Education (Information Technology - IT)

[3] Undergraduate Bulletin 2008-2010 [PDF p. 52]

[4] Transfer Credits, Student Transcript

[5] Registrar Substitution/Waiver Form

[6] Undergraduate Bulletin 2008-2010, Course Load [PDF p. 59]

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