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Academic Affairs

Policy Title
Continuing Education
Policy Description
According to the Winthrop University mission statement: “The university provides personalized and challenging undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional education programs of national caliber within a context dedicated to public service to the State of South Carolina.” Continuing education courses are designed to provide lifelong-learning opportunities for adult learners. 

The university’s continuing education offerings include: the continuing education unit (CEU), non-credit certificate program and potentially other programs designed to enhance lifelong learning.

Policy Procedures
Continuing Education Units
Continuing Education Unit (CEU):  The Continuing Education Unit is a standard entity that measures participation in a course, which does not offer degree credit and may never be converted to graduate or undergraduate credit. The course may be delivered in on-campus workshops and seminars, conferences or professional meetings, lecture series, distance learning or at appropriate off-campus locations.

The CEU may be used to upgrade and improve professional skills, document continuing qualifications for licensure or certification of registration; demonstrate personal development, and prepare for the demands of a changing workplace environment, among other purposes.

Definition of CEU:  A CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of continuing education instruction under the supervision of a qualified professional (60 minutes of instruction per one credit hour; this does not include breaks, lunch or dinner hours, or recreational activities).

Administrative Responsibility:  CEU courses are planned, delivered and overseen by the appropriate department, college and the Graduate School. Approval of CEU courses requires signatures of the department chair, dean of the college and the dean of the Graduate School. 

CEU courses will comply with the following standards:
1. CEU offerings should be tied to the mission of the university and the goals of the sponsoring department/unit. The sponsoring department/unit is responsible for ensuring that course content and educational experience are of quality and academic rigor.

2.  Registration may be processed at a variety of locations and/or through the Internet. 

3. Instructional personnel must be qualified by education and/or experience and such qualification must be documented prior to the delivery of the course.

4. All participants must have the opportunity to evaluate the course in a confidential setting.

5.  An individual’s participation in the course and completion of course objectives must be appropriately documented and recorded.

6.  The Office of Records and Registration will keep records of participation in CEU courses and the awarding of CEU credits.

Fees: Fees will vary by program.

Non-Degree Certification Programs

Definition of Non-Degree Certification Programs: A non-degree certification program is designed to certify that a participant has completed a prescribed number of units or CEU’s which taken as a whole and appropriately sequenced provide a comprehensive overview or review of a particular subject.  Course content may be delivered in a variety of ways and in concert with a professional organization(s).

Administrative Responsibility: Non-Degree Certification programs are administered by departments/colleges with approval from the chair of the department, dean of the college and dean of the Graduate School.  The programs will follow the same protocol as listed above for CEU courses.

Fees:  Fees will vary by program.

Enrichment, Lifelong-Learning Programming: To facilitate communication, programs not involving CEUs or certification but designed to contribute to lifelong learning should be reported to the appropriate dean and the Graduate School.
Policy Author(s)
Academic Affairs/Graduate School
Effective Date
August 2009
Review Date
March 2010