Retroactive Credit

SUMMER RETROCREDIT

Applications during the summer sessions are done manually. Please go to GLC office in BAA (Bldg 23) Room 108 for instructions no later than the end of the first week of the summer course you are enrolled in. After the first week of summer course it is too late to apply. 

Fall 2014 Retrocredit Applications Due by Friday, September 19th (exceptions prohibited by ABOR)

Online applications for the Fall term will open up one week before the start of classes; so it will open August 18, 2014. We request that you submit your hardcopy application with receipt attached (mandatory) no later than five days after you make your non-refundable $30 payment. The absolute deadline to apply for the Fall 2014 term is 11:59 PM on Friday, September 19th. The website will shutdown after that time, which is the end of the fourth week of the semester that you are enrolled in the higher level class, as the rules stipulate.

How retroactive credits work (see Video Link in the box at the upper righthand corner of this page)

Retrocredits are only valid at Northern Arizona University; they will not transfer to another institution. 

If you successfully complete the language course (with a grade of B or better), you will receive credit hours for the course you are enrolled in and the appropriate number of un-graded retroactive credit hours IF you have paid the fee and submitted the hardcopy application before the deadline.

If you receive a C, you will pass the course and receive credits for that course but you will not earn the retroactive credits for the skipped courses. You are not allowed to attempt to earn retroactive credits in the same language more than once during your college career.

Again, participation in this program is by hardcopy application only, to the Global Languages and Cultures Department. The application can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

Qualifications

This must be the first course in this language you have taken at NAU or any other university or community college (this includes CLEP, IB, and AP credit). Students are not eligible for retroactive credit in a language they have earned credits for at the university or community college level. 

Students who have taken language courses in high school, have acquired language skills from travel/living abroad, family of origin, etc. are some examples of the students who are eligible for retro credits. 

Retrocredits are only valid at NAU, they will not transfer to another institution. If a student successfully completes the NAU language course (102 or above, skipping 101 or more) with a grade of B or better, and has submitted a hardcopy application before the deadline, the student receives credit hours for the course they are enrolled in and the appropriate number of un-graded retroactive credit hours.

Students are not allowed to attempt to earn retroactive credits in the same language more than once during their college career. Participation in this program is by application to the Department of Global Languages & Cultures which retains final authority to adjudicate exception cases. 

Procedure

Based on their previous experience, students enroll at their predicted entry level (assistance required). Spanish students MUST take the Online Placement Exam and follow the Instructions for Enrollment. We recommend students of other languages be placed by an instructor; however, this is not always feasible. When placement is not otherwise available, advisors can predict entry level by assuming that one (1) year of high school language with a grade of B or better is the equivalent to one (1) semester of college language. Students apply for retroactive credit within the first four weeks of the semester in which they are enrolled in the retroactive credit eligible course - students do not apply for retroactive credit before their enrollment in the appropriate course. Students will have only the first week of a semester to move up or down in level due to the stringent attendance requirements in language classes.

Deadline

You must apply and pay for retroactive credit within the first four weeks of the semester in which you are attempting the language. This deadline is set by ABOR and cannot be overridden or surpassed by NAU.

Cost

There is a $30 non-refundable processing fee for the retrocredit application. You must make your payment online (the link is below) and print the receipt. This charge will not appear on your Louie Account. This fee is non-refundable. Make sure you are eligible for retrocredits before you pay the fee and hand in the hard copy application.

Processing timeline

Retrocredits will usually be posted to the student’s transcripts 8-12 weeks after final grades are posted. Each hardcopy application must be manually processed by three different people across two different departments. We appreciate your patience. Contact the department with help for enrollment in subsequent classes that depend on Retrocredits posting. 

Retroactive credit policy

Students who apply for retroactive credit and earn a B or better in:

  • 102 - will be given retroactive credit for the corresponding 101 course upon successful completion of 102
  • 201 - will be given retroactive credit for the corresponding 101 and 102 courses upon successful completion of 201
  • 202 - will be given retroactive credit for the corresponding 101, 102, and 201 courses upon successful completion of 202
  • 301, 303 or 303W - will be given retroactive credit for the corresponding 101, 102, 201, and 202 courses upon successful completion of 301, 303 or 303W

Important Note: Enrollment in SPA 304W - and thus the corresponding SPA 311W or SPA 312W for native speakers - as a first college course in Spanish disqualifies students from Retrocredit per ABOR.

Retroactive credit level course equivalency

  • Courses for which retroactive credit may be awarded are 101, 102, 201 & 202 (ARB, CHI, FRE, GER, ITA, JPN, NAV, and SPA). 
  • Retroactive credits will only be awarded for 101, 102, 201 & 202. 
  • The maximum number of retroactive credits allowed is 16 hours (across all languages).

Ready to apply?

Go to the Online Retrocredit Form application process (please use spaces instead of punctuation when answering the questions). PRINT OUT the application once it appears AND print out the receipt. The receipt MUST be attached to the application.
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