Wichita State University encourages students to seek credit for knowledge they may have acquired in a variety of ways through the Credit for Prior Learning program (CPL).
Students who have had college-level education through traditional or nontraditional means, and can demonstrate achievement may be eligible to earn credit by following our Credit for Prior Learning pathway.
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Students may transfer credit and credentials earned by courses from other institutions and military training. In addition, WSU has worked extensively with Kansas community colleges to develop Transfer Guides, a list of courses that will transfer to the University's various departments.
CPL awarded by all accredited institutions of higher education is evaluated in the same manner as regularly graded coursework from these institutions. The credit awarded is adjusted to the CPL policies of Wichita State. Every attempt is made to ensure that credit for prior learning applies to both a student’s degree program and university requirements for graduation. However, in no case may a transfer student receive more credit than the credit available to students at Wichita State.
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Undergraduate credit may be obtained by examination through the WSU Counseling and Testing Center. CPL will not be awarded for duplication of credit or to replace course grades. Students should check with an academic advisor before attempting any test or other means of CPL assessment to ensure the credits will transfer.
CPL Options Offered at WSU:
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|AP National Exams||x|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit||x|
|CLEP National Exams||x|
|DANTES DDST Exams||x|
|GED College Ready Math Testing (ACE Credit)||x|
|Military ACE Credit Recommendation Services||x|
|Corporate ACE Credit Recommendation Services||x|
|Institutional Challenge Exams||x|
|Departmental Challenge Exams||x|
|Institutionally-evaluated Training for Credit||x|
|Life Experience Evaluation||x|
Credits for prior learning are posted to a student’s transcript as soon as paperwork is received/validated and posted to the academic record by the Registrar’s Office. They appear as transfer work because it is credit for learning that did not occur through enrollment in a WSU course.
There is no overall cap on how much CPL a student may earn. However, WSU graduation requirements still apply, which include:
45 hours of upper division credit
60 hours from a 4-year school
the last 24/30 or last 50/60 hours must be taken at WSU
At Wichita State University, a student can use CPL for:
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Departments have varying policies as to any CPL (credit by exam, retroactive credit, etc.) that will be deemed equivalent to their courses. Once the equivalency is determined and posted to the student’s record, it will be acceptable in any department/program in which that course meets a degree requirement.
As CPL credits are applied to the transcripts, students should work closely with their advisor to coordinate and maintain a plan of study through graduation.