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General Description
Policy Provisions
Performance Evaluation
Subject Experts
Challenge Exams

Document Number: ACAD--179 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 07/11/2013
Primary Author: VP for Academic Affairs Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 08/30/2012

General Description

Information about challenge exams relative to Academic and Online policy.



Delineation of policy.


Academic Affairs, Online Studies, Students

Responsibility: Academic Affairs
Online Studies
VP of Academic Affairs
VP of Online Studies

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Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
Current University policy

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

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Policy Provisions

Challenge Exams

Challenge Exams have been developed for a limited number of 100 and 200 level undergraduate courses.  These exams allow students to “test out” of a course and receive college credit on their Cumberland University transcript.  Exams are linked to the course learning outcomes and objectives.  


The school with academic responsibility for the course maintains a file of study materials for these exams.  Study materials may be requested on the application to take a Challenge Exam.   


Challenge Exams are restricted as follows.


1. A Challenge Exam or Experiential Credit Application form can be picked up at the Registrar’s Office or emailed to the student upon request.  Completed and signed applications should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.


2. Upon approval of an application for a Challenge Exam, the Registrar’s Office will post a bill for the exam to the student’s account.  The student must then pay the $75 fee in full at the Business Office (615.547.1218) prior to setting up an exam appointment.


3. Upon payment, the school with academic responsibility for the course will contact the student to set up an appointment to take the Challenge Exam.


4. To be awarded non-traditional course credit for a Challenge Exam, the student must score no less than 70% on the exam.



Challenge Exams currently available by school are listed below.  


Edward A. Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business




BUA 101 Introduction to Business



BUA 251 Business Communications



CIS 170 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications


School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Health Sciences



School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts



School of Liberal Arts and Sciences



School of Music and the Arts




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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Consequences: Further training

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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
VP for Academic Affairs

VP for Academic Affairs

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