Policy No. 2:03:02:00


SUBJECT: Continuing Education Unit (C.E.U.)

The most commonly used form of recognition and documentation for non-credit continuing education is the Continuing Education Unit (C.E.U.). Continuing Education units may be used within an institution three ways:

  1. C.E.U. serves as a unit of measure to recognize an individual’s participation in non-credit activities that meet appropriate criteria.
  2. C.E.U. may serve as the accounting unit of an institution’s total non-credit courses, programs, and activities (Institutional’s C.E.U.’s).
  3. C.E.U. criteria provides the basis for quality assurance in Continuing Education program.

Awarding of Individual C.E.U.’s

  1. A program or activity is planned in response to the identified needs of a target audience.
  2. The following factors will be determined (with an opportunity for input from a representative of the target group faculty with content expertise, and continuing education personnel) prior to conducting a learning experience or activity offering C.E.U.’s:
    1. The instructional methodology and instructional staff
    2. The number of contact hours of instruction and the appropriate number of C.E.U.’s to be awarded
    3. The purpose and intended learning outcomes
    4. The content, content level, and format
    5. The requirements for satisfactory completion
    6. The time and the schedule
  3. Only the time devoted to instruction (excluding breaks, etc.) is considered in assigning C.E.U.’s. (1.0 C.E.U. is awarded for every 10 contact hours.) Fractions of an hour must be rounded to the nearest tenth.
  4. Participants will be informed in advance (e.g., program brochure or letter) of the requirements for satisfactory completion of a program or activity offering C.E.U.’s. For programs that require attendance only to earn C.E.U.’s, a participant should have 90 percent or above attendance documented by attendance rosters or sign-in sheets.
  5. Only those participants who successfully complete a program or activity are awarded C.E.U.’s.
  6. Activities or programs that involve less than ten contact hours will be evaluated carefully in terms of the C.E.U. program criteria before deciding to award fractional (e.g., 0.3 or 0.4) C.E.U.’s.
  7. Less formal non-credit activities or classes not offering individual C.E.U.’s will be accounted for in terms of the institutional C.E.U.’s.
  8. Although the number of C.E.U.’s to be awarded for each program or activity is recommended during the planning process, responsibility for final determination of the number of C.E.U.’s awarded a particular program or activity rests with the office of Continuing Education, responsible for administering the C.E.U. system.

C.E.U. Record Maintenance

  1. A record of participation is maintained in the Non-credit Programs database program, EventsPro, for each individual to whom C.E.U.’s are awarded and is readily available to the individual upon request.
  2. The official C.E.U. transcript includes the following information for each student:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Completion Date
    • Number of C.E.U.’s Earned
  3. Record of attendance is required for institutional reporting and a file of program materials will be maintained by the administrative unit responsible for awarding C.E.U.’s. Institutional attendance records may be in terms of an accurate headcount.

No institutional application fee will be charged for continuing education.

There is no refund for continuing education classes unless they are cut by the College.

Source: TBR Policy No. 2:03:02:00 and SACS Publication, The Continuing Education Unit: Criteria and Guidelines

Revised: August 2012

Signed: August 12, 2012