Does COSC Now Accept Transcripts Directly from FEMA?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Fortunato, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Fortunato

    Fortunato Member

    Noticed this when looking at COSC's website today:

    Non-traditional Transcripts are Accepted at Charter Oak State College

    I know they've really made some changes there recently - are they now accepting FEMA credit without having to "launder" it through FCC? That would be awesome.
  2. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    That would be huge! I hope its the case. I have sent my former adviser an email on the subject, perhaps she can clarify it for us.

    In my mind COSC has set itself up in a severe competitive disadvantage by not accepting these credits directly from FEMA. If they refused on academic grounds to accept them that would be one thing, but to force students to spend $75 a credit at another institution in order to award credit is just silly.
  3. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    Reply from my COSC adviser:

    According to the information on the Charter Oak Web site, a prospective student can submit the FEMA transcript directly to COSC. COSC Registrar’s Office will evaluate the credits using FCC criteria. In other words, the evaluation will not be done by COSC. Regarding credits from non-traditional sources, COSC uses evaluations from acceptable organizations such as the American Council on Education. FEMA credits are not evaluated by the American Council on Education, but the FCC evaluation has been acceptable to the COSC faculty.

    So I guess they are indeed accepting the credits direct from FEMA! :)
  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    That's awesome. They've been keen to expand their outreach to first responders, so I'm not surprised.
  5. BrandeX

    BrandeX New Member

    If that is a direct quote, it says they accept credits from FCC transcripts only, as they are not otherwise evaluated by ACE.
  6. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    She specified that they are using FCC's criteria to evaluate the transcript sent direct from FEMA. The above was the product of a 3 email does seem deliberately "wordy" I would have prferred a simple yes or no.

    We need someone to try it and confirm! I wonder if they will accept my FEMA transcript. I don't think so since I have already graduated.
  7. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Great find!
  8. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    Just received a clarification e-mail from the Registrar's office;

    "Thank you for your message. For our students, we will honor the Frederick CC evaluation of the FEMA work. So what this now means is that we will accept the FEMA transcript directly and apply the possible credit evaluation attached to those courses that had been done by Frederick.

    As our student you will not be required to pay Frederick CC to transcribe these possible credits; simply have the FEMA transcript sent to our registrar’s office."

    So there ya go!
  9. SWitt

    SWitt New Member

    Once the FEMA credits are applied to COSC transcript, will they then be able to be transferred to another University/College? Or would they only be able to be used at COSC?
  10. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    Depends entirely upon the receiving college and how you want to use them.
  11. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    In this case, they would show up on the Charter Oak transcript as transfer credit and it is very unlikely another school would award credit based solely on that. The situation with Frederick Community College is different because the school is awarding credit of their own as part of the process.
  12. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    That's great. My wife has a bunch of FEMA work done. I think I will order an evaluation for her from COSC toward a B.A. in liberal studies.

    Thanks for the info.!

    Abner :smile:

  13. Fortunato

    Fortunato Member


    Thanks for doing the legwork to confirm my reading of the website. My little brother is pursuing a COSC degree, this will be very useful to him.

  14. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    Glad to help a little. I have actually been doing what I could behind the scenes to see this come about. (letters to the registrar, provost, etc...). I think COSC should offer a basic Certification like Clackamus CC, Guam CC, and Red Rocks CC. Those are all great programs if your local, but difficult if not impossible to complete if your from out of state. A school with Nationwide interest like COSC or TESC could step in and solve that deficiency while acting to increase their own enrollment numbers.
  15. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Good job. It has occured to me that many of us have caused change in higher education by becoming involved.

    Abner :smile:
  16. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    I suspect that some members here have a much better understanding of the beast that is distance education than many employees of schools around the country. Its easy to forget that modern distance learning is really only a decade or so old. Its understandable that there are challenges, and exciting to consider programs that might lay just around the corner.

    Perhaps no one better to drive education than the student themselves, ultimately they are solely responsible for the use of what has been learned.

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