Updating and Maintaining Current Credit Recommendations - Annual Review and Revalidation
Credit recommendations are kept current by the following procedures:
- NCCRS conducts an Annual Review, during which member organizations are asked to review the descriptions of their learning experiences in the NCCRS Directory, CCRS Online and report any changes in location, length, outcomes, or instructional topics. An indication of a substantive change in a course or program results in an end date being affixed to the credit recommendation. Another evaluation is necessary for the new version to receive credit recommendations.
- Credit recommendations are valid for up to five years from the date of the review, provided no substantive changes have been made in the course or program. At the end of this five-year period, learning experiences are re-evaluated to determine whether current credit recommendations should continue to apply. If so, credit recommendations are revalidated and new review dates are added to exhibits.
The revalidation process is similar to the initial evaluation and ensures the continued validity and timeliness of the credit recommendations. Evaluations are conducted with a team of college faculty, who review instructional materials and student completed examinations and any other means to assess student mastery for each learning experience. The team’s findings determine whether previous credit recommendations continue or whether new credit recommendations are warranted. The date when learning experiences were first reviewed (and each subsequent revalidation date) can be found at the end of the course exhibits in the NCCRS Directory, CCRS Online.