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Credit


Credits Among Schools at The Sage Colleges

Undergraduate credit at The Sage Colleges applies equally among Sage College of Albany, School of Professional & Continuing Education and Russell Sage College. Undergraduate credit earned at any of The Sage Colleges is applied toward the completion of baccalaureate degree requirements, the calculation of cumulative grade points, and the determination of eligibility for honors in the respective colleges.

Credit Hour Policy at Sage

A contact hour is described as interaction between faculty and students via lecture, discussion, research, project/problem, debate, etc. For lecture class formats, one credit requires a minimum of 12.5 faculty contact hours (750 minutes) and a minimum of 30 hours of out-of-class student work over the course of the 15 week semester. A three-credit course is thus equal to a minimum of 37.5 faculty contact hours (2,250 minutes) with the expectation of 90 hours of student out-of-class work time.  Summarized below are the credits awarded to students enrolled in a lecture course format based upon the faculty contact hours and expected student work hours.

 Credits awarded for Lecture/seminar based courses taught in a 15 week semester:

 

 Faculty direct instruction
 time (hours)

 Faculty direct instruction  
 time (minutes)

 Student out-of-class   
 work time (hours)

 1 credit

12.5

750

30

 2 credits

25.0

1500

60

 3 credits

37.5

2250

90

 4 credits

50.0

3000

120


In addition, the following define standard practices for awarding credits for other types of class formats:

Online or hybrid courses 

Online and/or hybrid courses provide direct instruction time equivalent to 12.5 hours per credit awarded. Students are expected to engage in a minimum of 30 hours of additional work for every credit awarded.

Weekend, summer, or accelerated courses

Courses offered at an accelerated pace during the semester or during the summer must meet the same learning outcomes as an identical course offered during the 15 week semester at the standard pace. Faculty direct instruction time is a minimum of 12.5 hours per credit awarded.

Laboratory Courses

Science and clinical labs with 2 contact hours/week over the 15 week semester are awarded 1 credit. Labs with 3 contact hours/week over the 15 week semester are awarded 1 to 1.5 credits.  Labs with 4 or more hours/week over the 15 week semester are awarded 2 credits.

Lab-based courses offered through a combination of class and laboratory meeting observe the credit hour standards using the appropriate combination of lecture and lab guidelines (e.g. a 4-credit lecture/lab with 2.5 hours of lecture per week would have a 2-3 hour weekly lab). 

Studio Art, Music, and Dance Courses

  • Studio art courses: 3 credits are awarded for NASAD accredited studio art courses (with prefixes such as ART, GMD, and IND) that have 5 contact hours per week for 15 weeks. Non accredited studio art courses (AFA prefix) have 4.3 contact hours per week for 15 weeks and are awarded 3 credits.
  • Studio music courses (including Applied Voice, applied instrument, and Chorus): for every 1.5 credits awarded, students receive a minimum of 50 minutes of direct instruction/week for 10 weeks and are expected to practice for a minimum of 1 hour each day.
  • Studio dance courses: 3 credits are awarded for studio dance courses that have a minimum of 2.5 hours of direct instruction per week for 15 weeks. Students have additional course requirements and assignments that require a minimum of 2 hours of additional work for every credit earned.

Undergraduate or Graduate Internship, Practicum, Student Teaching, Clinical Placement

The specific number of required hours per credit awarded varies depending on the discipline and/or the requirements set by the program’s accrediting body. All require a minimum of 40 supervised clock hours per 1 credit awarded.

Thesis/Dissertation, Honors Project

Courses in which students are working on independent projects such as a thesis/dissertation or honors project conform to the standard minimum of 3 hours of student work per credit hour, per week, throughout the course of the semester, or the equivalent amount of work distributed over a different period of time.

Independent Study

Courses offered through independent study are awarded a varying number of credits depending on the agreement between the student and faculty member. The student meets periodically with the professor at a schedule or frequency agreed upon at the start of the course. Assignments and evaluation methods are communicated to the student in the course approval form and at the start of the course. Students are expected to engage in a minimum of 3 hours of work per week for 15 weeks for every credit hour of independent study awarded.

Credit for Prior Learning

To receive credit for prior learning, students are required to prepare a portfolio that demonstrates college-level learning and the acquisition of skills in specific courses that support the student’s goals and academic degree program. A full-time member of The Sage Colleges faculty evaluates the portfolio and determines if and how much credit the student will receive. The faculty member provides the final decision on course information and the specific number of credits awarded. Credit for prior learning is linked specifically to the same learning outcomes that are met through traditional credit-bearing courses which meet the in-class expectations and out-of-class independent work expectations.

Sage Ahead Courses

All Sage Ahead courses are consistent with the Credit Hour Policy of The Sage Colleges.

