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Academic Policy - Credit


Credits Among Schools at The Sage Colleges

Undergraduate credit at The Sage Colleges is applied equally to Sage College of Albany and Russell Sage College. Credit is not transferred between the Colleges. Undergraduate credit from any of The Sage Colleges is applied toward baccalaureate degrees as The Sage Colleges credit. All undergraduate credit earned at The Sage Colleges is applied toward the completion of requirements of baccalaureate degrees, 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 the Bachelor’s Degree:

 

Standing Credits
First Year 0-23
Sophomore 24-53
Junior 54-86
Senior 87 or more

Substitution/Waiver Policy

The Department Chairperson/Program Coordinator may approve the waiver of a major requirement for a student. For course substitions, the Department Chairperson/Program Coordinator for the course that is being substituted MUST sign the form. For example, substitution of a Math course requires the approval of the Math Department. For general education core requirements, the decision rests with the Dean of the College. This approval may be secured in writing or via e-mail from the Chairperson/Coordinator or Dean and MUST be attached to the Substitution/Waiver Form before it is returned to the Office of Student Services.

In lieu of the Substitution/Waiver Form, Substitution/Waivers may be done via e-mail, but MUST contain the following:

  • Chairperson/Program Coordinator MUST be copied
  • Student MUST be copied
  • Required course
  • Course being waived
  • Course being substituted
  • Whether or not the course is a transfer course and from what institution
  • Reason/Justification
  • Statement indicating, “Copying the student indicates the student’s awareness of the substitution/waiver.”

Fresh Start Program

A student who is seeking readmission to Russell Sage College 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, such a 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. In effect, students electing the Fresh Start policy will have old course work treated as transfer credit in the calculation of credit for courses, grade point average and the determination of eligibility for honors in the respective colleges. The decision to declare a “Fresh Start” must be made 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.

Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions

 

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.

A maximum of 75 transfer credits are applicable toward a baccalaureate degree at Sage, 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 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.

Limitation of Credits Juniors and Seniors May Earn at a Two-Year College

Credits earned at a two-year college after a matriculated student has attained junior or senior status at RSC are not normally transferable. However, for transfer students to the College, as well as continuing students who are changing majors or have recently done so, this restriction takes effect after their newly-declared major allows degree completion within 45 credits, or as soon as they are enrolled in those courses in the major appropriate for juniors in that program (whichever occurs first). Thus a student who must “catch up” with prerequisite courses in a new major before moving on to the junior level and otherwise risks having to take an additional year to complete the program will be allowed to take those courses at another college (typically over the summer), including a two-year college, if the student is unable to take them at Sage.

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

Students may petition the Dean of RSC for a waiver of any part of this policy. 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. Students transferring into the third year of an accelerated RSC undergraduate program leading to a graduate degree will receive special consideration.

Summer School - Transfer Credit after Matriculation

A 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 for coursework below a “C-.” Transfer credit forms are available from the Office of Student Services.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

A maximum of 75 credit hours is applicable toward the baccalaureate degree at Russell Sage College.  Second degree students must complete a minimum of 45 additional credit hours, including at least one-half the major field requirement.  Second degree students possessing an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States are exempt from all general education requirements at Russell Sage College except for WLD 401.  Students may appeal to the Dean of Russell Sage College for a waiver of this requirement based on evidence of prior service learning experience.  Those holding bachelor’s degree from international institutions may appeal to the Academic Dean for a waiver of all or a portion of general education requirements. 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit and/or placement is possible for qualifying scores from the College Level Examination Program. At Russell Sage College up to 66 credit hours may be received. Normally, credit is awarded for acceptable scores in subject examinations and is applied to general education and elective requirements. For information about the CLEP program go to http://clep.collegeboard.org.  The following table specifies appropriate exam and credit available.

 

Exam Score Course Equivalent Cr.
American Literature 50 ENG elective credit 3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 ENG 154 3
English Composition 50 ENG 101 3
English Literature 50 ENG elective credit 3
Algebra 50 MAT 112 3
Algebra/Trigonometry 50 MAT 113 3
Biology 50 BIO 101 & BIO 102 8
Chemistry 50 CHM 111 & CHM 112 8
Calculus with Elementary Functions 50 MAT 201 4
College Mathematics 50 MAT elective credit 3
Trigonometry 50 MAT elective credit 3
French, Level 1 50 FRE 101, FRE 102 6
French, Level 2 59 FRE 101, FRE 102, FRE 201 9
German, Level 1 50 GER 101, GER 102 6
German, Level 2 60 GER 101, GER 102, GER 201 9
Spanish, Level 1 50 SPA 101, SPA 102 6
Spanish, Level 2 63 SPA 101, SPA 102, SPA 201 9
American Government 50 POL 101 3
Educational Psychology 50 EDU 206 3
Introduction to History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 HST 105 3
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 50 HST 106 3
Human Growth and Development 50 PSY 202 3
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50 ECO 201 3
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 ECO 202 3
Psychology, Introductory 50 PSY 101 3
Sociology, Introductory 50 SOC 101 3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 HST 109 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 HST 110 3
Accounting, Principles of 50 ACC 101 3
Business Law, Introductory 50 BUS 212 3
Management, Principles of 50 BUS 205 3
Marketing, Principles of 50 BUS 204 3

Credit for Prior Learning

Baccalaureate students at least 25 years of age may be eligible to receive credit for a variety of prior college-level learning through such activities as community service, military or employer-sponsored training, work experiences, or self development. Students must complete one course from The Sage Colleges to participate in this option. Consult the Director of Academic Advising for further information, and see the section on Tuition and Fees (Activity Based Fees).

