HOW TO APPLY FOR A GEN ED CREDIT:

Note: Do not assume your application will be approved! If you are scheduled to take your Gen Ed Elective, register and remain in your class until you have been notified about the decision regarding your application. If approved, your course will be dropped on your behalf.
 

  1. How do I apply for a credit in a General Education course?
    1. INTERNAL credits: Some courses completed here at Fanshawe require an internal application form. These forms can be obtained at the School of Language and Liberal Studies (A2003). There is no fee for processing an internal credit application.
    2. EXTERNAL credits: All courses completed at another college or university require an External Application for Course Credit form. These forms can be obtained and are submitted in the Office of the Registrar. Relevant certified transcripts and course outlines must be on file/submitted to the Office of the Registrar at the time of application. There is no fee for processing an external credit application.
  2. Do I need a passing grade to apply for a course credit?
    You must have a minimum "C" or 60% to apply for external credit. Unless otherwise indicated by your program, a minimum "D" is acceptable for internal credit.
  3. Are grades in "credit courses" calculated as part of my GPA (Grade Point Average)?
    Speak with the School of Language and Liberal Studies in A2003 to find out if your internal credit will be calculated as part of your GPA. External Credits are not calculated as part of your GPA.
  4. When do I have to submit my application?
    Your application should be received before classes begin in order to be processed before the drop deadline.
  5. How soon will my application be processed?
    Your application is processed and sent to the assessing School by the Office of the Registrar. Timelines can vary depending on the time of year, however applications are normally assessed within 10 business days from the time the assessing School receives your paperwork. Applications cannot be assessed until a student is registered and all fees are paid. Applications cannot be made over the phone or by email.
  6. Can I use an OAC course for external credit?
    You may use only courses from recognized, accredited post-secondary institutions. OAC courses are not eligible for external credit.
  7. Can I apply for multiple external credits at the same time?
    Yes. Each external credit sought requires its own External Application for Course Credit form.
  8. Is one semester of a year-long university course acceptable for credit?
    If a grade has been given at the end of the first semester and is recorded on the transcript, the course could be eligible for credit. One semester of a year-long course is the equivalent of a one semester Fanshawe General Education course.
  9. What kind of course is accepted for external credit?
    Most courses in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Studies are acceptable; many other courses may be.
  10. Do I need to submit a course information sheet with my application?
    For external applications, it is strongly recommended that you attach a detailed course description (syllabus) for courses you wish to use as credit.
  11. How are applications processed?
    Applications are assessed by criteria; there are separate criteria for elective and mandatory Gen Ed courses.
  12. How will I know if my application was approved?
    The SIS Designate in the School of Language and Liberal Studies, will contact you via e-mail. (Ensure your contact information on WebAdvisor is accurate).

Credit Procedure:

I) Elective General Education Credits

General Education elective credit applications are assessed according to five criteria:

  1. Does the course content meet Gen Ed criteria?
  2. Is it a 3-credit course (i.e. 45 hours)?
  3. Did you receive a grade of C (60%) or better (for external credits)?
  4. Is the institution an "accredited" college or university?
  5. Is the course outside the student's vocational field of study?

If the answer to all of these questions is a yes, then your application should be approved. However, the Gen Ed Coordinator makes the final decision.

II) Mandatory General Education Credits

General Education mandatory credit applications are assessed according to four criteria:

  1. Is there a min. 70% match (including such elements as learning outcomes, week-by-week content and assessment) between the course required as a Gen Ed mandatory and the course(s) used as credit?
  2. Is it a 3-credit course (i.e. 45 hours)?
  3. Did you receive a grade of C (60%) or better? (For internal credits, some schools require a C grade, but the majority only require a D).
  4. Is the institution an "accredited" college or university?

If the answer to all of these questions is yes, then the application should be approved.
Please note: Credit for Gen Ed mandatory courses is usually more difficult to obtain than credits for Gen. Ed. elective courses. This is due principally to criterion #1.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

General Education Program Advisor
School of Language and Liberal Studies (A2003)
519 452-4480 or 519 452-4442 x4584

Or

Student Information Systems Designate
School of Language and Liberal Studies (A2003)
519 452-4480 or 519 452-4442 x4365