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Transferring Earned Credits Through Distance Calculus @ Roger Williams University to Other Colleges/Universities

Most Distance Calculus students are enrolled at other colleges, universities, or high schools.

The #1 question all new prospective students have about taking a Distance Calculus course is:

"Will the units I earn in Distance Calculus transfer to my home school/college?"

The basic answer is: Probably, Yes

The main two tests for transferring credits from one academic institution to another academic institution are the following:

  • Accredited Academic Institution
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  • Courses to be Transferred Match at Home Institution

    The school/college/university that is to receive the transferring units will want to make sure that the "Calculus I" taken via Distance Calculus @ Roger Williams University matches the "Calculus I" that it offers.

    The topics in all Calculus courses are very standard throughout the world. In almost all cases, "Calculus I" via Distance Calculus covers the same topics as "Calculus I" taught at any other institution.

WARNING! Some Schools Will Not Accept ANY Distance Courses!

Due to the increase in the number of less-than-reputable distance education programs around the country/world, there are some colleges/universities who will not accept any credits in transfer if they were completed in a distance course.

This is quite unfortunate, yet expected, as there are many "if you pay, you pass" kinds of schools out there.

If you get a "no, we do not accept any distance course credit" answer from your home college/university, you may point out that our course has a mandatory proctored final exam that must be passed (at 60% or 70% or higher) to earn a passing grade in the course. This "honesty check" is often times sufficient to convince a skeptical mathematics department chair or registrar.


chalkboard clock icon The issue of "credit-hours" does play a role. At some institutions, Calculus I is 4 credit-hours. At other institutions, Calculus I is 3 credit-hours. Sometimes Calculus I is 5 credit-hours!

Distance Calculus offers all of its Calculus courses as earning 4 credit-hours based on the semester system. .

  • For transferring to an institution operating on a 3 semester credit-hour model, 4 credit-hour courses usually transfer easily, since 4 > 3.
  • For transferring to an institution operating on a 4 semester credit-hour model (the most common in the U.S.), 4 = 4, so transferring is most natural.
  • For the rare institution that operates on a 5 semester credit hour model, you will need to contact these institutions and confirm that they will accept a 4 semester credit-hour course. Usually they will, since most other institutions are on the 4 semester credit course model.
  • Some institutions are on the Quarter system, rather than Semesters. There are various conversion formulas for converting semester credits to quarter credits. If your institution is on the quarter system, you are probably aware of how this transfer conversion works.
The only differences between different Calculus courses at different institutions is which particular topics are in which course particular course. The entire Calculus sequence has some 80 main topics that are covered over the 2-year undergraduate calculus sequence. "Calculus I" vs. "Calculus II" vs. "Calculus III" etc. are just how these topics are split up.

In rare occassions, some transferree institutions have insisted that for Calculus I from Distance Calculus to be allowed to transfer, the topic (for example) of "Linear Differential Equations" must be in Calculus I, because at the transferree institution, that topic is in their Calculus I.

For Distance Calculus, the fix is easy! We simply add the modules for that topic from Calculus II and Calculus III into Calculus I, and we create a customized syllabus for your transferree institution to guarantee your school that your Distance Calculus I course will cover exactly the same topics as their Calculus I course.

In the rare occassions we have been asked to make such customizations, the transferree institution has always been satisfied with these changes, and has accepted the transferring credits.


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The golden key to success in transferring academic credits from Distance Calculus @ Roger Williams University to your home institution is talk with your Registrar about your plans first. Usually just a phone call, an email, or a visit to the Registrar's office will suffice.

"Hi Registrar, I am planning to take Calculus I from another school via their Distance Education offering. Specifically, Roger Williams University in Providence, Rhode Island. I plan to take their Calculus I - 4 Semester Credit-Hours. Here is a print out of their syllabus and course description, which appears to match the course description in our Academic Catalog. Do you see any problems with this plan?"

Registrars love to be asked questions before there are any problems. In all student reports from students who asked their Registrar's before enrolling in Distance Calculus, the outcome has been very positive.

To date, we have heard of less than 5 colleges/universities/schools that have stated in advance that they will refuse to accept transfer credits from the Distance Calculus program. Why? It is not clear to us; some schools do not like transfer credits in general, preferring to get the tuition dollars from their students themselves; some schools do not like the idea of "distance education", having poor experience with some questionable distance programs offered at other schools around the country (we agree that some of these distance programs are questionable!).

To date, all of our students who have completed a Distance Calculus course have been able to successfully transfer the credits to their home institution.

Academic Transcripts from Roger Williams University

Many applicants ask: "Will the academic transcripts from Roger Williams University say this course was completed in distance?"

The answer is: No.

We consider the Calculus I course simply a Calculus I course, equivalent to having been taught in a classroom, or via distance, or at a remote campus location. Accordingly, the transcript listing will be (for example):

Calculus I - 4 semester credit hours - Grade: A

However, the source of this question is likely an applicant's home institution stating that they will not accept any distance course credits, and the applicant may be trying to skirt their home college/university's policy on transferring distance education courses.

We believe that honest is the best policy. If your college/university has a "no distance courses for transfer" policy, you need to respect that, even if it is inconvenient.