This online version is for convenience; the official version of this policy is housed in the University Secretariat. In case of discrepancy between the online version and the official version held by the Secretariat, the official version shall prevail.
Approving Authority: Senate and the Board of Governors
Original Approval Date: March 6, 2013 (Senate); April 18, 2013 (Board of Governors)
Date of Most Recent Review/Revision: n/a
Office of Accountability: Vice-President: Academic and Provost
Administrative Responsibility: Teaching Support Services
This policy establishes a framework for the review and approval of continuing studies certificate programs through the creation of a Continuing Studies Advisory Committee.
‘Continuing studies certificate program’: a not-for-degree-credit program intended to provide educational opportunities to lifelong learners; such opportunities may include professional development programs for specialized or general audiences and general interest programs for non-traditional learners.
This policy applies only to continuing studies certificate programs offered by Wilfrid Laurier University. Continuing studies certificate programs in existence as of the original approval date are considered approved, but remain subject to the provisions requiring periodic review and approval of significant changes. This policy does not apply to:
There are two types of continuing studies certificate programs:
Continuing education certificate programs sponsored by an academic unit or sub-unit shall be approved by the head of the academic unit (the Dean, for Faculties; the University Librarian, for the Library), on the recommendation of the Continuing Studies Advisory Committee. Continuing education certificate programs sponsored by administrative or operational units within the University shall be approved by the Vice-President: Academic and Provost, on the recommendation of the Continuing Studies Advisory Committee. All continuing studies certificate programs which involve agreements or partnerships with external organizations, regardless of whether the certificate program is sponsored by an academic or an administrative/operational unit, shall be approved by the Vice-President: Academic and Provost, on the recommendation of the Continuing Studies Advisory Committee.
The Continuing Studies Advisory Committee (CSAC) shall consist of five members:
The committee shall be chaired by the Director of Teaching Support Services. Quorum for the committee shall be four members.
The committee shall have four principal responsibilities:
Registration in continuing studies certificate programs does not confer “registered student status” on program participants. However, registered students may enrol in continuing studies certificate programs.
Registration fees for continuing studies certificate programs are set by the sponsoring unit in consultation with the Office of Continuing Studies and the approving authority (the Dean, University Librarian, or Vice-President: Academic and Provost). These fees fall outside provincial tuition and operating grant regimes.
Templates for approval for a new continuing studies certificate program:
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