USC: Continuing and Professional Education

Information for specific audiences:


Continuing Education Activity


Continuing Education activity encompasses non-degree educational activity purposefully and deliberately initiated, planned, organized or hosted by a University academic or business unit.  All Continuing Education programs must align with the University’s mission and vision.


Programs seeking to improve work related skills, provide personal learning enrichment, support community or economic development, or encourage civic engagement are recognized as Continuing Education activity.  Programs may be delivered synchronously or asynchronously.  Formats may include, but are not limited to:  Classroom instruction, online learning, conferences, consortiums, and lectures.


Continuing Education activity: 

  • Encompasses all educationally based outreach programs offered or hosted by the University. 
  • Documents outreach activities on behalf of the University.
  • May, but need not, confer recognition of individual participation or successful completion through the issuance of CEUs.
  • Allows for recording and reporting of all forms of the University’s continuing education effort.

University Departments, Colleges, and Schools are required to report Continuing Education activity through Continuing Education & Conferences, as outlined in University Policy ACAF 1.70.





Links to related University Policy


ACAF 1.70 - Continuing Education

ACAF 1.71 - Noncredit Certificate Programs

ACAF 1.72 - Continuing Education Units

Examples of Continuing Education Activity:

Non-credit activity includes workshops, conferences, seminars, training programs, professional or executive education, short courses, and other structured educational experiences greater than five hours in length.  Activities may include, but are not limited to: Computer training, in-service training for teachers, health worker training, certification, licensure, or accreditation maintenance, professional education programs, non-credit certificate programs, travel-study programs, educationally based youth programs, or other programs for youth or adults that are designed to enrich, enlighten, or inform the participant.  Any program that provides documentation of recognition for licensing bodies, professional associations, or other professional organizations must also be included.
For more on University Continuing Education Policy CLICK HERE


Instructions for reporting Continuing Education Activity:

Continuing Education Activity must be reported within fourteen days of program conclusion.

If you have multiple programs to report, please complete the Continuing Education Activity Report spreadsheet and submit it via email to:  Please be sure to include your contact information and department or division name in the email.
CE Activity Report Template

To submit for Continuing Education Units on your program, please CLICK HERE.
You do not need to complete the CE Activity Reporting Form for programs receiving official University of South Carolina CEUs.


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