Submitted by the Academic Standards
The Academic Standards Committee proposes the following policy regarding credit- bearing undergraduate certificate programs:
Credit-bearing Undergraduate Certificate Programs
Credit bearing, undergraduate certificate programs are comprised of related courses that constitute a coherent body of study within a discipline. These programs must be approved through the university and faculty governance processes. Furthermore, credit bearing certificate programs must establish student learning outcomes and assess the extent to which students achieve these outcomes. Additional information about the assessment of learning outcomes can be found in the Academic Learning Compact (ALC) policy.
With the approval of the sponsoring college, students can apply required coursework to both the certificate program and, if applicable, their current undergraduate degree program. Students do not, however, have the right to return for a retroactive certificate award. Students who have graduated from a degree program and wish to return to pursue a certificate will need to apply to the university, and the specific certificate program, and pay a new application fee. Credits awarded and used towards prior degrees cannot be applied to the undergraduate certificate.
Students are subject to the individual requirements of the undergraduate certificate program and will need to complete at least fifty percent of the required coursework in residence at the university (e.g., face-to-face, distance, or credit hours obtained while enrolled in an approved UNF study abroad program). Successful completion of the undergraduate certificate program will be noted on the student's official transcript separately from his or her degree program.
STATEMENT OF PROCEDURES
Students who wish to pursue an undergraduate certificate program are required to apply through Enrollment Services and be accepted to the desired program in accordance with program-specific admissions criteria.
Currently enrolled UNF students are not required to pay an application fee, whereas non-UNF students will be required to pay an application fee.
CERTIFICATE AND TRANSCRIPTS
Once the program coursework is satisfied the student may be eligible to receive a document acknowledging completion that is separate from a diploma conferral. Certificate conferral is not part of the commencement ceremony. Printing and conferring all completion documents from university certificate programs will be the sole responsibility of the Registrar and the Office of Enrollment Services Processing. All materials required to print and package the completion documents will also be housed within the Enrollment Services Processing Office.
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