Assessment Of Prior Learning (APL)
The Goddard undergraduate educational philosophy includes the belief that college-level learning can take place outside of a formal educational setting. The Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) process creates an opportunity to document this kind of undergraduate equivalent learning when it has occurred between completing high school and matriculation into Goddard’s undergraduate programs.
College-Level Examination Program Tests
A maximum of 15 semester-hour credits of CLEP credit can be applied to a student’s academic record. Please refer to the Goddard College CLEP policy in the Student Handbook for further information regarding CLEP credit.
The end-of-semester narrative faculty evaluation provides the qualitative assessment that is the basis of the undergraduate transcript. Transcripts include an explanatory cover sheet listing dates of enrollment, degree earned or pursued, concentration(s), area of study, transfer credit accepted, course equivalents if available, and a statement regarding the absence of letter grades (refer to Grades / Evaluation Process in the General Academic Policies).
Undergraduate student transcripts contain all faculty evaluations from all areas of study and courses and the Second Reader Report (for graduating students). All areas of study and courses are required to have an evaluation irrespective of the credit awarded.
Transcripts are sent out for a fee, only at the written request of the student and when the student’s financial account with the college is clear. For further information, contact the Office of the Registrar.
Undergraduate students and their faculty advisors review their work continuously throughout a semester, and evaluate that work at the end of each semester in the form of program- and level-specific narrative evaluations.
In addition there are two formal reviews of the student’s overall progress toward meeting degree requirements, during which the student submits a portfolio documenting the degree to which they have addressed undergraduate degree requirements. Portfolios are reviewed by Portfolio Review Groups (PRGs) made up of members of the undergraduate faculty.
Portfolio Review I occurs at Level 3 or 4. It offers an opportunity for the student and the PRG to reflect on their learning thus far and assess specific learning skills such as critical thinking and writing. Portfolio Review II occurs at Level 6. Successful completion of Portfolio Review II requires that the student has addressed all of the degree requirements except the senior study. A successful Portfolio Review II is required for enrollment in the final semester.
A full-time undergraduate student earns 15 semester hours of credit for each satisfactorily completed semester. No partial credit is granted if the semester is judged to have not been satisfactorily completed. Less than full-time study options earn the credit associated with the option.
Statute Of Limitations
At the undergraduate level, Goddard is a four-year, eight- semester college. Students who have not completed requirements for the granting of the Bachelor of Arts degree by the end of their 10th undergraduate semester or its equivalent (including study elsewhere) are withdrawn. Exceptions to this may be made in the case of a student with a disability for which a reduced schedule is necessary and is approved by College as a reasonable accommodation.
If withdrawn, the students must apply for readmission — after a hiatus of no less than two semesters — if they wish to continue undergraduate studies at Goddard.
Goddard may accept up to five semesters (75 credits) of undergraduate transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities alone or in combination with credit earned from college level equivalency examinations (Advanced Placement, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)). In rare circumstances, Goddard may accept up to six semesters (90 credits) of undergraduate transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities, however, in these cases additional criteria apply. Official transcripts carrying possible transfer credit must be submitted to the College by the final day of a student’s first residency in order to be reviewed. The full undergraduate transfer credit policy is available in the Student Handbook.
It is important to note that credit earned at Goddard is transferable only at the discretion of the receiving school.