To provide institutional guidance on establishing, changing and maintaining, and discontinuing certificate programs at Dartmouth.
Dartmouth authorizes the issuance of two types of certificates that are credit-bearing and two types of certificates that are non-credit-bearing:
All new certificates that are credit-bearing must be authorized by degree-granting academic units and adhere to the approval processes required by those units. Once unit approval is obtained, the following steps must be undertaken:
For embedded certificates
For standalone certificates
All new certificates that are non-credit-bearing must be authorized by academic units and adhere to the approval processes required by those units. Once unit approval is obtained, the following steps must be undertaken:
For Certificates of Completion
For Certificates of Demonstrated Competence
Substantive changes to all credit-bearing certificate programs and Certificates of Demonstrated Competence (non-credit bearing) must follow the process delineated by the offering academic units and then be presented to the Provost and Academic Deans. The Provost will inform the APC of any substantial changes to the certificate program.
Standalone credit-bearing certificate programs and Certificates of Demonstrated Competence (non-credit bearing) may be discontinued at any time by the offering academic units with approval from the Provost. Academic units offering embedded certificates (credit-bearing) and Certificates of Completion (non-credit bearing) must inform the Provost of a discontinuation.
Provost will inform the Academic Planning Committee (APC) of the discontinuation of all credit-bearing certificate programs and Certificates of Demonstrated Competence (non-credit bearing). Participants currently enrolled should be accommodated until completion of their certificate program.
Credit-bearing certificates must be included in the offering unit's academic program review process.
The Provost office shall maintain a list of active certificate programs, identifying for each program (1) the type of certificate, (2) unit offering the program, (3) date of approval (or last approved revision), and (4) contact information for the person or office administering the program.
The completion of credit-bearing certificates should be placed on the student's transcript by the offering academic unit's Registrar.
Degree-seeking students who desire to complete an embedded certificate as a part of their degree program may be eligible for federal Title IV aid provided they meet the eligibility requirements for financial aid in their degree program. Certificate students who are not seeking a degree are not eligible for Title IV financial aid.
Certificate: A structured set of courses or learning units, offered in a residential, online, or hybrid format, in an applied area of focus. Certificates may be credit-bearing or non-credit-bearing.
Credit-bearing certificate: A credit-bearing certificate is a structured set of courses for which a student will receive college credits. Credit-bearing certificates may be offered at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional school level.
Discontinuation: To permanently close a certificate program and discontinue program activities.