ERIC Number: ED444399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul-7
Reference Count: N/A
Analyzing Policies and Procedures for Graduate Certificate Programs.
This survey takes a best-practices approach to several major issues involving graduate certificate programs; these include: (1) leadership (whether the graduate school should administer certificate programs, state regulation, procedures for approving new programs, impact on student diversity, and terminology); (2) management (whether certificate programs should be free-standing or part of an established curriculum, time limit for programs, fast-track program approval, impact on related degree programs, and advisory committees); (3) curriculum (number of credit hours required, whether programs are post-baccalaureate or post-master's, whether they are in a single or multiple disciplines, distance learning, overlap with degree programs, requirements beyond coursework, and relationship to other certificate programs); (4) faculty (requirements for admission and completion, role of adjunct faculty, and commencement); (5) students (desirability of including certificate program completion on transcripts, requirements for admission, time limits, and how obtaining a certificate relates to gaining admission to a degree program); and (6) fiscal matters (pricing of certificate programs, fiscal basis, financial aid, and who pays tuition). The discussion of each issue follows a standard format: discussion of the issue; colleague's views (comments from three sources); a Council of Graduate Schools reference (a backward pointer); and a model guidelines reference (a forward pointer). Model guidelines are appended. (RAB)
Descriptors: College Credits, College Curriculum, College Faculty, Continuing Education, Educational Administration, Financial Policy, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Leadership, Policy Analysis, Program Design, Program Development, Special Degree Programs, Student Certification
Council of Graduate Schools, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 430, Washington, DC 20036. For full text: http://www.cgsnet.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools, Washington, DC.