May 2, 2007 by email

 

To:       Jim Handley – Coordinator, GIS certificate program

Nishele Lenards – Coordinator, Medical Dosimetry certificate program

Barbara Rusterholz – Coordinator, French Studies certificate program

Helen Kowalski – Coordinator, Middle School Mathematics certificate program

  

From:   Elizabeth J. Hitch, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

            Bill Colclough, Interim Provost Designee

 

Re:       Certificate Program Report Requested

 

In 2002, Faculty Senate approved a two-year pilot program for certificate programs.  The pilot program requested annual reviews of each certificate program.  However, the mechanism for triggering these reviews was not identified and the review process was never initiated.  This year, Faculty Senate asked the Academic Priorities Committee (APC) chaired by Rob Wolf, Finance, to review the pilot guidelines.  The APC chose to review the current certificate programs as a first step in reviewing the processes.  The APC requests that you complete a report and submit it to the Provost’s Office by September 14, 2007.  The Provost’s Office will forward the reports to the APC for action.  The standards for certificate programs and methods for initial approval are outlined in the document “Guidelines for Certificate Programs at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse: A Two-Year Pilot,’ available at http://www.uwlax.edu/Records/certificate_programs.htm.   The original description of the process reads as follows:

 The report will detail, among, other things, how many certificates were awarded in the previous year; planned changes in the following year; the results of course program assessments completed by participants in the preceding year; the program staffing pattern (Are regular UW-L faculty teaching extra?  How many and who?  Is this adversely or positively affecting the regular curriculum?  Are ad hoc teachers being hired specifically to teach the courses in the certificate program?  How many and who?  Are non-academic practitioners being hired?  How many and who?).

 

However, for the report due in September, please follow the elaborated questions provided by APC and shown below.

 

1.  Provide a statement of purpose for the program.

 

2.      Identify any non-university entity involved in the certificate program.

 

3.      State the number of certificates awarded in each year since inception.

 

4.      Identify any known demographics regarding the students in the program (age, gender, ethnicity, race, full-time employment status). 

 

5.      Identify any planned changes in the certificate program and the timeline for making those changes.

 

6.      Provide the results of course program assessments completed by participants in the past years.

 

7.      Identify the resources expended in offering the program and the sources for those funds.

 

8.      Provide a table or calendar of the pattern and timing of the courses involved.  

 

9.      Identify the way the program is staffed.

·        Are regular UW-L faculty teaching extra?  How many and who?  Is this adversely or positively affecting the regular curriculum? 

·        Are ad hoc teachers being hired specifically to teach the courses in the certificate program?  How many and who? 

·        Are non-academic practitioners being hired?  How many and who?).

Neither APC nor the Provost’s Office wishes for this report to be an onerous task.  Please answer the questions to the best of your ability.  After APC has reviewed these reports, and the report from Continuing Education regarding the non-credit certificates, they may choose to invite representatives of any certificate programs to discuss the programs with them. 

Finally, given that several of you recently went through the process of creating a certificate program, any commentary on the guidelines would be helpful to the committee.  Thank you.

cc:        Rafique Ahmed – Chair of Geography & Earth Science Department

Ruthann Benson – Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Studies designee

Don Campbell – Director of Continuing Education and Extension

Peggy Denton – Chair of Health Professions Department

Karen McLean – Dean of the College of Science and Health

Betsy Morgan – Faculty Intern to the Provost

Bruce Riley – Chair of Mathematics Department

Don Socha – Chair of Modern Languages Department

Carmen Wilson – Chair, Faculty Senate

Rob Wolf, Chair of Academic Priorities Committee