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Russell Sage College welcomes students who have participated in an International Baccalaureate program. Students who have completed IB coursework not represented below should consult the Dean of Russell Sage College.

 

Subject Score Course Equivalent Cr.
Biology HL 5 BIO 101 and 101L 4
  HL 7 BIO 101/102 + labs 8
Business/Management HL 5 MGT 235 3
Chemistry* HL 5 CHM 103 or 111 4
  HL 7 CHM 111 and CHM 112 8
Economics HL 5 ECO 201 and 202 6
English HL 5 ENG 101 3
  HL 7 ENG 101and 220 6
French HL 5 FRE 101 and 102 6
  HL 7 FRE 201 and 202 6
History HL 5 Equivalent RSC course or HST elective 3-6
Math SL 5 Gen. Ed Quantatative Reasoning requirement waived 0
  HL 5 MAT 113 3
Psychology HL 7 Equivalent RSC course or PSY elective 3
Spanish HL 5 SPA 101 and 102 6
  HL 7 SPA 201 and 202 6

*The Chemistry Department will evaluate each case for appropriate lab experience before granting credit; if the laboratory experience of a student is deemed not equivalent, CHM elective credit is given instead (3 or 6 credits, respectively).

College Proficiency Examinations (CPE)

Credits from this program, sponsored by the Regents External Degree Program of the New York State Education Department, are available in the same manner as for CLEP. The maximum of 66 credits hours toward baccalaureate degrees are aggregates for a combination of CPE, AP, CLEP, IB and any other credit from a 2-year school.

Accredited Proprietary Schools

Students who have achieved a minimum 2.500 cumulative grade point average (4.000 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 2.000 cumulative grade point average (2.200 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.”

Non-Collegiate Programs

Credit may be available for courses sponsored by organizations which are recommended in the “Guide to Educational Programs in Non-Collegiate Organizations” of the State University of New York.

Advanced Placement Program (AP Credit)

Russell Sage College recognizes 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 exams.

 

Exam Score Course Equivalent Cr.
Art: Art History 3, 4 or 5 ART 206 3
Art: Studio Art 3, 4 or 5 ART 101 3
Biology 4 BIO 101 4
Biology 5 BIO 101, BIO 102 8
Calculus AB or Subscore AB 3 Quantitative reasoning elective credit 4
Calculus AB or Subscore AB 4 or 5 MAT 201 4
Calculus BC 3 Quantitative reasoning elective credit 4
Calculus BC 4 or 5 MAT 202 4
Chemistry 3, 4 or 5 CHM 111 & CHM 112 8
Computer Science A 3 Technology intensive general education requirement 3
Computer Science A 4 or 5 CSI 125 3
Computer Science AB 3 Technology intensive general education requirement 3
Computer Science AB 4 or 5 CSI 126 3
Economics: Macro 3, 4 or 5 ECO 201 3
Economics: Micro 3, 4 or 5 ECO 202 3
English Lang & Comp 4 or 5 ENG 101 (RSC) 3
English Lit & Comp 4 or 5 ENG 101 3
Environmental Science 4 or 5 BIO 110 3
French Language 3 FRE 201 3
French Language 4 FRE 202 3
French Language 5 FRE 211 3
French Literature 3 or 4 FRE 201 3
French Literature 5 FRE 315 3
German Language 3, 4 or 5 GER 201 3
Govt & Politics: US 3, 4, or 5 POL 101 3
Govt & Politics: Comparative 3, 4, or 5 POL 103 3
History: US 3, 4, or 5 HIS 105, HIS106 6
History: European 3, 4, or 5 History elective credit 3
History: World 3, 4 or 5 History elective credit 3
Human Geography 3, 4 or 5 Elective credit in Social Science 3
International English Language [APIEL] 3, 4 or 5 Substitutes for TOEFL requirement for admission 0
Latin: Virgule 3, 4 or 5 Humanities elective credit 3
Latin: Literature 3, 4 or 5 Humanities elective credit 3
Music Literature 3, 4 or 5 Music elective 3
Music Theory 3, 4 or 5 Music elective 3
Physics B 3, 4, or 5 PHY 101 & PHY 102 8
Physics C: Mech 3, 4, or 5 PHY 101 4
Physics C: Elec & Magnetism 3, 4, or 5 Elective credit in Natural Science 3
Psychology 3, 4, or 5 PSY 101 3
Spanish Language 3 SPA 201 3
Spanish Language 4 SPA 202 3
Spanish Language 5 SPA 211 3
Spanish Literature 3 or 4 SPA 201 3
Spanish Literature 5 SPA 315 3
Statistics 3, 4 or 5 MAT 220 3