|Definition:||A policy describing the roles and responsibilities of Extended Learning with regard to for-credit and not-for-credit programs. Describes the review and reporting relationship between faculty and Extended Learning in academic matters.|
|Authority:||President of CSU San Marcos|
|Scope:||Credit and non-credit courses offered by Extended Learning.|
|Responsible Division:||Academic Affairs|
|Signature Page/PDF:||View Extended Learning's Roles and Responsibilites Policy|
The Extended Learning program at California State University San Marcos provides increased access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education and thereby contributes to the lifelong learning opportunity of students and community members, and to the continued health and economy of the communities served by the university.
As an educational unit of the university, Extended Learning is subject to the regulations of the State of California, the California State University, and CSU San Marcos. This document provides guidance for implementation of the applicable regulations and covers the following types of instruction.
A. Courses that may be used to satisfy requirements for a degree awarded by the university (university credit courses) – these include:
B. Courses that may not be used to satisfy requirements for a degree awarded by the university (noncredit courses) – these include, but are not limited to:
C. Courses that award university credit that may not be used to satisfy requirements for a degree awarded by the university (extension credit).
II. UNIVERSITY CREDIT COURSES
III. COURSES OFFERED WITH NON-DEGREE UNIVERSITY CREDIT
A. Extension credit provides non-degree units and allows CSUSM to offer a wider array of credit courses to a larger audience and have these units appear on a CSU transcript. These are typically professional advancement courses that are credit worthy, but not applicable to a degree or part of the standard CSUSM curriculum. These courses are developed to meet special needs of particular groups or communities, e.g. K-12 teachers; the extension credit that they confer denotes an investment of time and accomplishment comparable to that required in established university courses.
B. Courses that carry extension credit are numbered in a series other than those used for university degree courses and carry the prefix of the corresponding CSUSM department. Extension credit courses are not listed in the academic catalog.
C. All such courses and instructors require the review and approval of the corresponding college/department, in a manner similar to that which special session and/or special topics courses require.
IV. COURSES OFFERED WITHOUT UNIVERSITY DEGREE CREDIT
A. Non-degree credit courses offered by Extended Learning may award continuing education units, certification of particular skills, or certificates of completion.
Documents attesting to these awards must clearly specify the nature of the award in order to avoid confusion with award of a degree.
B. Non-degree credit courses offered by Extended Learning are subject to the approval of the Dean of Extended Learning and the President or designee but are not subject to approval by the CSUSM Academic Senate.
V. REVIEW AND EVALUATION
A. The Dean of Extended Learning will provide by the end of September of each year to the Provost and Chair of the Academic Senate a report of the progress of Extended Learning, including an overview of the types of courses and programs offered, enrollment data, their collaboration with academic departments, locations of where the courses or programs were held, and an assessment of the success of these programs in meeting the unit's goals and objectives. This report will provide an assessment of the prior fiscal year's activities and a self-evaluation, which addresses:
B. As a way to seek the active collaboration and consultation of the Academic Senate in course and program planning and evaluation, Extended Learning will include at least one Senate-appointed faculty member from each college and one from the Library to serve on its Program Advisory Council.