Back in the late 90s I attended a vocational college called Computer
Learning Center or CLC for short. Shortly after graduating the school went
bankrupt and this made obtaining my transcripts literally impossible.
Amazingly its taken me almost 5 years to obtain my transcripts from the
state of California and im glad to say they are in my hand. After some
careful reviewing of Excelsior’s website it says that they will accept only
official transcripts however after almost 5 years I really had no choice
but to examine and read what the state had sent me. I was so elated to have
received my transcripts after all this time. So to conclude id like to know
the following : Do you know if Excelsior will accept transcripts that are
in there official envelopes but opened? Id really like to know if any of
these credits will be transferable or if they would even consider taking
Also I have a few semesters of junior college under my belt I'd like
to submit my transcripts from my JC time however my transcripts are going
to be riddled with good grades and poor grades. Should I still submit my
transcripts to excelsior despite there being A's thru F's ? I’m embarrassed
to say that but I’m ready to finish this degree and move on.
will almost certainly NOT accept an open or unsealed transcript.
CREDIT EARNED AT ACICS ACCREDITED SCHOOLS
There is a far
greater concern, however, and that is that none of the big three assessment
institutions to include Excelsior COSC and TESC, nor indeed, any
other regionally accredited institution may accept credit awarded by the
Computer Learning Center (CLC) or other ACICS accredited schools.
perhaps where some articulation agreement existed between a regionally
accredited college and an ACICS accredited school, relative to a specific
program or course (I seem to recall some such arrangements existed between
ITT colleges and the University of Phoenix, for example).
A more general
exception would be where a particular course offered by an ACICS school has
been assessed for equivalency by ACE. In that case there should be few
problems with acceptance and transfer of credit. Other than that, the only
thing you could do would be to portfolio your CLC coursework. This may be a
relatively straight forward exercise if :
1. You have the
original CLC course curricula.
2. The detail and
level of your CLC courses can be mapped to courses offered by a regionally
accredited four-year institution.
3. You have
evidence of achievement in those CLC courses (here, your transcripts
provide that evidence).
regionally accredited junior college credit –
4. All passing
grades will be transcribed at your discretion
5. No failing
grade will be transcribed.
6. With respect to
this issue, fortune favors the shameless.
As noted, no
failing grade will be accepted or transcribed, and that policy has
far-reaching consequences. It means of course, no failing grade can appear
on your academic record. Certainly good news for you. Additionally, you may
selectively suppress any course credit you happen to bring with you or that
you earn subsequent to enrollment. That is, you can discard poor passing
grades at your discretion. It means you can bide your time, complete degree
requirements, then looking at all your results, cherry pick which credit
you want to appear in your final transcript.
The effect of
these rules (no failing grades, option to discard graded passes) is that
with judicious application, they can do wonders for your GPA. You will need
to have suitable alternate credit before you can dump the poor stuff, but
excess duplicate credit is not at all uncommon, if you have earned college
credit prior to enrollment, or taken GRE subject exams which may duplicate
some credit earned in a related discipline.
See BA in 4
Weeks, “Which degree?”, accessible via the link on the homepage.