The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) is a nationally recognized accrediting agency that specializes in distance learning institutions. This organization conducted a survey in 2006, which revealed that 70 percent of students who attempted to transfer either credits or degrees to a different institution were successful. The ability to transfer credits or degrees depends on the institution itself, as DETC does not guarantee that credits will transfer to every college or university.
Capella University is an accredited institution through the Higher Learning Commission, as well a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The school accepts DETC credits or degrees on a case-by-case basis.
University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix offers a page on its website to check to see if any of your earned credits from different institutions, including DETC credits, can apply toward a degree program at the school. Simply input the state and college. The site also charts out a program stating what courses you need to complete in order to finish a degree program.
Walden University is an accredited institution with both online and on-campus degrees. Walden will accept DETC credits depending on the class and your major. There are more than 45 online programs and 195 specializations available for interested students.
State Your Case to Colleges and Universities
If you are trying to transfer DETC credits to a college or university, and you get a "no," be persistent. According to the Distance Education and Training Council, if you attempt to transfer the DETC credits and the institution rejects them, state your case and present information to the school administration. Acceptance of the DETC or credits is different in each school. For instance, if you have a good grade in a course and you researched the content of the course at the transfer university and it coincides with your DETC course, the university may reconsider its decision.
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