IV: Academic Policies and Procedures
policies and procedures described in this chapter govern the
conduct of academic matters affecting students enrolled in the
College. Exceptions to these policies may be granted only upon
written petition to the Academic Standards Board. Honors
students petition the Honors Academic Board; Residential College
students petition the RC Counseling Office.
Special Kinds of Academic Credit
Credit by Examination (CBE)
that students may have background in particular academic areas,
the faculty has left it to each department to decide if it is
possible for students to earn credit by examination. While the
opportunites are quite limited, the amount and type of credit
in any area is determined by the academic department(s) in which
a student feels qualified to seek credit by examination. Some
departments recognize certain subject area College Entrance Examination
Board College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations
and grant credit on the basis of specified performance on such
examinations. All CLEP credit is evaluated as incoming transfer
credit, and questions regarding CLEP credit should be addressed
to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Only those CLEP examinations
specifically accepted by academic departments at the University
of Michigan may be used to certify credit by examination toward
to or in place of CLEP examinations, some academic departments
have prepared examinations which are administered on campus.
earned by examination is out-of-residence credit. It is posted
on a student's transcript as credit earned toward the degree
but without honor points and identified by the notation "Credit
by Examination." Failure to pass a departmental examination
is not noted on a student's transcript or in a student's academic
Retroactive Credits in French, German, Hebrew, Latin, and Spanish
possible for LS&A students to earn up to a maximum of 8 retroactive
credits for prior academic work completed in French, German,
Hebrew, Latin, and Spanish. To earn these credits students must
successfully (with a grade of B or better, not a B-) complete
an upper-level course into which they were placed (by means of
the placement test).
scale is as follows
|Result on Departmental
(the course placed into)
B or better
in the following course
|Number of credits
granted retroactively upon successful completion of the course
language course taught in the target language:
250, or higher for French
or higher for German
or higher for Latin
or higher for Spanish, but not 290.
courses and one-credit conversation courses are not allowed.
See specific departmental regulations for more information.)
|232 (202 for
||232 (202 for
|231, 221, 103,
102, or 101
(202, 201, 102, or 101 for Hebrew)
policy is effective for all students whose first term of enrollment
in LS&A is Fall 1997 and thereafter. Students who entered
LS&A before Fall 1997 are not eligible to participate in
the Retro-Credit Program.
must enroll in and successfully complete (with a B or better)
a designated course on the UM-Ann Arbor campus.
course taken to earn retro-credits must be the first college
course in the foreign language and must be designated as appropriate
for this purpose by that department. Consult the appropriate
department regarding proper placement.
there is no time limit on retro-credit, we strongly recommend
that students complete coursework and apply for retro-credits
within their first year of enrollment in LS&A.
Pass/Fail option disqualifies students from receiving the retroactive
students are not allowed to get double credit for the same work.
That is, transfer students may only receive transfer credits
for the foreign language or retro-credits given through successful
completion of the designated course, not both.
may receive a maximum of 8 credits toward graduation through
AP examination and/or the Retro-Credits Program. For guidelines
on AP credit, consult an LS&A academic advisor or the relevant
policy is directed toward students who began learning French,
German, Hebrew, Latin, or Spanish as a second/non-native foreign
language, primarily in a school setting. Students with native
language fluency (i.e., students who learned the target
foreign language in ways other than formal schooling/instruction)
are not eligible to earn retro-credits in that
foreign language. Unusual cases will be addressed by the individual
departmental undergraduate concentration advisors.
questions on language placement and the Retro-Credit Program
should be directed to an academic advisor in the LS&A Academic
Advising Center or to the concentration advisor in the individual
How to Apply
for Retroactive Credits in French, German, Hebrew, Latin, and
your placement is 232 (202 for Hebrew), enroll in 232. If you
have placed out of the language requirement, enroll in a designated
upper-level language course in that language. Retroactive credits
will be granted after successful completion of the course with
a B or better. Courses in translation and one-credit conversation
courses can not be used in the Retro-Credit Program. Consult
specific departmental regulations for more information.
out the Application
for Retroactive Credits, which you will receive from
the instructor in your foreign language course. Return this form
to your instructor as early as possible during the term.
the course with a grade of B or better.
language instructor will complete the form and return it to the
department will certify the grade for the course and forward
it to the LS&A Academic Advising Center or the Honors Program
Academic Advising Center will verify the information on your
form, confirm your application, and authorize the posting of
the retro-credits to your transcript.
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