Continuing Education

For details about this credit, including the criteria, reporting timeframe, applicability, scoring, and more, please review the full credit language.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between continuing education courses and standard courses?

The courses claimed in this credit must be continuing education courses, rather than courses for degree seeking students which are covered under Academic Courses (AC-1).

What information is required for the course inventory?

At minimum, the inventory must provide the following for each course:

  • The course title
  • The department (or equivalent) of the course
  • A brief description of the course

Note: The count of courses reported under the credit should be consistent with the count included in the inventory. Valid inconsistencies must be clarified in the Notes field.

Can standard degree-granting programs count for this credit?

The programs claimed in this credit must be continuing education programs; standard degree-granting programs don’t count, and instead are covered under Undergraduate Program (AC-3) and Graduate Program (AC-4).

Definition: Continuing education (also known as further education) includes non-credit courses and programs that train community members and help build knowledge about particular subjects. Continuing education is inclusive of non-credit, community education and extension courses and programs. Examples include non-degree career training, workforce training, credential maintenance courses, formal personal enrichment courses, self-directed learning and experiential learning (on and off campus). In some cases, non-credit students may earn continuing education units, certification or other evidence of class completion to meet personal or professional requirements.

Must continuing education programs be available to the general public to count?

Yes, continuing education programs must be available to the general public to count (not just faculty/staff/students/alumni).

Templates & Tools

Example Responses

  • Rice University – Solid, detailed responses for both course and program sections.
  • Sterling College – Responses clearly reference a adult learning division/program. 100 percent of courses cover sustainability.

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • Part 1 should reference sustainability-focused continuing education courses, whereas Part 2 should reference sustainability-focused programs in continuing education. While definitions may vary, responses should generally align with common definitions of courses and programs.
  • Part 1, Courses – Must reference continuing education courses (rather than courses for degree seeking students, which are covered under AC 1)
  • Part 1, Course inventory – For each course, the inventory must provide at minimum the title and department (or equivalent) of the course and a brief description of the course. The connection to sustainability must be clear (i.e., reference to ecological and social dimensions of sustainability).
  • Part 1, Course inventory – The count of courses reported under the credit should be consistent with the count included in the inventory. Valid inconsistencies must be clarified in the Notes field.
  • Part 2, Programs – Make sure the programs they are listing are continuing education programs that are clearly sustainability-focused (standard degree-granting programs don’t count, and instead are covered under AC 3 and AC 4).
  • Part 2, Programs – Continuing education programs must be available to the general public to count (not just faculty/staff/students/alumni)

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