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2.43.07 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs; Guidelines A post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program is for students who hold Bachelor Degrees, but do not have graduate program status. It is basically undergraduate and does not substitute for a Master's Degree. It is appropriate for students who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in another area and who desire to change fields. Such a program serves mainly three groups of students: a) those who are changing fields and require the equivalent of the undergraduate program in a new discipline; b) those who wish to prepare themselves for entry into a graduate degree program; and c) those students who wish to develop skills or add a body of knowledge for personal development or career growth. Completion of a coherent prescribed set of courses will provide the student with an official Post-Baccalaureate Certificate appropriate to the program. Specific guidelines for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program are: • The program shall be open only to students who possess a Bachelor Degree from an accredited institution. Normally, such a student will be in a post-Bachelor status at Wayne State University. • The program should consist of at least 24 Semester credits of academic work, and must consist of University-level courses, of which usually a minimum of 18 Semester credits must be taken at Wayne State University. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 must be achieved to obtain a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. • The programs should utilize existing courses, facilities, and resources. • The Certificate Program will comprise only undergraduate-level (i.e., 100 through 600) courses. Up to four 500- and 600-level courses may be designated for which the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students in that course may elect to do the work required of graduate students in that course. A student subsequently admitted to the Graduate School may petition to be allowed graduate credit for no more than two (6 to 8 Semester credits) courses in which such election was made and passed with a grade of "B" or better. The petition must be approved by the Department, School/College, and Graduate School. • Program proposals should include description, curriculum, rationale, resource requirements, budget, program standards, and evaluation plans for the proposed program. • The usual University approval procedures shall be followed in establishing such programs.

Legislative History
Adopted(1) 6-0; Official Proceedings 28:3923 (23 March 1984)

Cross References
Sec. 2.43.08

Compiler Notes
(1) President Adamany presented the following report concerning the Guidelines for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs:

This policy will provide guidelines for the development of programs which will address the needs of students who already have Baccalaureate Degrees and who are interested in further personal development or career growth. Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs allow such persons to pursue a coherent sequence of specialized undergraduate courses similar to a second undergraduate major, and to receive certificate recognition for the program. A Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program differs from a second Bachelor Degree in that it is targeted to a narrower subject specialization and is not subject to the group distribution requirements or the course distribution requirements for a particular Bachelor Degree. Currently, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Computer Science is the only Board of Governors' approved program in this category. The proposed policy statement on Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs provides minimum standards and guidelines for departments wishing to develop Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs in the future.

It is the intent of the policy that Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs are to be undergraduate in nature. A major area of concern in the development of the Guidelines was the relationship of Post-Bachelor Certificate Programs to Graduate Programs. The Graduate Council, at its November 30, 1983 meeting, recommended that courses in the program should not count toward graduate credit and recommended that the Graduate Council should have responsibility for review of all Post-Baccalaureate Certificate proposals. The Curriculum and Instruction Committee of the University Council considered the Graduate Council recommendations, but recommended approval of the policy statement which allows, upon petition and approval, up to two courses for graduate credit; and which retains the usual University approval procedures for review of undergraduate program proposals. The policy statement before you was approved by the University Council at its February 1984 meeting.

In my review of the issues, and in accordance with Executive Order 83-1, University Policy-Making Processes, I have determined that the University Council has jurisdiction over this matter, and I present to you the recommendation of the University Council. However, as a follow-up to the problem, I will review Executive Order 83-1 to ensure that the jurisdictional question on such issues is clearly defined. (Official Proceedings 28:3922, 23 March 1984)

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