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  • Center for Extended Learning

    • Widener University
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 120
    • Chester, PA  19013-5792
    • tel: 610-499-4282
    • fax: 610-499-4369

Transfer Procedures, Extended Learning

After completing the extended learning application and forwarding official transcripts of all prior college work, transfer students will receive information showing how the college courses transfer. In addition, advanced placement tests with scores at a certain level can yield course credits. 

College Courses

The Center for Extended Learning welcomes transfer students or those who have attended college in the past. The following is considered in awarding transfer credits: 

  • Coursework must come from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the appropriate professional body. An original transcript with institutional seal and registrar’s signature is required.
  • Applicable coursework is accepted and placed against requirements of a chosen curriculum either as equivalent to a required course or as an elective. Other eligible courses are accepted on the transfer credit statement with an appropriate notation.
  • Credit will not be awarded for developmental, basic, or community service programs.
  • Transfer credits will be awarded for not more than one half of the courses required in the major subject area of an academic program.
  • Grades of C- or lower may not be transferred if it is a required course for the student’s major.
  • Advanced Standing (bloc credit) applies to students who have completed some approved programs, such as an associate’s degree in applied science or an approved healthcare program. 

By Examination

There are three test options that students may pursue to gain credit by examination.

Comprehensive Challenge Exams

These exams are developed by faculty in specific subject areas. Students view the syllabus and determine if they have a mastery of the coursework before scheduling and taking the test. A complete list of challenge exams is maintained by the Extended Learning office.  Students interested in taking a challenge exam should contact their academic advisor. 

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP exams allow students to earn college credits by achieving qualifying scores on tests. There are a total of 22 different CLEP exams ranging from 3 and 12 credits each, contingent on score and level of difficulty.

A list of all subject areas, as well as information on purchasing CLEP study guides, is available at the official CLEP website

Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)

DSSTs are designed to assist service members in completing their collegiate education. Prior DSST results will be evaluated upon admission. 

Portfolio Assessment

Portfolio Assessment allows students to receive credit by developing a portfolio documenting mastery of the learning outcomes of a specific course in a nontraditional setting.  

American Council on Education (ACE)

Students may submit an ACE transcript for training programs or educational experiences in the Armed Services that have been verified by ACE. Credit will be awarded where appropriate. Information on these programs may be found in “The National Guide to Educational Credits for Training Programs,” “The Directory of the National Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI),” and “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.”