Evaluating, Awarding, and Accepting Credit

Policy number: 
06.001
Policy description: 

As an institution of higher education, the University of North Texas (UNT) holds the responsibility for determining and upholding standards related to the awarding of credit hours for student work consistent with national standards.  This policy sets the definition of a credit hour and delineates the ways in which credits are evaluated, awarded and/or accepted by UNT.

Policy owner: VP for Academic Affairs
Policy contact: 
Angie Cartwright
Assistant Vice Provost
Faculty Success
Applies to: 
Faculty, Staff, Students, All University
Date Issued: 
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Last updated: 

Date: 
02/16/2024
Action: 
Format Only
Comments: 
Supplemental guidelines have been added as an attachment to this policy.
Date: 
04/10/2023
Action: 
Revision
Comments: 
This policy has been revised to reflect the change regarding who the approver is for face-to-face courses that contain fewer contact hours or are delivered in shortened time periods. The approver shifted from the responsibility of the dean to the responsibility of an academic administrator with responsibility for the program in which the course is delivered. Clarification was provided to specify which institutions UNT accepts transfer credit from and the application of those courses towards baccalaureate degrees. Vocational/technical transfer credits may be applied to academic baccalaureate degrees upon evaluation by qualified faculty and confirmed through the curriculum approval process. A requirement was added to specify that prior learning experiences must be comparable in rigor, substance, and proficiency as a UNT course and include an assessment of student attainment of learning to be considered for UNT credit. 
Date: 
12/22/2021
Action: 
Revision
Comments: 
Updated title and first heading, corrected policy contact job title, and fixed minor accessibility issues in document.
Date: 
11/15/2021
Action: 
Revision
Comments: 
Language updated for improved clarity.
Date: 
01/09/2015
Action: 
Revision
Comments: 
Revised to include relevant elements from the deleted policy "Two-Year College Transfer Credit".