Procedures and Guidelines for Preparing
A certificate granting program at Wright State University is a non-degree program of study designed to serve a variety of purposes: to provide the student a formal opportunity to complement a major field of study or to enhance professional performance or to acquire credentials.
Certificate programs are designed by academic departments or program units. The programs should include at least twenty hours of course work at the 200 to 400 level and no more than twenty-three hours.* In some certificate programs, on-the-job training may be substituted for some formal course work.
A formal proposal for a new certificate program must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate college or school curriculum committee, the college or school faculty if required by that unit, the University Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee, and the Faculty Senate.
After completing program requirements, the certificate candidate must pass a comprehensive evaluation by a faculty committee of at least three members selected by the academic department. The evaluation may be a written or oral examination or a portfolio review.
The awarding of a certificate will be noted on the permanent record at the time that all requirements are completed. A campus communication form should be used by the awarding unit to notify the Registrar's Office of the completion of a certificate program.
* This limitation is consistent with the Ohio Board of Regents requirement that graduate certificate programs of twenty-four hours or more be approved by the Regents. Although no such regulations exist for undergraduate certificate programs, this limitation puts an effective cap on undergraduate certificate programs.
The requirements for certificate programs may vary considerably across departments or program units. In order to ensure consistency from program to program, those preparing and approving proposals for a new program should observe the following format and guidelines:
I. Title of Program and college or school and department responsible for administering the program.
Distance Education Programs
If the proposed program is to be offered through distance delivery methods as defined in the following procedures and guidelines, then it is required that additional documentation be submitted and requirements be adhered to as specified in:
An original and nineteen copies of the proposal, Course Inventory and Course Modification Requests, and supporting letters or forms from potentially affected departments or program units should be submitted through the dean's office of the department's college or school to the Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee. At the same time, the dean's office should provide copies to all other deans of colleges and schools to be made available for additional review by curriculum committees, departments, and faculty and to the Office of the Provost, and other university offices as deemed necessary by the Office of the Provost and the Council of Deans.
A flowchart of the curriculum and academic policy review
certificate programs is contained in the following (requires Adobe
Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee, April 19, 2001Revised:
Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee, January 18, 2005
Faculty Senate, March 7, 2005
Guidelines, Processes, and Procedures