Course Scheduling

At Sage, the semester is 15 weeks, including a final examination week. The academic calendar is set by the Registrar’s Office in consultation with the Provost’s Office. The semester start and end dates are selected to insure the minimum number of days for every course offered. Most undergraduatelecture classes meet two days per week, (Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday) for 80 minutes for a total of 160 minutes/week. The 2-hour final exam period is counted as part of the contact-hour requirement. The policy for the final exam period requires that the session be utilized whether or not an examination is given. This final exam time period can be used for student presentations, critiques, writing, or other forms of scholarly practice. The schedule of graduate courses varies, but all are in compliance with the credit hour policy. For every contact hour in class, there is an expectation of a minimum of two hours of student work in preparing for the class through reading, studying, completing scholarly research, etc.

Classification of Students

A student’s academic classification (class standing) is determined by the number of credits earned toward a bachelor’s degree:

Class Standing

Credits
  (Completed credits on record)

Freshman

0-23

Sophomore

24-53

Junior

54-86

Senior

87 or more

Substitution/Waiver Policy

Students may be approved for a substitutiion or waiver of a course required for their degree program. The student must complete a Substitution/Waiver Form, have it signed by the department chairperson/program coordinator for the course that is being substituted, and return the form to the Office of Student Services. For general education requirements the decision rests with the Associate Dean of Academic Advising. This approval may be secured in writing or via e-mail.

In lieu of the Substitution/Waiver Form, substitution/waivers may be requested via e-mail, but must contain the following elements:

  • Chairperson/program coordinator must be copied
  • Student must be copied
  • Required course (Course being waived) including department and title
  • Course being substituted
  • Whether or not the course is a transfer course and from what institution
  • Reason/justification
  • Statement indicating that “Copying the student indicates the student’s awareness of the substitution.”

Undergraduate Students and Graduate Courses

Students may take advantage of policies that allow acceleration of programs offered at Sage Graduate School. Undergraduate students in good standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or better, may take graduate courses for undergraduate credit, with advisor approval and permission of the Dean of Sage Graduate School.

Undergraduate students who are seniors and who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher may take two graduate courses for graduate credit, with advisor approval and permission of the Dean of Sage Graduate School. These courses may satisfy undergraduate requirements, or if they are completed beyond the 120 credits required for the baccalaureate degree, may satisfy graduate requirements.

Undergraduate students hoping to enroll in graduate coursework should be aware of the restrictions on the policies that support acceleration. No undergraduate degree can be completed with fewer than 120 credits. The graduate degree must include a minimum of 30 new credits beyond the 120 required for the baccalaureate degree. Students in undergraduate programs should seek advisement from their program advisor and from the advisor of the graduate program to ensure that the courses selected apply to the appropriate program.


Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit - Sage College of Albany

Sage has established transfer agreements and transfer course equivalencies with many colleges. New schools, programs and additional courses are always being added.  Contact the Registrar’s Office or Advising Office for a more comprehensive list of all transfer courses accepted to date.

  • Transfer articulation agreements: http://www.sage.edu/admission/transfer/articulation_agreements/
  • Transfer course equivalency guide for most common transfer courses: https://sageadvisor.sage.edu/

A maximum of 75 transfer credits are applicable toward a baccalaureate degree at Sage College of Albany, with these conditions:

  • Final transcripts from accredited institutions (official and sealed) are required
  • Course grades of “C-” or above is required
  • Of the total 75 transfer credits permitted, a maximum of 66 credits may be from 2-year level colleges or by examinations
  • Students must complete at least half their major credits at Sage
  • Students must complete at at least 45 credit hours in residence at Sage.  Thirty of the last 45 credit hours must be completed in residence.

The Office of Student Services/Registrar evaluates credit earned at other accredited institutions per departmental guidelines.  To be eligible for credit consideration at The Sage Colleges, final official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) previously attended must be submitted. Awarding of transfer credit is on a course-by-course equivalence basis for all coursework in which grades of “C-” or above have been earned. Up to 9 credit hours may be awarded for courses that are not comparable to courses offered at The Sage Colleges. Note: transfer credit is only granted for credits that will apply to the student’s current degree program. If a student changes his/her major after initial matriculation, he/she should contact the Advising Office to determine if there needs to be a change in the amount of transfer credit that applies toward the degree.  Please note that course grades from other institutions do not transfer, only credits do.

Program directors and department chairs have final authority on the awarding of transfer credits for coursework transferring in through their departments. Transfer credits from subject areas that are not offered at Sage may be evaluated by the appropriate College Dean’s office. In some cases students may be asked to submit a course description and/or course syllabus to evaluate the Sage equivalency for the credit.

Transfer Credit - School of Professional & Continuing Education

A maximum of 90 transfer credits are applicable toward a baccalaureate degree at the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), with these conditions:

  • Final transcripts from accredited institutions (official and sealed) are required
  • Course grades of “C-” or above is required
  • Of the total 90 transfer credits permitted, a maximum of 66 credits may be from 2-year level colleges or by examinations
  • Students must complete at least half their major credits at Sage
  • Students must complete at at least 30 credit hours in residence at Sage.
  • Thirty of the last 45 credit hours (2/3 of remaining credits) must be completed in residence.

