USC: Continuing and Professional Education

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University Policy - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the University policies for Continuing Education?
Do the policies apply to me?
Why is reporting important to the University?
What is the difference between Continuing Education Activity, CEUs, and Certificate Programs?
Who is eligible to apply for CEU Documentation?
Does USC provide Continuing Education classes, seminars, or workshops?
What are the fees for reporting?
What is the CEU program and issuing process?
Links and Additional Information



What are the Policies for Continuing Education at the University of South Carolina?

There are three policies that relate to Continuing Education at the University of South Carolina.  These policies cover continuing education activity, Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and Noncredit Certificate Programs (NCCPs).  The Policies are:

ACAF 1.70 - Continuing Education

ACAF 1.71 - Noncredit Certificate Programs

ACAF 1.72 - Continuing Education Units


Do the Policies apply to me?

These policies apply to all University colleges, schools, academic units, and business offices that engage in any form of continuing education activity.  The policies must also be applied to any programs that are run in coordination with a University department or in affiliation with the University.


We already report continuing education initiatives through our Blueprint for Academic Success.  Why is it important that we report all continuing education activities?

The Office of Continuing Education and Conferences has been charged by the Office of the Provost with accurately collecting and reporting continuing education data for the University.  The Office adheres to strict guidelines designed to assure proper documentation and reporting of noncredit special activities on behalf of the University of South Carolina.  The information collected by CEC is used in reports for our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and in other important reports. 

The information collected by CEC supplements data provided in the Blueprint for Academic Success.  Specifically, data is collected to ensure compliance with SACS standard 4.3.2, which requires that all continuing education programs align with the University mission.  Additional supplemental information about the type and number of persons served, and the total number of activities provided by the University are included in the CEC reports, but may not be included in the Blueprint for Academic Success.


What is the difference between Continuing Education Activity, CEUs, and Certificate Programs?

Continuing Education Activity includes all educationally based activity that does not confer University credit that can be applied toward a degree.  These programs may vary from a "lunch & learn" to a conference, to an extended continuing education course or program.  All such activities must be reported to Continuing Education & Conferences, in accordance with University Policy ACAF 1.70.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)  are a measure of participation in an organized continuing education experience under sponsorship by an appropriate authority, with instruction, direction, and evaluation by qualified personnel.

CEUs are issued to all program participants that successfully complete a pre-determined set of requirements for a continuing education activity. 

Noncredit Certificate Programs provide formal acknowledgement of the completion of an area of study, generally comprised of several CEU issuing programs.  Certificate Programs comprise of courses that have been purposefully joined together and sequenced to accomplish a comprehensive understanding of a particular subject.

What are the benefits of the CEU?

CEUs are a means of documenting the professional development activities your organization or department offers. For many career professionals, the CEU is used to maintain credentials, to justify promotions and to document the training programs in which they participate.


Who is eligible to apply for CEU Documentation?

All programs for which University CEUs are provided must be sponsored by a University Department.  The CEU Documentation Form must be approved by the dean or department head to ensure proper review.

External agencies, including non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses and professional development organizations, may be eligible to qualify their programs for CEUs if such programs demonstrate compatibility with the mission of the University of South Carolina and secure sponsorship through Continuing Education and Conferences or a related University academic unit.


Does Continuing Education and Conferences provide CEU classes, seminars, or workshops?

Yes.  Continuing Education and Conferences offers a number of Professional Education opportunities through our Professional Education Programs

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What are the fees for reporting Continuing Education Activity?

There is no fee for University departments to report Continuing Education Activity.  Fees vary for CEU documentation, Noncredit Certificate Programs, and for sponsors outside the University.



Links and additional information

CEU Program Frequently Asked Questions
CEU Participant Frequently Asked Questions
Report Continuing Education Activity
International Association for Continuing Education Training


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