Admissions and Records
Students may request to have transfer credits evaluated by submitting a “Petition for Transfer Credit Evaluation” form to Admissions and Records. Students must submit official transcripts or training records and then allow up to 4-6 months for the evaluation to be completed. When completed, students will be able to view their transfer credit in myWNC and can run a degree audit report to determine how transfer credits apply toward their intended degree or certificate program. An email will be sent to each student when the transfer evaluation is completed.
Admissions and Records will only accept official transcripts from other colleges, universities, high schools, and educational testing sources; unofficial copies will not be accepted. A transcript must be sent directly to Admissions and Records by mail or electronically from the applicable institution to be considered official; faxed copies will not be accepted. A transcript that is hand carried in a sealed envelope to Admissions and Records that was mailed to the student directly from the applicable institution may be accepted as official provided the envelope has not been opened. High school transcripts from a home school must contain the name, birth date and social security number of the student and a signature of the parent or other individual who is authorized to provide home schooling. A copy of a letter from the school board approving the student as home schooled must be attached in order for the transcript to be considered official.
Credits earned in institutions that are accredited by one of the six, regional accrediting associations (MSACS, NCACS, NEASC, NWASC, SACS, WASC) are normally transferable, provided the courses are comparable to those offered by WNC and are applicable toward degree requirements. Credits earned from schools that are not regionally accredited will be considered nontraditional education.
Only transfer credits that apply toward a requirement (including required electives) will be applied toward a degree or certificate. WNC can accept transfer credit as follows:
Courses from NSHE institutions will be accepted for equivalent courses per common course numbering. Courses from other institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis based on the course title, designator, credits, course numbering system used by the institution and course description if available. Upper division courses are generally not acceptable for general education requirements, but may apply towards emphasis requirements on a case by case basis. In general, graduate level courses are not accepted to fulfill degree and/or certificate requirements.
If the information provided on the transcript is not sufficient for Admissions and Records to make a determination as to course applicability towards the student's desired program, the student will need to provide additional information from the transfer institution regarding the course, such as a course outline or syllabus. If necessary, a faculty member from the corresponding program will be consulted.
Quarter credits are worth 2/3 of a semester credit. If a student lacks fractional credits in any area(s) of general education requirements, the student may satisfy the requirement(s) by completing other listed general education courses provided the student completes at least the minimum total requirements listed in the general education section for any degree or certificate. While an area or areas may be a fraction of a credit less than required, the total general education credits may not be reduced. While a specific program requirement can be satisfied with a fraction of a credit less than required, the total program requirements can not be reduced. Students who lack fractional credits in any area(s) of general educational or program requirements should see a counselor.
WNC will consider awarding credit for prior experiential learning to students who have been accepted to the college. A minimum of 45 contact hours or 15 hours of instruction plus two hours of outside preparation per contact hour is required for each credit awarded. The college may accept a maximum of 15 credits from non-traditional sources to include the following:
The above sources must meet the minimum standards for accreditation by nationally or state recognized agencies. Credits from non-traditional sources are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In general, credit is awarded only for those courses or training experiences that are comparable to those courses offered by Western Nevada College. Certain credits may be applicable to satisfy course requirements for occupational degrees while others may be used as elective credit primarily for the AGS and AAS and Bachelor of Technology degrees and for certificate of achievement only. The only nontraditional credit applicable towards the AA and/or AS degrees is from military service as documented by a DD2-14, or correspondence or extension courses from a regionally accredited institution. Nontraditional education credit will not be awarded to fulfill general education requirements except for the human relations requirement when applicable.
Admitted students who are veterans and have completed more than one year of active duty may be granted non-traditional credit from a DD2-14, up to a maximum of 4 credits. Students may also receive credit for additional military training by sending an official military transcript.
