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A question about shmoop and Excelsior College
#1
Hi Guys,

I'm wondering if anyone knows anything regarding what shmoop classes can easily be transferred to Excelsior, and possibly what their catalog equivalencies are.  I was planning on going to TESU after I finished my UL and LL Shmoop classes, but it doesn't seem like that's going to be a possibility.  I have just over 60 credits from Shmoop, and I really don't want them to go to waste.  

Side note:  If anyone has any knowledge of the technical writing program at Excelsior, I'd love to hear about your experiences with it.  

Sorry, I know this is a lot of stuff to wade through.

Thanks guys.
#2
(06-11-2018, 04:31 PM)literalkev Wrote: Hi Guys,

I'm wondering if anyone knows anything regarding what shmoop classes can easily be transferred to Excelsior, and possibly what their catalog equivalencies are.  I was planning on going to TESU after I finished my UL and LL Shmoop classes, but it doesn't seem like that's going to be a possibility.  I have just over 60 credits from Shmoop, and I really don't want them to go to waste.  

Side note:  If anyone has any knowledge of the technical writing program at Excelsior, I'd love to hear about your experiences with it.  

Sorry, I know this is a lot of stuff to wade through.

Thanks guys.

I don't think anyone here has equivalencies for the Shmoop course catalog at Excelsior. There are not many EC or COSC students posting their evaluation equivalencies here, so we don't have much data. Most of the results we see are TESU based.

Your best bet is to reach out to Excelsior and submit your transcript for evaluation and see where things shake out, and then upload your results here.

However, one note is that from my understanding, EC (and COSC) usually go with the ACE and NCCRS recommendations as is. As such, everything in the Shmoop catalog is recommended by ACE as lower-level credit, so chances are EC will not evaluate any of those credits as upper-level.

TESU used to take some of the Shmoop courses as upper-level before they stopped accepting them at all, but they were the only one that did.
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#3
I agree with Merlin that you aren't going to get UL equivalencies for any Shmoop courses except Geometry, which is the only Shmoop course that actually ACE-approved as UL. TESU was being generous in how they brought in the Shmoop courses, but EC won't be.

I also agree that you should just apply at EC to see what they do with your credits. That's going to be the easiest thing (and they are faster than TESU so it's not a month-long wait).
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#4
Thanks for the advice and the information guys, it's much appreciated
#5
Here's what EC recently placed for my husband from Shmoop and Straighterline-- (the key is at the bottom)
Hope this helps!

SHMOOP UNIVERSITY
2018/SP (Term)
ACCOUNTING 101: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (Shmoop Course name)
INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (EC Course name)
P (Grade)
3.00 (Credit)
B (Distribution)
L (Level)
2018/SP
ECONOMICS 101
PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS
P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
INTRODUCTION TO E-COMMERCE
INTRODUCTION TO E-COMMERCE
P
3.00
B
L
2018/SP
MEDIA LITERACY
COMMUNICATIONS
P
3.00
E
L
2018/SP
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE
P
3.00
B
L
2018/SP
PROFESSIONAL WRITING
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
P
3.00
W (satisfied English-- YES!)
L
2018/SP
THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE
P
3.00
H
L

STRAIGHTERLINE

2018/SP
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
POLITICAL SCIENCE
P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
BUSINESS LAW
BUSINESS
P
3.00
B
L
2018/SP
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
ENGLISH P
3.00
W
L
2018/SP
INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY
BIOLOGY P
3.00
N
L
2018/SP
INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE
INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
INTRODUCTION TO RELIGION
RELIGIOUS STUDIES P
3.00
H
L
2018/SP

UNITED STATES HISTORY I
AMERICAN HISTORY P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
HISTORY P
3.00
S
L

Distribution Codes
B - Business

E - Applied Professional/Free Elective
H - Humanities

N - Natural Science/Math

S - Social Science/History

W - Written English Requirement
Level Codes
L - Lower Level

U - Upper Level

G - Graduate Level
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From my COSC degree plan

Global Understanding
(3 credits required)
SHMO 0040 Comparative Gov't/Politics (POL205) P 3.00 (TR) Shmoop Univ. Inc.*


Non US History/Culture
(3 credits required)
SHMO 0001 Modern European History (HIS234) P 3.00 (TR) Shmoop Univ. Inc.*

