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Policy statement:
Review of Non-Credit Certificates
(approved by the Curriculum Council 2/19/04)
  1. Non-credit certificates authenticate a learning experience that does not involve University credits that could be part of a degree. Non-credit certificates are of two overlapping kinds: those that testify merely to participation and those that are professional in nature.


  2. Non-credit certificates must be reviewed in a process parallel to the Category I process, unless excluded by OUS (see http://www.ous.edu/aca/noncredit.html).

  3. Non-credit certificates may require 800-level courses, as long as these are properly identified as “in-service” or courses aimed at practicing professional skills with no academic assessment or credit that would lead to a University degree. New 800-level courses must be submitted to the Office of Academic Programs approval.

  4. Non-credit certificates that themselves are not transcript visible will be reviewed if they require any credit courses (XX 001-899). Note that OSU Non-credit Certificates do not appear on any OSU transcript.