Credit may be awarded from some recognized colleges and universities outside of the country; an official college transcript is required. If the transcript is not in English, the student is responsible for having the transcript translated through an acceptable translation service. Credit for English/communications requirements is only accepted from institutions located in the following countries: Australia, Canada, England, Ireland and New Zealand. Contact Admissions and Records for further information.
A maximum of 30 credits for an associate or 60 credits for a bachelor's degree, accumulated through an acceptable credit by examination process, may be accepted toward degree requirements. A maximum of 15 credits in a single subject area is allowed. A student must be currently enrolled and have completed coursework for credit at WNC before credit by examination will be placed on an official academic transcript. Credit granted by examination is posted on the student transcript with a grade of "P" (pass), with the name of the testing program, date of examination, and number of credits awarded. Credit earned by examination may not apply toward satisfying the minimum on-campus resident credit requirements.
The college recognizes that students accumulate a great deal of information outside the classroom without formal instruction. There are times when this information may be extensive enough to satisfy the requirements of courses offered by the college. For this reason, with approvals, an enrolled student may be allowed to take challenge examinations to receive credit in certain courses. A student interested in these examination procedures should Admissions and Records or a counselor on the Fallon campus.
Policies relating to challenges are:
Credit may be granted for the satisfactory completion of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general examinations.
A maximum of three semester credits may be granted for each of the five general examinations (except English) earning the following standard scores:
Students may earn three to six English credits if their test includes an essay and the following scores are earned on the examination:
A maximum of three semester credits may be granted for each subject examination. Only certain examinations are acceptable; inquire at the Admissions and Records office for the list of approved CLEP subject examination. Contact Admissions and Records for information on credit granted for course equivalents and/or elective credit for general and/or subject exams. Students will not grant credit if the student already completed an equivalent course.
Upon receipt of an official score report from the College Board and a satisfactory essay when required, credit may be granted for examinations with a score of 3 or higher, with the exception of Foreign language and literature and human geography, which requires a score of 4 or higher. In general, WNC will award credit as approved by the University of Nevada, Reno. Contact Admissions and Records for further information.
When a transcript from another institution is received by Admissions and Records, the transcript becomes the official property of Western Nevada College. Admissions and Records does not release or provide copies of a student's official transcript from another institution to third parties or to the students.
Upon request, students may view their transcript from another institution and take notes in regards to classes, semester, and grades but may not have a copy. Exceptions to the policy are at the discretion of the Registrar and are only granted in extreme cases such as 1) the institution housing the original records has been destroyed and WNC has the only known existing transcript, or 2) international transcripts that the student is unable to obtain.
If a student disagrees with a transfer credit evaluation the student is encouraged to obtain and submit further written information about the course in question such as a course outline or syllabus, and/or a course description if it was not originally available. If a student questions an evaluation from a nontraditional source the student is encouraged to obtain further written information about the training including number of hours of the training, information about the training source, accreditation, etc. Admissions and Records will reconsider amending the original evaluation if such information is provided.
If such information is not available, and/or if the student disagrees with the second evaluation, he/she may file a Transfer Credit Evaluation Appeal. A counselor who assists Admissions and Records with transfer evaluations will be consulted for a second opinion for consideration of the Registrar. If the appeal is denied, the student will be given a reason for denial in writing. If the reason is a result of a course not meeting basic rules and policies, such as fulfilling the minimum number of credits required, the course was developmental, not completed at a regionally accredited institution, etc. the decision will be final.
If the reason is not based on such a policy and the student disagrees with the decision of the first appeal the student may submit a second appeal. The appropriate Division Chair will be consulted for an opinion. Admissions will provide the Division Chair with a copy of the course description and any additional information submitted by the student. The Division Chair may designate a faculty member in the specific department of the course or the degree/certificate program to act in his/her behalf. The decision of the Division Chair and/or his designee will be final. If the division cannot make a determination, the Registrar will make the final determination. If a request is denied, the student will be given a reason for the denial in writing. The decision of the second appeal will be final.