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SUBJECT: 400s: Academic affairs EFFECTIVE: February 19, 2013
Section: 441 Degree Credit, Non-Degree Credit, Developmental Coursework, and Non-Credit Instructional Activity

  1. This Procedure implements SBHE Policy 441 and defines degree credit, non-degree credit and non-credit instructional activities. All degree-credit and non-degree credit activities are logged and managed in the NDUS administrative system (ConnectND). Non-credit instructional activities are not managed within ConnectND.

  2. By requiring system institutions to maintain accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Board has established high expectations for learning and the assessment of learning which are supported by evidence such as:

    1. The assessment of student learning beginning at the course level

    2. The use of multiple direct and indirect assessments of student learning

    3. The involvement of faculty in defining student learning outcomes, and

    4. All educational offerings, credit and non-credit, involve the assessment of student learning

  3. The award of degree credit or non-degree credit based only on student attendance at an education event is inconsistent with Board expectations and is not permitted.

  4. Instructional delivery practices continue to evolve in dramatic ways. Institutions are encouraged to develop, assess and, if appropriate, deploy new technologies which support effective learning. While the "contact hour" is increasingly difficult to define as technologies emerge, there is a continuing expectation that the recognition of student learning be based, to the extent possible, on the equivalent of fifteen hours of traditional classroom instruction per semester hour of credit.

  5. "Degree credit" means instructional activities provided by the institution which result in the award of college credit that can be applied toward a college degree. Except as specified in the following enumeration of additional forms of degree credit, degree credit: Must be recorded on the official academic transcript; headcount must be reported each semester and on an annual basis; and, degree credit must be included in FTE enrollment calculations. Additional forms of degree credit may include:

    1. Standardized Examinations: Nationally recognized, standardized examinations that document knowledge and competencies for one or more subject areas.

      1. Current system recognized standardized examinations include: College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) and International Baccalaureate (IB).

      2. Must be recorded on the official academic transcript.

      3. Headcount must be excluded in enrollment reporting.

      4. Must be excluded in FTE enrollment calculations.

      5. See also: NDUS Procedure 403.7.4 Common Credit-By-Exam Guidelines.

    2. Challenge Examinations: An institutionally developed examination that enables a student to earn credit for a course through testing rather than regular course enrollment.

      1. Also called Credit by Exam or Advanced Standing at some institutions.

      2. Must be recorded on the official academic transcript.

      3. Headcount must be excluded in enrollment reporting.

      4. Must be excluded in FTE enrollment calculations.

      5. See also: SBHE Policy 805.3 Application, Course, Program and Other Miscellaneous Fees.

    3. Evaluated Non-College Coursework: The award of degree credit through use of published credit recommendations for formal instructional programs offered by non-collegiate agencies, both civilian employers and the military.

      1. Must be recorded on the official academic transcript.

      2. Headcount must be excluded in enrollment reporting.

      3. Must be excluded in FTE enrollment calculations.

    4. Prior Learning Assessment/Credit for Prior Learning: Institutional evaluation of a student portfolio, training modules, or other documentation for the purpose of granting degree credit for learning acquired through experience.

      1. Must be recorded on the official academic transcript.

      2. Headcount must be excluded in enrollment reporting.

      3. Prior Learning Assessment/Credit for Prior Learning must be excluded in FTE enrollment calculations.

      4. Students may be required to pay a fee for the evaluation of prior learning.

    5. Articulated Credit: Degree credit activities for which other, typically non-college course or training content has been evaluated and deemed equivalent to specific courses at the institution. Specific course equivalents are detailed in a corresponding articulation agreement prior to the non-college course or training.

      1. Must be recorded on the official academic transcript.

      2. Headcount must be excluded in enrollment reporting.

      3. Must be excluded in FTE enrollment calculations.

      4. See also: NDUS Procedures 805.3 Fees

  6. "Developmental Courses" are basic academic skills courses designed to prepare students to complete regular academic degree-credit courses. NDUS courses numbered less than 100 are developmental courses. Developmental courses may count toward a student's full time course load.

    1. Must be recorded on the academic transcript.

    2. Headcount must be included in enrollment reporting.

    3. Must be included in FTE enrollment calculations.

  7. Non-Degree Credit means institutional instructional activities that result in the award of college credit which typically cannot be applied toward a college degree. Non-degree credit may include:

    1. Professional Development Activity - Attached Credit: Non-degree credit for instruction sponsored or approved by an institution and taught by an instructor not employed or paid by the institution.

      1. Most common are teacher education workshops. Required criteria must include a proposed offering form, instructor's syllabus, instructor's current vita, and 15 hours instruction per semester hour of credit.

      2. Must be recorded on the official transcript for a continuing education career.

        1. Numbered as 500 courses at MiSU
        2. Numbered as 600 courses at NDSU
        3. Numbered as 700 courses at VCSU
        4. Numbered as 800 courses at MaSU
        5. Numbered as 900 courses at UND

      3. Headcount must be included in the NDUS Annual Enrollment Report under Non-Degree Credit Headcount.

      4. Must be excluded in FTE enrollment calculations.

      5. See also: SBHE Policy 805.3 Application, Course, Program and Other Miscellaneous Fees

    2. Professional Development Activity - Institutionally Sponsored: Non-degree credit for instruction sponsored or approved by an institution and taught by an instructor employed or paid by the institution.

      1. Most common are teacher education workshops

        1. Required criteria to include a proposed offering form, instructor's Application to Teach Form, instructor's syllabus, instructor's current vita, and 15 hours instruction per semester hour of credit.

      2. Recorded on the official academic transcript continuing education career

        1. Numbered as 500 courses at MiSU
        2. Numbered as 600 courses at NDSU
        3. Numbered as 700 courses at VCSU
        4. Numbered as 800 courses at MaSU
        5. Numbered as 900 courses at UND

      3. Headcount included in the Annual Enrollment Report under Non-Degree Credit Headcount.

      4. Excluded in FTE enrollment calculations.

      5. See also: SBHE Policy 805.3 Application, Course, Program and Other Miscellaneous Fees

    3. Degree Courses for Non-Degree Credit (Audited Course): Attendance or participation in a class for educational or self-enhancement purposes without receiving credit toward a degree.

      1. Must be recorded on the official transcript.

      2. Must have audit grading (AU) notation on the transcript.

      3. Must be excluded in GPA calculations

      4. Headcount must be excluded in enrollment reporting.

      5. Must be excluded in FTE enrollment calculations.

      6. See also: SBHE Policy 805.3 Application, Course, Program and Other Miscellaneous Fees

  8. Non-Credit Activity means institutional activities, including Continuing Education Units (CEU) and TrainND activities, which do not result in the award of college credit.

    1. Non-credit activities may not be transcripted on the official academic transcript.

    2. Headcount must be reported within the NDUS Annual Enrollment Report by offices of extended learning or continuing education.

    3. FTE of non-credit activity is not reported in the NDUS annual enrollment report.

Reference: SBHE Policy - 441  

History:
Chancellor's Cabinet Meeting, August 31, 2011.
Chancellor's Cabinet Meeting, January 4, 2012.
Chancellor's Approval, February 19, 2013.
Chancellor's Cabinet Meeting, February 28, 2013.


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