Academic Evaluation and General Education Course Appeal Policy

Undergraduate students who disagree with any portion of their transfer credit evaluation, with the exception of general education courses, should submit a written request for review to

Undergraduate students who disagree with how general education course credit has been applied to their degree requirements should submit a written request for review to

Students have 30 calendar days from receipt of the academic evaluation information to file an appeal. In both cases, the written request should include the following information:

  • Students full name
  • Thomas Edison State University ID number
  • Email address
  • Specify the course(s) in question by course title and/or course number
  • Detailed narrative supporting the rationale and reason for appeal
  • Documents to support the appeal. This could include the course syllabus (preferable), course description, or course objectives.

Thomas Edison State University’s Office of the Registrar or General Education Committee will conduct a review of the credit evaluation and respond to the student in writing with a decision.


Students may appeal the decision of the Office of the Registrar or the General Education Committee by following the process to appeal an academic decision. Such appeals must be filed within thirty (30) days of the date of the notification of that decision. All non-general education appeals must be submitted in writing to the dean of the School in which the student is enrolled. General Education appeals must be submitted to the dean of the Heavin School of Arts, Sciences, and Technology.

The appeal should contain the same information required for the initial review (see above) along with any additional explanations or arguments the student wishes to have considered. The dean will consider the appeal within 30 calendar days of receipt. In the deliberations, the Dean may consult with subject matter experts or other members of the dean’s staff. The dean may affirm, reject, modify, or adjust the transfer credit evaluation as deemed appropriate and will inform the student, in writing, of the University’s decision. The decision of the dean’s office is final and may not be appealed within the institution.