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3033 -- COLLEGE CERTIFICATE STRUCTURE POLICY

Basic Policy Statement
An important component of Washtenaw Community College's mission is to provide students with occupational skills for entry-level jobs as well as job advancement. To this end the College will maintain four levels of certificates that will provide a framework for developing and maintaining clearly defined, short-term programs that are focused on preparing students for specific jobs in as few credits as possible. This certificate structure is designed to permit the combining of certificates with other certificates and/or general education courses to create multiple career options for the College's wide range of student populations. Certificates can also meet the major/area requirements for students who choose to pursue a general studies Associate in Applied Science degree program.

The College will adopt the following four certificates effective with the start of the 2000-2001 academic year:

  1. Post-Associate Certificate

This certificate is for post-associate's degree programs for students who are pursuing advanced study in an occupational area. These may be short-term or longer with the focus on study beyond the degree level.

  1. Advanced Certificate

This type of certificate is for students who are pursuing advanced study in an occupational area. These may be short term or longer programs with the focus on study beyond the certificate level. The Advanced Certificate may be added to a standard Certificate to form the basis for an associate's degree.

  1. Certificate

The Certificate is for standard credit programs that are normally set up for one or two semesters. Primarily used to prepare students for entry level occupations, this type of certificate may be used as a discrete program or combined with other certificate programs to form the basis for an associate's degree.

  1. Certificate of Completion

The Certificate of Completion should represent a discrete body of skills and/or knowledge that is intended to prepare students for a specific occupation or basic literacy attainment. It can be credit, noncredit, or a combination of both.

Policy Criteria
Post-Associate Certificate

  1. Limited to a minimum of 6 credits and a maximum of 36 credits.
  2. Requires that a minimum of 75% of the total credits required for the certificate be completed as "residence credit" (WCC credit).
  3. Courses numbered below 200 may not be used toward post-associate certificate completion.
  4. Requires completion of an associate degree or higher degree, or its equivalent for admission.
  5. In combining certificate programs in the same subject area, there must be at least a 9 credit difference between certificates.

Advanced Certificate:

  1. Limited to a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 36 credits.
  2. Requires that a minimum of 50% of the total credits required for the certificate be completed as "residence credit" (WCC credit).
  3. Courses numbered below 100 may not be used toward advanced certificate completion.
  4. Requires completion of a certificate, an associate degree or higher degree, or its equivalent for admission.
  5. In combining certificate programs in the same subject area, there must be at least a 9 credit difference between certificates.

Certificate:

  1. Is limited to a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 36 credits.
  2. Requires that a minimum of 50% of the total credits be completed as "residence credit" (WCC credit).
  3. An exception to the residence credit requirement will be made for the Liberal Arts MACRAO and the Liberal Arts MTA certificates. In order to meet the spirit of these agreements the Liberal Arts MACRAO certificate will require eight (8) WCC credits and the Liberal Arts MTA certificate will require one (1) credit-bearing college-level course at WCC.
  4. Courses numbered below 100 may not be used toward certificate completion.
  5. In combining certificate programs in the same subject area, there must be at least a 9 credit difference between certificates.

Certificate of Completion:

  1. Limited to a maximum of 8 credits.
  2. Requires that all work be completed at WCC.
  3. Courses numbered 051 and below cannot be used toward completion of this certificate.
  4. Certificates of completion may not be listed in the college catalog.

Outcomes
Through a clearly defined certificate structure, WCC will maintain a strong match between student and community needs and the college's curriculum. The structure recognizes and supports both lifelong learning and the flexible configuration of curricula so that students can easily combine degrees and certificates to meet evolving life circumstances requiring college credentials.

