(A) Authorization - The provost/senior vice president for academic affairs or designee, in keeping with HECB requirements, has authority to approve credit courses or programs offered through the office of continuing education. A degree program is defined by the HECB as a set of educational requirements, identified jointly by the department or other degree-granting unit and the college or university, which leads to a degree.
Certificate programs are courses of study that normally require less than one-quarter of the credits for a degree program at a similar level (see CWUP 5-50-010 for a complete description of certificate programs).
(B) Conditions - The following conditions must be met in order for a credit course or program to be offered through the office of continuing education:
1. The course/program must be one of the following:
a. A test of new and emerging markets which may involve any or all of the following: A new academic course or program; A new location; A new audience of students; A new technology for delivery.
2. An offering which increases access and falls outside the limits of state supported university offerings for the main campus and university centers as determined each year by the provost/senior vice president for academic affairs.
3. A professional development (500) course as defined in CWUP 5-50-020.
a. The course/program must be taught by a member of the university faculty or a person approved by the appropriate department following the provisions of the faculty code for the appointment of faculty.
b. Students should have available the appropriate library materials, laboratories, special equipment and other facilities the course may require.
(C) Procedure - Each request for a new degree program must be submitted on a new degree program form and includes all information on the new degree program instructions form. The new degree program proposal must be approved through the CWU curriculum approval process. All new programs or existing programs to be offered in new locations must be approved by the HECB and NWCCU. Proposals for such programs must be submitted through the provost's office in the format required by the HECB.
Certificate Program. Each request for a new certificate program must be submitted on a new minor/specialization/certificate form and must be approved through the CWU curriculum approval process.
New Course. Each request for a new course must be submitted on a new course form. Express approval of all such requests by the appropriate department chair and college dean is required.
Existing Course. Each request for an existing catalog course or previously approved special topics course, seminar, workshop or professional development course must be submitted using the continuing education course addition form (available through the office of continuing education).