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Alternative Credit Project

College Credit to Jumpstart Your DCCCD Program

Have you taken some college courses but haven't earned a degree or certificate yet? The Alternative Credit Project™ (ACP) provides a pool of online courses that the colleges of the Dallas County Community College District will accept towards your degree (up to 75% of the credits required for a degree or certificate). A national program of the American Council on Education, supported by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACP is designed to help adults finish what they started; get a degree, or a post-secondary certificate.

About the Alternative Credit Project™

American Council on Education (ACE)

ACE has engaged 40 colleges and universities and three systems with a strong commitment to access and attainment in this alternative credit consortium. Several of these institutions helped to identify high-demand lower division general education subject areas, agreed-upon quality course and provider criteria and identified high-quality online education providers across the selected subject areas.

Selected courses have undergone ACE’s credit recommendation process throughout spring 2015 which will lead to a pool of about 100 low-cost or no-cost online courses. Participating institutions agree to accept a large number of these courses and visibly communicate their acceptance of the courses to students. Institutions also agree to provide anonymized data to ACE regarding the amount of credit their institution accepts through this project as well as retention and attainment rates of students transferring in courses from this project.

American Council on Education (ACE) is engaged in an Alternative Credit Project™ to encourage greater acceptance of students’ alternative credit and create a more flexible pathway towards post-secondary education attainment for the more than 32 million non-traditional students who may have some college credit but no degree.

IMPORTANT: You may request your ACP transcript directly from the American Council on Education (ACE).

DCCCD Alternative Credit Project™ Accepted Courses


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
Accounting IPearsonACPE-0085ACNT 13033
Managerial AccountingEd4OnlineACPE-0117ACCT 23023


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
Cultural AnthropologyStraighterlineACPE-0079ANTH 23213


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
Introduction to BiologyStraighterlineACPE-0011BIOL 14084
Introduction to Biology LabStraighterlineACPE-0012BIOL 14084
MicrobiologyStraighterlineACPE-0028BIOL 24204
Microbiology LabStraighterlineACPE-0029BIOL 24204
Anatomy and Physiology IStraighterlineACPE-0091BIOL 24014
Anatomy and Physiology I LabStraighterlineACPE-0092BIOL 24014


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
Business LawPearsonACPE-0097BUSI 23013
Business LawStraighterlineACPE-0098BUSI 23013
Business Law and EthicsSaylorACPE-0099BUSI 23013
Introduction to BusinessPearsonACPE-0106BUSI 13013
Introduction to BusinessSaylorACPE-0107BUSI 13013
Introduction to BusinessStraighterlineACPE-0108BUSI 13013

Business Management

Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
Human Resource ManagementEd4OnlineACPE-0102HRPO 23013
Human Resource ManagementPearsonACPE-0104HRPO 23013
Introduction to FinancePearsonACPE-0112BUSG 13033
Organizational BehaviorPearsonACPE-0120HRPO 23073
Organizational BehaviorStraighterlineACPE-0121HRPO 23073
Principles of ManagementPearsonACPE-0122BMGT 13273
Principles of ManagementStraighterlineACPE-0124BMGT 13273
Project ManagementSophiaACPE-0128BMGT 13093
Business ManagementEd4OnlineACPE-0135BMGT 13273


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
General ChemistryStraighterlineACPE-0036CHEM 14054
General Chemistry LabStraighterlineACPE-0037CHEM 14054

Computer Science

Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
Computer BasicsEd4OnlineACPE-0100COSC 13013


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
MacroeconomicsJumpCourseACPE-0044ECON 23013
MicroeconomicsJumpCourseACPE-0045ECON 23023
MacroeconomicsPearsonACPE-0047ECON 23013
MicroeconomicsPearsonACPE-0048ECON 23023
MacroeconomicsStraighterlineACPE-0067ECON 23013
MicroeconomicsStraighterlineACPE-0068ECON 23023

English Composition

Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
English Composition ISophiaACPE-0024ENGL 13013
English Composition IIStraighterlineACPE-0026ENGL 13023
Introduction to CommunicationsStraighterlineACPE-0010SPCH 13113


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
American GovernmentJumpCourseACPE-0052GOVT 23053
American GovernmentPearsonACPE-0053GOVT 23053
American GovernmentStraighterlineACPE-0072GOVT 23053


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
American History IPearsonACPE-0049HIST 13013
American History IIPearsonACPE-0050HIST 13023
U.S. History IStraighterlineACPE-0069HIST 13013
U.S. History IIStraighterlineACPE-0070HIST 13023
Western Civilization IStraighterlineACPE-0083HIST 23113
Western Civilization IIStraighterlineACPE-0084HIST 23123


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
Principles of MarketingPearsonACPE-0126MRKG 13113
Principles of MarketingSaylorACPE-0127MRKG 13113
Principles of MarketingEd4OnlineACPE-0134MRKG 13113


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
College AlgebraJumpCourseACPE-0013MATH 13143
College AlgebraStraighterlineACPE-0018MATH 13143
StatisticsPearsonACPE-0014MATH 23423
Introduction to StatisticsSaylorACPE-0017MATH 23423
Calculus ISaylorACPE-0015MATH 24134
General Calculus IStraighterlineACPE-0040MATH 24134
General Calculus IIStraighterlineACPE-0041MATH 24144


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
Introduction to NutritionStraighterlineACPE-0116NUTR 13223


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
Approaches to Studying ReligionsSophiaACPE-0061PHIL 23213
Introduction to ReligionStraighterlineACPE-0063PHIL 13043
Introduction to PhilosophyStraighterlineACPE-0062PHIL 13013
EthicsPearsonACPE-0073PHIL 13063


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
General PhysicsStraighterlineACPE-0038PHYS 14014
General Physics LabStraighterlineACPE-0039PHYS 14014


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
Introduction to PsychologyJumpCourseACPE-0056PSYC 23013
Introduction to PsychologyStraighterlineACPE-0076PSYC 23013
Introduction to PsychologyEd4OnlineACPE-0077PSYC 23013


Course TitleProviderACE ReferenceDCCCD EquivalentCredit
Introduction to SociologyStraighterlineACPE-0080SOCI 13013

Additional courses are under review.

How to Apply to DCCCD

With your eligible ACP credits you can apply to DCCCD as a transfer student. The DCCCD is comprised of seven separately accredited colleges: Brookhaven College, Cedar Valley College, Eastfield College, El Centro College, Mountain View College, North Lake College and Richland College, plus online classes through Dallas Colleges Online. All students with ACP credit are initially processed for transfer by Cedar Valley College.

To apply for transfer please complete the following steps:

  1. Request your ACP transcript online from the American Council on Education (ACE).
  2. Complete an application for admission to the DCCCD.
  3. Email your completed DCCCD application and transcript to In the subject please put “ACE-ACPTransfer”.