USC: Continuing and Professional Education

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University Continuing Education Policy

The Office of Continuing Education & Conferences works with the Office of Institutional Assessment & Compliance and the Office of the Registrar to record and report Continuing Education activity and Official CEU activity for the University.  The University applies strict guidelines to ensure proper documentation of all educationally based activities provided on behalf of the University of South Carolina. The following pages are provided to assist University of South Carolina Departments and our partners with University Policy and Procedures compliance.

Please Contact Us for additional information about University Continuing Education policy and procedures related to reporting Continuing Education Activity and Continuing Education Units.



Links to related University Policy


ACAF 1.70 - Continuing Education

ACAF 1.71 - Noncredit Certificate Programs

ACAF 1.72 - Continuing Education Units


University Continuing Education Pages

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


Continuing Education Units

CEUs should be issued to all participants of programs that have a narrowly defined target audience and a learning objective that meets an identified need within the area of instruction.  Participants and sponsors may not opt out of CEUs or issue CEUs to some, but not all, participants.  Rather, the conference of CEUs will be determined solely based on the satisfactory completion of the stated program requirements. 


Noncredit Certificate Programs

Formal acknowledgement of completion of extended continuing education activities.  Noncredit Certificate Programs are generally reserved for completion of multiple related activities for which CEUs have been conferred.  


University Policy - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about University Continuing Education policy.  A resource for University colleges, schools, and departments who sponsor, or may wish to sponsor, a continuing education program. 



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