Credit is generally awarded for college-level course work completed at institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Foreign institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education (or equivalent) in that country.
Credits earned in non-accredited institutions are generally not accepted for transfer. However, credit may be granted for post-secondary work from non-accredited institutions by examination and/or upon department evaluation of course syllabi and other program information. Courses must be similar in nature, level, and content to a course in our undergraduate curriculum and applicable to one of our academic programs; this includes courses that are technical or vocational in nature.
Continuing education courses, graduate-level courses, and courses that are remedial or doctrinal in nature are not transferable.
All credit that is transcripted is evaluated, including credit that is awarded for experiential learning, for other forms of prior learning, or that which relies on the evaluation of responsible third parties. Credits earned through test-out at one institution and are clearly indicated on the official transcript, will transfer to UW-Stout as it would under normal transfer circumstances. These credits may include retroactive credit for foreign language and test-out credit for that institution's actual course (as opposed to elective credit).
In order to receive credit earned by means of any other test (such as Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate) must provide UW-Stout with an original score report. These credits are pre-determined by departmental review. Dual credit courses or programs for high school students are considered equivalent in learning outcomes and levels in achievement to its higher education curriculum by means of receipt of an official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution.