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Pima County Community College District Standard Practice Guide

SPG Title:   Noncredit Courses and Programs
SPG Number:    
Effective Date:   3/27/12
Approval Date:   3/27/12
Review Date(s):                                  
Revision Date(s):                               
Schedule for Review & Update:  Every three years
Unit Responsible for Review & Update:  Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Services
Sponsoring Unit/Department:    Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Services
Regulation Title & No.:   Courses, RG-3105/B
Board Policy Title & No.:  Curriculum, BP-3105
Legal Reference:                                   
Cross Reference:      

I.       Purpose

The purpose of this standard practice guide is to implement the regulation of, and establish the procedures for, the development, promotion, and delivery of noncredit courses and programs, which will ensure College standards and integrity are maintained.  This standard practice guide does not include noncredit courses and programs provided through the Center for Training and Development.

II.      Definitions

A.      Noncredit courses are offered for personal interest or career and professional development.

B.      Noncredit courses do not earn semester credit hours or credit of any kind, including transfer credit, occupational credit, developmental credit, special interest credit, workforce credit, or clock hours.  Credit courses of <100 level that do not apply to degree requirements are viable as noncredit.

C.      Personal interest courses refer to courses that develop or improve a student’s skills, knowledge, and abilities in personal endeavors.

D.      Career and professional development courses refer to courses that develop or improve a student’s skills, knowledge, or abilities in occupational or professional positions.

E.      Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered for many noncredit career and professional development courses.  CEU’s may be offered for career courses that help a person obtain employment, keep current in a profession, or maintain credentials. 

F.      A CEU is a unit of measurement for noncredit career and professional development activities.  One CEU is equivalent to 10 classroom hours of instruction unless otherwise specified by a professional organization or accrediting agency. 

G.      An official Pima College transcript can be produced for courses that offer CEUs.  An official College transcript cannot be produced for other noncredit courses.

III.    Placement of Courses and Programs

A.      Placement refers to assignment of new or existing courses and programs to a specific PCC campus.

B.      Each campus has the opportunity to develop and offer noncredit career and professional development and personal interest courses and programs.

C.      Each campus will be able to offer career and professional development noncredit courses and programs consistent with their assigned programs under Curriculum Alignment, Unification, and Placement.

D.      Each campus will be able to offer personal enrichment, noncredit courses.

IV.    Standards

A.      There shall be a defined set of standards for all campuses offering noncredit courses or programs.  The noncredit standards will include (but are not limited to) consistency in selection and orientation of instructors; curriculum development; instructor pay rates; marketing; scheduling; and budget development.

B.      Instructors for career and professional development courses should have at least an earned bachelor’s degree in the subject area; 18 credit hours at the master’s level in the subject area; or substantial professional experience in the subject area per the industry standards and which is consistent with requirements for credit programs. 

C.      Personal interest instructors will have experience and demonstrated expertise in the subject area.

D.      Instructor pay rates will follow the classified pay schedule which is overseen by Human Resources.

E.      Instructors and vendors may be paid as contractors provided a Contract Professional Services Form is completed and approved by the District Finance and Human Resources departments.

F.      Course development will follow Continuing Education guidelines and formats for personal interest and career and professional development courses.

G.      Campuses that offer noncredit courses will develop an appropriate budget to include staff expenses; instructor costs; materials and equipment costs; marketing costs; miscellaneous costs; and indirect expenses for Community Campus oversight.

H.      Marketing of noncredit courses will follow College marketing guidelines and regulations.

I.       Classes should be planned and built for inclusion in the Schedule of Classes. 

V.      Responsibilities for Operation and Oversight

A.  Community Campus Continuing Education will act as facilitator/broker for all noncredit offerings.

    B.      Campuses will submit to Community Campus for review: proposed contact hours for each course; instructor credentials and pay schedule; proposed schedule (day of week, time of day, material fee, course fee); and plan for course promotion.

    C.      Campuses will be responsible for scheduling noncredit courses; the new instructor hiring process; marketing of noncredit courses; and course operation.

    D.      Campuses will be responsible for all costs incurred for developing, marketing, and operating noncredit courses at their Campus.

    E.      The noncredit web event Calendar will be maintained by Community Campus Continuing Education for all featured calendar items.

    F.      Community Campus Continuing Education will support the Campus noncredit program in the following ways:  instructor referral, Schedule of Classes, Flexible Registration, web event calendar, curriculum development, distribution of marketing materials.

    G.      Modification and new noncredit curriculum will be submitted through Community Campus, Continuing Education.

    VI.    Funding

    A.      The College’s general fund does not subsidize noncredit course development, coordination and delivery.

    B.      Noncredit offerings are expected to cover all expenses, both direct and indirect.

    C.      Expenses will be supported by campus designated funds.