The University of Washington provides access to the extensive resources of the institution in a broad range of credit, noncredit, and certificate continuing education courses and programs. The administration of continuing education at the University is organized as follows:
The mission of continuing education at the University of Washington is to extend knowledge and professional development, career advancement, and personal growth opportunities through teaching, research, and public service to the citizens of Washington State and the nation. The continuing education programs provide public access to educational opportunities not available through conventional degree programs as well as resources for professionals pursuing new knowledge and relicensure, persons seeking career development or change, and individuals who are committed to life-long learning. Courses, workshops, and conferences provide professionals and the general public with opportunities to learn about the latest developments in their fields of practice and to study established bodies of knowledge. Continuing education is a significant part of the University's ongoing relationship with its graduates, working professionals, and the general public.
S-B 159, April 1995 with Presidential approval; RC, December 3, 2013.
|A.||General Policy for Continuing Education Programming
|1)||Continuing education programs are expected
to be self-supporting.
|2)||UW Educational Outreach retains programming authority for all continuing
education courses offered to the public for fees, with
the exception of those offered by professional schools
and colleges or designated independent continuing education
|3)||New continuing education programs and any proposals to
create new administrative units to coordinate continuing
education programs will be reviewed by the Continuing Education
Board of Deans and Directors to determine the independent
status of the program and whether the proposed program
duplicates an existing program or impinges on the programming
authority of an existing continuing education unit. The
board may recommend to the Provost that a particular new
program be granted independent status.
|4)||When disputes arise over programming authority, the units
involved are encouraged to reach an agreement on responsibility
for specific offerings. If the units do not reach agreement
among themselves, the board will review the conflict and
make recommendations to the Provost, who exercises final
authority in the matter.
|5)||Since it is important to maintain high academic standards
for continuing education courses, all continuing education
courses and programs should be reviewed and approved by
the appropriate University of Washington academic unit
or units. UW Educational Outreach, professional, and independent continuing
education program administrators have the responsibility
for seeking such approval or sponsorship.
|6)||UW Educational Outreach and the professional and independent continuing
education administrative units should regularly communicate
and share programming and marketing information.
|7)||The Continuing Education Board of Deans and Directors
should remain conversant with the nature and scope of the
continuing education programs offered at the University.
To this end, it will review annual reports concerning continuing
education administrative units.
|1)||University of Washington Educational Outreach
|a)||Continuing education programs and courses are developed
and presented by UW Educational Outreach in close cooperation
with the appropriate academic units of the University.
|b)||UW Educational Outreach presents self-sustaining
credit courses from the regular curriculum and serves as
a catalyst for the development of new credit and noncredit
courses. Credit courses bear departmental
prefixes and must be reviewed and sponsored by the appropriate
UW academic unit.
|2)||Professional Continuing Education
|a)||Courses or programs in professional fields are developed
and administered by the deans, continuing education staff,
and faculty in the appropriate professional schools and
colleges or related professional units. The programming
authority is designated by the dean or director of the
school or college or by the appropriate academic officer.
|b)||Programming authority for courses of a professional nature
may be given to UW Educational Outreach by the dean or director
of the appropriate professional school or college.
|3)||Independent Continuing Education
Courses or programs identified as "Independent Continuing Education" are developed and administered by appropriate staff and faculty.
|1)||UW Educational Outreach is administered by the Vice
Provost, University of Washington Educational Outreach and Summer
Quarter, who reports to the Provost.
|2)||The UW Continuing Education Board of Deans
and Directors is appointed by and reports directly to the
Provost. The board provides guidance on continuing education
policy as suggested by the Provost.
|3)||All colleges and schools providing continuing
education programs are represented on the board.
|4)||Professional continuing education programs
are administered by the dean or director of a school or
college or his or her appointed representative, or by the
appropriate academic officer.
|5)||Independent continuing education programs
are administered by the director of a unit or his or her
|AI, May 1989; RC, December 3, 2013; S-B 180, February 27, 2014 with Presidential approval.|
||Access on Space-Available
Students may gain access to courses at the University of Washington on a space-available basis under special provisions.
|1)||Graduate Nonmatriculated Status
|a)||Graduate School Memoranda (No. 36, No. 37 and No. 38) issued January 9, 1984 established policy and
procedures for graduate nonmatriculated (GNM) students
to enroll in University courses.
|b)||Individuals submit an application to the academic unit to which they seek
admission as a graduate nonmatriculated registrant. Official transcripts of
college work must be submitted directly to that academic unit (home
|c)||The graduate program coordinator in the home department has the final
authority for the approval or denial of admission. Registration occurs at
UW Educational Outreach.
|d)||Eligible students are classified as graduate nonmatriculated (GNM) and
may apply a maximum of 18 graduate credits toward an advanced
|e)||Minimum Graduate School standards for scholarship apply to GNM students.
Grades are entered on official University of Washington transcripts.
|f)||Information and application materials are available at home departments,
the Graduate School, and UW Educational Outreach.
||Nonmatriculated Student Status
|a)||Individuals may also enroll in University courses as nonmatriculated (NM)
students, on a space-available basis.
|b)||Credits earned by nonmatriculated students cannot be applied
toward a graduate degree.
|c)||No more than 20% of the total enrollment of a course may be
||DL Credit Courses
UW Educational Outreach (UWEO), through its Distance Learning Program, also offers DL University credit courses to matriculated and nonmatriculated students.
|1)||Distance learning courses are available to matriculated
and nonmatriculated students.
|2)||Students may apply a maximum of 90 credits of UW distance learning coursework
towards the credit requirements for graduation.
|3)||Official University of Washington transcripts will not differentiate between distance learning
and classroom courses.
||ACCESS Program for the Older Adult
|The University of Washington waives tuition for Washington
residents 60 years of age and older who wish to participate in classes as auditors.
UW Educational Outreach registers the participants on behalf of the University.
|1)||Registration is on a space-available basis.
|2)||Students are limited to a maximum of two courses per
|3)||As auditors, ACCESS students do not participate in
laboratory work or examinations, nor do they receive grades.
|4)||ACCESS students pay a registration fee.
|5)||ACCESS students enroll for courses on the last day of registration.|
AI, May 1989; S-B 167, November 26, 2001; S-B 173, April 6, 2007: both with Presidential approval; RC, December 3, 2013; S-B 180, February 27, 2014 with Presidential approval.
||Professional Continuing Education
Professional noncredit continuing education consists primarily of courses for licensure, licensure maintenance, developing skills, and exploring new knowledge. Courses are offered by the professional schools through their own continuing education offices or through UW Educational Outreach.
||Personal Development Courses
Personal development courses are offered by independent continuing education programs and UW Educational Outreach. These courses provide opportunities for individual growth and understanding which contribute to a quality of life.
Certificate programs are coherent courses of study in a specific area which culminate in the award of a certificate upon satisfactory completion of the required coursework and/or examination. Certificate programs are offered by the professional continuing education units and UW Educational Outreach.
Academic conferences are coordinated by professional and independent continuing education programs as well as by UW Educational Outreach.
AI, May 1989; RC, December 3, 2013.
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