New Program Leading to a Certification of Professional Achievement
Some schools offer programs consisting of credit-bearing courses that train students in specific areas that do not require a sufficient number of points to qualify for a statutory certificate. To recognize student participation in those programs, the University offers a Certification of Professional Achievement.
A program leading to the Certification offers an organized, stand-alone curriculum of a minimum of four credit-bearing courses taken for a letter grade. Students may not receive the document for completing a major, minor or concentration or for taking courses that count toward a degree or certificate.
To request approval for a Certification of Professional Achievement program, schools should send the Vice Provost for Academic Administration a proposal, using the form Proposal for a Certification of Professional Achievement Program. After conducting his own review of the proposal, the Vice Provost will forward it to the Education Committee of the University Senate. The Committee provides the final authorization for new Certification programs. They do not need the approval of the full University Senate or the University Trustees. They are not registered with the New York State Department of Education, nor is it necessary to send them to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for review.