SCC Course Catalog

Transfer of Credit Policy

Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions for Curriculum Policy

Approved By Date
Board of Trustees 11-10-2011
Executive Leadership Team 10-24-2011
ICORE 10-05-2011

The Records and Registration Office will review post-secondary transcripts of applicants for admission once official transcripts are received by Stanly  Community College. Transfer credit will be granted for courses having a “C” or better and meeting both of the following qualifications: Course content closely parallels the course content of the SCC course for which credit is granted. Course credit hours match the credit hours of the SCC course for which is granted.

Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions for Curriculum Procedures

Approved By Date
Executive Leadership Team 05-03-2021
ICORE 04-19-2021
  1. Some courses with a technical or skill content may be denied acceptance. The College reserves the right to accept or reject credits. Courses not approved for transfer may be reconsidered by completing an Appeal Form with the Records and Registration Office. The Records and Registration Office will address the appeal with the appropriate Associate Dean. The Associate Dean will return the appeal outcome to the Records and Registration Office within five business days. The Associate Dean’s decision will be final. Some programs may require competencies for specific courses regardless of course age. (Please see particular program of study information.) The College will accept transfer credits only from accredited institutions or internationally accredited foreign colleges. See number 6 below.
  2. At least one-fourth of the credits required for a degree, diploma, or certificate must be earned from Stanly Community College. Students who re-enter the College after two continuous semester absences must do so under the current operating catalog.
  3. The College is using the following GAAP (Generally Accepted Accrediting Principles) criteria in recognizing accrediting agencies:
    1. Recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation in Washington, D.C.
    2. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
    3. Recognized by (or more commonly, a part of) their relevant national education agency
    4. Schools they accredit are routinely listed in one or more of the following publications: the International Handbook of Universities (a UNESCO publication), the Commonwealth Universities Yearbook, the World Education Series, published by PIER, or the Countries Series, published by NOOSR in Australia 
  4. As such, the following regional accrediting agencies are accepted, including any previous form of the agency’s title:
    1. Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    2. Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
    3. Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
    4. New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE)
    5. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
    6. Southern Association on Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
    7. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  5. The following national accrediting agencies are accepted:
    1. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
    2. Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
  6. Students that have attended an educational institution outside of the US, and wish to receive credit, will need to have their secondary and/or post-secondary transcripts translated and evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) recognized organization.  NACES membership must be current or was current at the time the evaluation was conducted.  More information regarding recognized NACES organizations may be found at  Send certified transcripts along with the official translation, still in a sealed envelope by the evaluation service to:   
    • Stanly Community College, Enrollment Management Department—Transcripts, 141 College Drive, Albemarle, NC 28001
    • OR electronically at
  7. In order to receive credit for program specific courses for readmission or admission with transfer credit, the applicant must successfully complete a competency exam and/or audit selected classes as designated by the program director. The competency exam will test the applicant’s knowledge of material covered in classes that were successfully completed up to the point of withdrawal. Audits and/or competencies must be successfully completed in order to be considered for readmission or admission with transfer credit. Applicants will be given one opportunity to complete the competency exam(s) and/or audit(s) successfully.


* Due to the States of Emergency enacted by the President of the United States, the Governor of North Carolina, and governors of other states in March 2020, transfer courses completed during the 2020 Spring, 2020 Summer, and 2020 Fall semesters only, a grade of “P” or “S” will be accepted as equivalent to a grade of “C” or better for course transfer evaluation.




Revision: 10-24-2011 (procedures); 04-27-2020 (procedures)