Adopted: February 24, 1998
Revised: May 23, 2000
Administrative Review: May 2002
Revised: September 23, 2003
Revised: June 26, 2012
Revised: June 24, 2014

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Board of Trustees Policy Manual
    SERIES 1000, BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    • 1010 - Bylaws
    • 1020 - Citizen Participation During Board of Trustees Meetings
    • 1030 - Policy Development Guidelines
    • 1050 - Mission Statement
    • 1060 - Guidelines for Excellence
    • 1070 - Trustee Emeritus Policy
    • 1080 - Board Travel and Attendance at Conferences
    • 1090 - Compensation and Reimbursement of Trustee Local Expenses

    SERIES 2000, ADMISSIONS, TUITION/FEES ASSESSMENT
    • 2005 - Admissions Policy
    • 2030 - Residency
    • 2040 - Tuition Refund Policy
    • 2080 - Tuition Payment Plan Policy
    • 2095 - WCC Scholarships
    • 2105 - Program Offerings in Livingston County
    • 2120 - Policy on Articulation

    SERIES 3000, INSTRUCTION
    • 3010 - Assurance of Student Success
    • 3020 - Club Sports
    • 3031 - Policy on Credit for Prior Learning
    • 3033 - College Certificate Structure Policy
    • 3043 - Curriculum Purpose and Effectiveness Policy
    • 3045 - General Education Philosophy and Requirements
    • 3046 - Degree Structure Policy

    SERIES 4000, STUDENTS
    • 4052 - Learning Resource Center, Loan Privileges (LRC)
    • 4055 - New Student Assessment and Individualized Program Planning
    • 4060 - Student Orientation
    • 4067 - Student Eligibility for Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities
    • 4070 - Student Information, Release of
    • 4080 - WCC Student Newspaper
    • 4090 - Student Health Insurance
    • 4095 - Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct Code

    SERIES 5000, EMPLOYEES
    • 5005 - Administrative Compensation Policy
    • 5010 - Affirmative Action
    • 5020 - Administrative Group Annual Planning & Performance Review Policy
    • 5030 - Children's Center, Staff Use of
    • 5040 - Conflict of Interest: College Administrators
    • 5042 - Diversity in College Employment
    • 5045 - Emeritus Staff Policy
    • 5050 - Employee Assistance Program
    • 5060 - Employee Recognition
    • 5065 - Organizational Chart
    • 5070 - Part-Time Faculty and Wage Rates
    • 5080 - Sexual Harassment
    • 5081 - Policy Prohibiting Discriminatory Harassment
    • 5085 - Staff Collaboration and Governance Policy
    • 5087 - Staff Success Policy
    • 5090 - Work Practices and Rules of Conduct (Faculty and Staff)
    • 5091 - Drug-Free Workplace

    SERIES 6000, BUSINESS OFFICE
    • 6010 - Accounting of Funds
    • 6020 - Banking
    • 6030 - Budget Adjustment
    • 6035 - External Use of College Facilities
    • 6036 - Conduct and Compliance: Use of Facilities
    • 6037 - Facilities Rental Fee Policy
    • 6040 - Firearms Range, Utilization Priority
    • 6041 - Firearms Range, Safety
    • 6042 - Firearms Range, User Fee
    • 6050 - Purchase of Goods and Services
    • 6060 - Travel
    • 6070 - Policy on the Monitoring of Federal Funds

    SERIES 7000, CONTINUING EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
    • 7010 - Continuing Education Agreements with Public School Districts
    • 7020 - Continuing Education Unit
    • 7030 - Non-Credit Offerings

    SERIES 8000, GENERAL COLLEGE POLICIES
    • 8010 - Alcoholic Beverages on College Property, Use and Possession
    • 8012 - Americans with Disabilities Act, Compliance
    • 8015 - Honorary Associate Degree Policy
    • 8016 - Campus Safety Policy
    • 8018 - Policy on Student Speech and Expressive Conduct
    • 8021 - Internet Accounts Policy
    • 8022 - Computing Resources Usage Policy
    • 8025 - Crime Awareness and Campus Security Policy
    • 8028 - Access, Success, and Equity for Diverse People
    • 8029 - Display of Flags and Banners Policy
    • 8040 - Foundation, WCC
    • 8050 - Institutional Effectiveness
    • 8060 - Long-Range Planning
    • 8063 - Memorial Tributes
    • 8065 - Naming of College Buildings and Spaces
    • 8070 - Right To Know Laws, Compliance
    • 8085 - Smoke-Free Campus Policy








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