National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS)
Gain Credit Recommendations With NCCRS Evaluated Courses
Saylor.org recently took the step to have a number of courses reviewed by an external organization called The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). Saylor students now have the potential to earn college credit by working through free Saylor.org courses, and passing a Saylor designed examination. Students who successfully pass these exams will be able to receive a Saylor transcript with credit recommendations. NCCRS credit recommendations have been accepted as transfer credit at over 1500 accredited institutions. Additionally, The Saylor Foundation is continually working to expand our list of Partner Schools, who have declared willingness to accept transfer of our NCCRS recommended courses.
Courses Currently Recommended for Credit by NCCRS:
- BUS203: Principles of Marketing
- BUS204: Business Statistics
- BUS205: Business Law and Ethics
- BUS208: Principles of Management
- BUS210: Corporate Communication
- CS101: Introduction to Computer Science I
- MA001: Beginning Algebra
- MA005: Calculus 1
- POLSC201: Introduction to Western Political Thought
How it works for Students
A number of Saylor.org courses and exams have been thoroughly reviewed by a panel of independent credentialed professors and subject matter experts, resulting in the recommendation of 3 to 4 credit hours per course. This means that if you successfully work through one of these Saylor courses, and pass a proctored exam, Saylor will be able to issue you an official Saylor Foundation Transcript, which can be submitted to colleges and universities. To date, over 1500 schools have approved NCCRS recommended credit. To be eligible for college credit complete the steps below:
- Choose one of Saylor.org’s NCCRS recommended courses (course list above).
- Work through the course material as outlined on the course page.
- Complete the proctored exam.
Students have the option to take the exam with an online proctor, or with an in-person proctor:
- The approved online proctoring service which Saylor has chosen to use is ProctorU. You can find detailed information about the ProctorU exam taking process here. (There is a $25 fee, payable to ProctorU, for this online exam proctoring service).
- Students can also choose to arrange for an in-person proctor. Guidelines and instructions for in-person proctoring can be found here.
Upon successful completion of an NCCRS recommended exam, students can request to have an official Saylor Foundation transcript sent directly to schools of their choosing, or have a sealed copy sent to themselves. You can download the Transcript Request Form here.
- Just as with other Saylor exams, students may attempt an exam more than once, however there will be a 14 day waiting period between attempts. (For ProctorU proctored exams, you will have to pay the $25 fee for each attempt).
- You should remember that transfer credit is not guaranteed. You will want to inquire directly with the college or university with whom you are seeking to enroll to see if Saylor.org courses will fit into their programs. You can find important information, provided by NCCRS, related to college transfer policies here.
- While it is not a common practice, some schools do charge additional fees to transfer in credits.
Saylor.org is considering putting additional courses through NCCRS review. Check back on this page for updates, or subscribe to our Blog, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, for future announcements.
“Since 1973 National CCRS (formerly National PONSI) has been evaluating training and education programs offered outside of the traditional college classroom setting and translating them into college credit equivalencies.
National CCRS coordinates teams of college faculty evaluators and subject matter experts to conduct extensive reviews of education and training programs offered by corporations, unions, religious organizations and proprietary schools. Over 1500 Cooperating Colleges and Universities will consider granting actual college credit based on our credit recommendations and in accordance with their own transfer policies.”
Specific questions about this project should be directed to:
Phone: (202) 333 – 4006
E-mail: [email protected]
2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 850, Arlington, VA 22201