Certificate Program Proposals - Assessment of Quality
Undergraduate Certificate - A certificate is awarded in recognition of completion of a well-defined program of coursework that falls within existing units at Grand Valley for a specified purpose that could not simply be achieved by obtaining a transcript.
Graduate Certificate - A credential awarded by the University for completion of a defined and focused collection of courses that meet a clear and appropriate educational objective at the graduate-level.
• Focused collection of courses, that when completed provides student with a coherent record of accomplishment in a discipline or set of disciplines
• Are available to both degree-seeking ad non-degree seeking students • Number of credits may vary according to the needs of the certificate; graduate certificates require a minimum of 9 graduate level credits
• Course(s) taken at another university may be transferred and applied to a certificate program at GVSU, based on evaluation of that course by the GVSU certificate-sponsoring department/college (maximum 1/3 of total certificate credits can be transferred for graduate certificates)
Elements of certificate proposals to consider:
• Is there a defined focus in the certificate description?
• Has author identified a target population whom the certificate may benefit?
• If new courses are proposed for the certificate and/or additional faculty and facility resources needed, has the author provided justification for the extra financial expenditure? i. e. is there a likely return on investment presented?
• Are there letters of support from relevant Deans?
• Are the courses identified consistent with the purpose and objectives of the certificate?
• Do the courses in the proposed certificate meet the quality guidelines? e. g.
o Objectives related to the description
o Objectives measurable
o Sample content in line with objectives
o Evaluation strategies consistent with objectives
o Professional standards or accreditation standards, if applicable