Liberal Arts Courses
SHMO 0048 History of Technology (IDS700) P 3.00 (TR) Shmoop Univ. Inc.*

SHMO 0042 Human Sexuality (PSY700) P 3.00 (TR) Shmoop Univ. Inc.*

SHMO 0033 Film Studies (FAR110) P 3.00 (TR) Shmoop Univ. Inc.*

none came in with UL value, 
weird just noticed the Tech & Sex have a 700 code, but no UL, must be a catch all number.
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I recently graduated from Excelsior. I can tell you that 99.9 percent of the time they will follow the ACE recommendations when evaluating transfer credits.
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(06-14-2018, 11:19 PM)scout2family Wrote: Here's what EC recently placed for my husband from Shmoop and Straighterline-- (the key is at the bottom)
Hope this helps!

SHMOOP UNIVERSITY
2018/SP (Term)
ACCOUNTING 101: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (Shmoop Course name)
INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (EC Course name)
P (Grade)
3.00 (Credit)
B (Distribution)
L (Level)
2018/SP
ECONOMICS 101
PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS
P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
INTRODUCTION TO E-COMMERCE
INTRODUCTION TO E-COMMERCE
P
3.00
B
L
2018/SP
MEDIA LITERACY
COMMUNICATIONS
P
3.00
E
L
2018/SP
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE
P
3.00
B
L
2018/SP
PROFESSIONAL WRITING
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
P
3.00
W (satisfied English-- YES!)
L
2018/SP
THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE
P
3.00
H
L

STRAIGHTERLINE

2018/SP
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
POLITICAL SCIENCE
P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
BUSINESS LAW
BUSINESS
P
3.00
B
L
2018/SP
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
ENGLISH P
3.00
W
L
2018/SP
INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY
BIOLOGY P
3.00
N
L
2018/SP
INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE
INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
INTRODUCTION TO RELIGION
RELIGIOUS STUDIES P
3.00
H
L
2018/SP
 
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
AMERICAN HISTORY P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
HISTORY P
3.00
S
L

Distribution Codes
B - Business

E - Applied Professional/Free Elective
H - Humanities

N - Natural Science/Math

S - Social Science/History

W - Written English Requirement
Level Codes
L - Lower Level

U - Upper Level

G - Graduate Level

Did EC accept Professional Writing from Shmoop as English Composition I or II?
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#9
(06-14-2018, 11:19 PM)scout2family Wrote: Here's what EC recently placed for my husband from Shmoop and Straighterline-- (the key is at the bottom)
Hope this helps!

SHMOOP UNIVERSITY
2018/SP (Term)
ACCOUNTING 101: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (Shmoop Course name)
INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (EC Course name)
P (Grade)
3.00 (Credit)
B (Distribution)
L (Level)
2018/SP
ECONOMICS 101
PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS
P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
INTRODUCTION TO E-COMMERCE
INTRODUCTION TO E-COMMERCE
P
3.00
B
L
2018/SP
MEDIA LITERACY
COMMUNICATIONS
P
3.00
E
L
2018/SP
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE
P
3.00
B
L
2018/SP
PROFESSIONAL WRITING
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
P
3.00
W (satisfied English-- YES!)
L
2018/SP
THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE
P
3.00
H
L

STRAIGHTERLINE

2018/SP
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
POLITICAL SCIENCE
P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
BUSINESS LAW
BUSINESS
P
3.00
B
L
2018/SP
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
ENGLISH P
3.00
W
L
2018/SP
INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY
BIOLOGY P
3.00
N
L
2018/SP
INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE
INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
INTRODUCTION TO RELIGION
RELIGIOUS STUDIES P
3.00
H
L
2018/SP
 
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
AMERICAN HISTORY P
3.00
S
L
2018/SP
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
HISTORY P
3.00
S
L

Distribution Codes
B - Business

E - Applied Professional/Free Elective
H - Humanities

N - Natural Science/Math

S - Social Science/History

W - Written English Requirement
Level Codes
L - Lower Level

U - Upper Level

G - Graduate Level

Thanks so much, this is incredibly helpful!

(06-15-2018, 12:04 PM)jkerns Wrote: I recently graduated from Excelsior. I can tell you that 99.9 percent of the time they will follow the ACE recommendations when evaluating transfer credits.

Awesome, thanks!


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