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Category:
Academic Affairs



Responsible Office:

Policy Title:
Continuing Education Unit

Document Number:
1301

Effective Date:
December 03, 1975


This policy item applies to:
Community Colleges
State-Operated Campuses
Table of Contents
Summary

Policy
Definitions
Related Information
Procedures
Forms
Authority
History
Appendices


Summary

These guidelines are in accordance with the recommendations of the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit (CEU), and also draw upon the experience of other universities where this CEU is being used.

The guidelines are suggested for campuses of the State University of New York (University) which choose to adopt the continuing education unit as a method of recording student achievement in appropriate non-credit learning activities.


Policy

I. Criteria

The CEU can be awarded to an individual only for those non-credit activities that have been organized to provide systematic instruction, are measurable in duration of time, and meet the criteria listed below.

II. Limitations on Awarding Continuing Education Units

Activities for which CEUs are not to be awarded to individual participants include the following:

III. Administration of the Continuing Education Unit


Definitions

Contact Hour – a 50-minute classroom session, or its equivalent. The number of contact instructional hours is readily determined in the formal classroom situation. However, in more informal formats the director or coordinator of the program must exercise judgment in determining the equivalent number of instructional hours required to achieve the educational objectives. In still less structured activities, the director must determine whether or not the individual participation and educational benefits derived from a non-credit learning experience are of sufficient merit for the CEU to be awarded.

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) – ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

Elements of capable direction – (a) professional educational leadership in program planning and development; (b) a selection of the most effective educational format for the intended purpose and objectives; (c) assignment of qualified instructional staff; (d) adequate program management and administration; and (e) the design and implementation of evaluation techniques applicable both to individual participants and the total program.

Organized educational experience – presumes planning to meet a specific need. The essential elements of such planning include the determination of the program's educational objectives in terms of (a) the clientele to be served; (b) the new skill or understanding to be realized through the content or subject matter to be covered; and (c) the program format and instructional methodology to be employed. Adequately and properly responsive planning requires interaction among administrative personnel of the sponsoring organization, the instructor or other educational leaders, and representatives from the clientele groups to be served.

Qualified Instruction – assumes that the instructional staff has the following qualifications: (a) competence in the subject matter (may be evidenced by experience in which command of the subject matter is recognized by the individual's peers, by formal training, or by demonstrated knowledge through publication in professional journals or appropriate media); (b) ability to transmit the educational content to the participants; (c) understanding of the program objectives; and (d) knowledge and skill in the instructional methodology and learning processes involved.

Responsible sponsorship – includes the assignment of direct supervision of the activity to a professionally capable program chair and/or director and the maintenance of a permanent record system. The reputation and organizational integrity of the sponsor are reflected in the quality of the educational experience to be presented.


Other Related Information

There is no related information relevant to this policy.


Procedures

There are no procedures relevant to this policy.


Forms

There are no forms relevant to this policy.


Authority

Memorandum to presidents from the office of the chancellor,75-21, dated December 3, 1975 regarding Guidelines on Use of Continuing Education Unit.


History

There is no history relevant to this policy.


Appendices

There are no appendices relevant to this policy.