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Individual Assessment

A credit assignment of 'individual assessment' indicates that the receiving institution will assess the level of mastery the student has attained before determining whether transfer credit will be granted. This type of credit assessment is commonly used for language courses, fine and performing arts courses, or other courses where portfolios, auditions, or interviews may be required for an accurate assessment of the student's level of achievement. It can also be used for courses identified as Special Topics or Independent Study where it is likely that the course topic or content will be different each time the course is offered.



Transfer Credit

Effective Dates



Individual assessment

Aug/00 to -

Evaluators may be tempted to award 'individual assessment' if they are unsure of the level of mastery expected to receive credit for the course at the sending institution, or if they are unsure about the breadth of the course's content or the depth of its subject coverage. 'Individual assessment' is also sometimes used when there is rapid change in the content of the course or the relevant discipline, and the evaluator is not sure that an award of credit would guarantee that the student has up-to-date knowledge of the subject. Individual assessment is most often used in courses like Fine Arts where an audition or portfolio review is required. Its use is fairly rare in all other disciplines. However, evaluators should be aware that an award of 'individual assessment' may lead to confusion and lack of certainty for students and for sending institutions. (Note that individual assessment is used differently in block transfer agreements. See Block Transfer)