The Office of the Registrar evaluates credit earned at other accredited institutions prior to admission. To be eligible for credit consideration at The Sage Colleges, final transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) previously attended must be received before students have completed their first semester. Evaluation is conducted on a course-by-course basis for all work in which grades of “C-” or above have been earned. Up to 9 credit hours may be awarded for courses that are not comparable to courses offered at The Sage Colleges. Course grades from other institutions do not transfer; only credits do.

Students must satisfy general education as well as major requirements and must maintain satisfactory standards of scholarship to be eligible for graduation.

Transfer of Credit after Matriculation

An undergraduate student who intends to transfer credit from another institution after matriculation at Sage must file with the Registrar a statement of approval for the course to be taken, signed by the major advisor. No credit will be transferred without prior approval, nor will credit transfer for coursework with a grade below a “C-”. Please note that course grades from other institutions do not transfer; only credits do. Transfer credit permission forms are available in the Office of Student Services or the Office of Academic Advisement.

Before registering elsewhere to take a required course normally offered at Sage, the student must obtain consent of his or her academic advisor(s) and verification of course equivalence from the coordinator of the program in which the course would be offered at Sage. Such a request requires the consent of the academic advisor(s) and verification of course equivalence, if any, from the coordinator of the program in which the course would be offered at Sage

Advanced Placement Program (AP Credit)

Sage recognizes the achievements of secondary students who participate in the Advanced Placement Program (AP Credit) of The College Board. The following table defines the credit awarded for each of the AP exams.  AP credit is regarded as two year level credit.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit is granted for approved exams with qualifying scores from the College Level Examination Program. At Sage College of Albany, transfer credit is awarded for CLEP scores of 50 or higher. For information about the CLEP program, visit www.collegeboard.com, or contact the Assistant Registrar of Transfer Evaluation at (518) 292-1781 with questions. The following table specifies appropriate exams and transfer credit available.  CLEP credit is regarded as two year level credit.

Excelsior College Examinations

Credits from UExcel exams, sponsored by Excelsior College, are available for transfer for approved exams with qualifying scores.

New York University Foreign Language Proficiency Exams (NYUFLP)

Students may transfer up to 6 credits of humanities or liberal arts elective credits through the NYU foreign language testing program.

Accredited Proprietary Schools

Students who have achieved a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (4.0 system) for work done at a proprietary school accredited by the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools can petition for transfer credit according to two-year college guidelines. Most credit awarded will be applicable to electives and general education requirements, with decisions on major field credit resting with the academic department.

Non-Accredited Institutions

Students transferring from non-accredited schools may petition for credit evaluation after they have attended Sage for two consecutive semesters and earned a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (2.2 in the major field).

Armed Services Training

Training on military installations may lead to credit awarded on the basis of guidelines from the “Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.”

National College Credit Recommendation Service

Credits from the National College Credit Recommendation Service, (formally called National PONSI), may be available for approved courses sponsored by organizations which are recommended in the National CCRS Directory of the University of the State of New York.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate transfer credit is treated general elective credit. Final determination is made by individual academic departments.


Credit for Prior Learning

Baccalaureate degree seeking students may be eligible to receive credit for prior college-level learning through such activities as community service, military or employer-sponsored training, work experiences, or self development. The basis for granting credit is a portfolio of documentation prepared by the student under the guidance of an experiential learning mentor. A maximum of 30 undergraduate credits may be granted, with the following limits by category:

Academic Major = 9 credits maximum
General Education = 9 credits maximum
Electives = 30 credits maximum

To be eligible for experiential learning credit, a student must first have completed at least three credit hours with a grade of “C” or better, and be enrolled for an additional three credits. A student transferring more than 60 credits to Sage and entering the experiential learning program will be required to take a minimum of 45 credits in regular classroom work while at Sage.


Fresh Start Program

A student who is seeking readmission to Sage College of Albany and has not attended any of The Sage Colleges in four or more years may choose to have all Sage coursework (from the prior attendance) be exempt from the calculation of the grade point average. In choosing this option, the student would receive credit for courses in which a grade of “C-” or better was earned; the grades however, would not be included in the computation of the grade point average (GPA). In effect, students electing the Fresh Start policy will have old coursework treated as transfer credit in the calculation of credit for courses, GPA and the determination of eligibility for honors in the respective colleges. The decision to declare a “Fresh Start” must be communicated to the Office of Admission at the time of re-enrollment and can be claimed no more than once in a student’s career at The Sage Colleges. All original grades earned (including those below a C-), remain on the student’s transcript for record-keeping purposes, though they are not computed into the student’s grade point average.

[Advisement Note: Per the federal financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy original grades and credits will be used to determine financial aid eligibility.]