Developing Continuing and Online Education Certificate Programs

Topics: Graduate Education, Academic Affairs, Online Education

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Research Questions

  • What credit or non-credit certificates do other institutions offer?
  • What are the attributes of certificates with regards to cost, schedule, and time to completion?
  • What topics or trends do administrators predict will be popular certificate programs in the next five years?


With growing interest in non-degree credentials, many institutions are expanding programs that serve students who do not seek additional degrees but rather additional knowledge or skills to be competitive in the work place. This brief examines credit-bearing and non-credit certificate offerings at five institutions. Additionally, the brief describes the process to identify viable program offerings.