2000-1-9 Residency Requirements and Recording of Courses and Grades

Issue Date:
July 04, 2012

Upon request, the college will provide a copy of this policy in an alternate format.

It is in the interest of the College, its students and graduates that the College credentials be recognized as evidence of a high quality education.  As part of the assurance of that quality, the College must know and ensure the appropriateness of the content, delivery and evaluation in the courses that constitute the credential.  The College recognizes, however, that learning can and does take place outside of the College at other institutions and through life experience.  The College formally recognizes that learning outside of its walls by granting credit towards a Lambton College credential for courses and credentials from other institutions and experiential learning.  In order to balance the need for quality assurance and the recognition of external learning, Lambton College has established a Residency Requirement for each of its credentials.  In order to receive a Lambton College credential, a student must complete no less than the prescribed minimum amount of the course and credit requirements for the credential through courses that are recognized as resident courses for the credential. 

Residency Requirement

  1. It is required for every College credential that 25% or more of the courses and credits used to meet the graduation requirements for the credential must be resident courses and credits.
  2. Any exceptions to the College residency requirement must be approved by the Vice-President Academic on the recommendation of the Curriculum Committee and published in the College calendar and website.

Resident Courses and Credits

  1. The following courses and associated credits will be deemed to be resident.
  2. A Lambton College course instructed by Lambton College faculty is a resident course for all programs.
  3. A course delivered via OntarioLearn and deemed equivalent to a Lambton College course or a General Education Elective, by Lambton College faculty, is considered a resident course for the Ontario College Certificate and Post-Graduate Certificate programs.

Recording of Grades and Credits for Courses

  1. For a Lambton College course instructed by Lambton College faculty, the Lambton College course name and code and assigned letter grade will be recorded.
  2. For a Lambton College course attempted through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and evaluated by Lambton College faculty, the Lambton College course name and code will be recorded; a letter grade will normally be assigned; a grade of CR may be assigned. In the case of an unsuccessful assessment, no course or grade will be recorded.  See the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy.
  3. For a course that is delivered (i.e. course content and evaluation controlled by the faculty) by another institution and that is deemed equivalent to a Lambton College course, the transferred credit will be recorded with the course name, code and credit weight of the equivalent Lambton College course and a grade of Transfer Credit (TC).
  4. For a course that is delivered by another institution through OntarioLearn for which the student registered at Lambton College and that is deemed equivalent to a Lambton College course, the transferred credit will be recorded with the course name, code and credit weight of the equivalent Lambton College course and the grade earned.
  5. In the above instances, when the course delivered by the other institution is deemed to be acceptable as a general education course but is not equivalent to any particular Lambton College course, the above rules apply with the exception that the entry will be "General Education Course" with a code of GECxxx-3 and a credit weight of three.

The table that follows is intended to be illustrative of the above statements and is not considered exhaustive.

How grades and credits for courses are recorded, based on various delivery options
Course Delivered byDeliveryRegistrationEquivalentResidentTranscript Entry - CourseTranscript Entry - Grade
LambtonClassroomLambton-Yes-All possible
LambtonPLALambtonYesNoLambton name, codeA - D, CR
LambtonOntarioLearn LINCLambtonYesYesLambton name, codeAll possible
AlgonquinClassroomAlgonquinYesNoLambton name, codeTC
AlgonquinOntarioLearnAlgonquinYesNoLambton name, codeTC
AlgonquinOntarioLearnLambtonYesYes - Certificates
No - Diplomas
Lambton name, codeAll possible
AlgonquinClassroomAlgonquinGeneral EducationNo"General Education Course"TC
AlgonquinOntarioLearnAlgonquinGeneral EducationNo"General Education Course"TC
AlgonquinOntarioLearnLambtonGeneral EducationYes - Certificates
No - Diplomas
Lambton name, codeAll possible

For questions or concerns regarding policies, please contact:

Jim Elliott
Director, Quality Assurance & Institutional Research
519-542-7751 x 3489
jim.elliott@lambtoncollege.ca

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