Create a Program Proposal for a Graduate Certificate using the CIM system.
Number of Hours: Identify the number of hours in the certification program. Graduate certificate programs consist of a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 21 hours of graduate-level course work. The certificate proposal must include enough approved courses to meet the minimum requirements of the proposal.
Required Courses: Identify the required courses for the certificate (indicating the course prefix, number, credit hours, title, and course prerequisites if applicable). All courses (including distance courses) required for the certificate must be previously approved courses or the new course proposal form must accompany the certificate proposal.
Elective Courses: Identify any elective courses for the certification (indicating the course prefix, number, credit hours, title, and course prerequisites if applicable). The certificate proposal may list elective courses to be developed, but the proposal must include enough approved courses to meet the minimum requirements of the proposal. Before new courses can be counted toward the certificate, they must be approved through the curriculum approval process.
Curriculum Model: Include a certificate curriculum model (if appropriate).
Justification: Provide a brief justification for the graduate certificate program. Typically, the justification describes the coherence of the certificate program and the relationship of the courses as a unit; it also identifies the group of students to be served by the certificate program and the benefits to these students. Documentation should be provided indicating the availability of a viable group of faculty to teach the courses in the certificate program.
Expected Program Outcomes and Assessment Methods:
Expected outcomes must include student learning outcomes and an assessment plan for determining the extent to which the expected outcomes are achieved and for designing improvements based on the analysis of assessment results. The following questions may be helpful:
- What are the expected learning outcomes of this program (what will students be able to demonstrate that they know or can do)?
- What information will you collect and analyze about the extent to which students are attaining the expected learning outcomes of the program?
- How will you use that information for improvement.
Resources: Identify any additional resources or resource shifting required for the certificate program.
Graduate Certificate Proposals received by the Graduate School by the first of the month are routed to the Graduate Council Curriculum and then to the Graduate Council for review and approval. For example, certificate proposals received by September 1st are reviewed during September by the Graduate Council Curriculum Committee and placed on the October agenda of the Graduate Council. The Graduate Council meets once a month, usually during the first week of the month.
After approval by the Graduate Council, certificate proposals are immediately forwarded to the Provost’s Office, for approval.