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Academic Information

Academic Schedule
Faculty
Academic Advising
Library Services
Career Services and Resource Center
Transfer Credit
Options for Earning Credit
Prior Learning Assessment Credit Program
Classes and Seminars
Campus Courses
College of Business Administration Credits
Independent Study
Tutorial Option
Additional Options for Undergraduates Only

Academic Schedule
Instruction offered by ProfEd is independent of the university campus academic calendar. Classes begin and end at varying times, depending on the needs of the students being served. Flexible scheduling includes extensive use of compressed schedules and mini-sessions which permit an instructor to subdivide a course into varying time blocks and to schedule a series of intensive study sessions. Course materials and books are made available to students well in advance of the beginning of classes to ensure adequate pre-class preparation time.

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Faculty
The distinctive character and flexible course schedules of CMU’s off-campus offerings attract leaders from a variety of fields. Instruction is provided by CMU faculty, by faculty from other colleges and universities, by public officials, by practicing specialists, and by leaders in business and industry.

The academic credentials of all instructors are approved by the appropriate academic department of the university. In addition, instructors of graduate courses are approved by the College of Graduate Studies. Instructors are contracted separately for each class.

Because Central Michigan University has over 1,400 approved part-time instructors, hired on a course-by-course basis, individual adjuncts are not listed in this catalog. All faculty are required to include biographical information on the cover sheet for each course they teach. This information is available to students before and during registration. As part of the course cover sheet, faculty are required to provide phone numbers, times they are available, and a mailing address where they can be reached before, during and after the class has been completed. A growing number of faculty also provide an e-mail address.

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Academic Advising
Academic advising is provided to help students identify their educational needs, interests and goals. Advisors include professionals from education, business and government. They are available for advising appointments at regularly scheduled times and can be reached via e-mail or phone. Scheduling information is either mailed to students or is posted in the program center office.

Students work with an academic advisor to complete a program plan which serves as the road map or guide to achieve the student’s academic goals. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule an appointment with the academic advisor to develop the program plan. This should be done as early in the student’s course of study as possible – if at all possible, before a student begins his or her second course. If the student decides to take course work before developing a degree program plan, he or she does so at the risk the work may not be applicable to the course of study which he or she wishes to pursue.

The academic advisor and the program director have authority over the student’s program plan. This authority is limited by the curricula and the university’s policies and practices. While the program plan is intended to be flexible, students should not deviate from the program plan without the permission of the academic advisor and the program director. If they do so, they run the risk the deviations may not be applicable to the course of study which they have chosen. No student will be approved for graduation until an approved program plan is on file at ProfEd’s Mount Pleasant office.

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Library Services
The renovated and expanded University Library houses a collection of over 71,030,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and documents and maintains approximately 4,296 periodical and newspaper subscriptions and offers online access to hundreds of databases. The University Library also has a significant microform collection of 1,345,000 items which include long periodical and newspaper runs, as well as large sets of education research reports, early English and American books, presidential papers, and other manuscripts. The library is a selective depository for U.S. and Michigan government documents and maps. Research materials not available in the library can be obtained from other sources around the world through the library’s Interlibrary Loan office.

Access to these materials is available to off-campus students and faculty through the Off-Campus Library Services program (OCLS). OCLS librarians provide reference and referral assistance including directions to appropriate information resources for research assignments, explanation of the use of print and electronic reference tools and databases, answers to specific questions, and assistance in using the databases accessible through the OCLS Web site. For these services, OCLS librarians are available by toll-free telephone numbers, fax, World Wide Web or e-mail. OCLS librarians are available Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday 1-6 p.m. (EST). These librarians also travel to visit many day, evening and weekend classes to provide instruction in research methods and the use of CMU’s library resources.

Additionally, OCLS offers a document delivery service enabling students and faculty to request the loan of any circulating book or government document in the CMU Libraries as well as photocopies of periodical articles. The OCLS document delivery staff makes every effort to have the requests for specific materials ready to send within 24 to 48 hours. Normal operating hours for this service are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-9 p.m. (EST).

Access to the CMU Libraries is an essential aspect of being a successful student at Central Michigan University. Students and faculty participating in off-campus courses through ProfEd ‘s are urged to take advantage of this unique library program. The Off-Campus Library Services’ online address is http://www.cel.cmich.edu/student/ocls.html.

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Career Services and Resource Center
Career Services is located in the Bovee University Center, (989) 774-3068, and offers students assistance with job search activities. The office helps students with developing sound job-seeking skills, writing resumes, and interviewing techniques. Students can register for an online resume referral service through www.careers.cmich.edu/ (Career Service’s Web site). An extensive career resource center is provided for use by all students and alumni who live near or visit the Mount Pleasant area. The resource center contains general career information, tips for seeking jobs, vacancy listings from a variety of sources, and information about potential employers in business, government, and education. For those students and alumni who do not live in the Mount Pleasant area, you can access most of this information through the Career Services Web site.

The center also coordinates on-campus recruiting by businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions and serves as a clearinghouse for employment opportunities through publication of a weekly vacancy Bulletin.

NOTE: The center does not guarantee employment for graduates.

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Transfer Credit
All transcripts and other documents received by the university become the property of the university and will not be released. Copies will not be made for other than university use.

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Options for Earning Credit
Undergraduate Transfer Credit
Courses from other colleges will be considered for transfer credit if they meet the policy outlined below. At least 60 semester hours of the student’s bachelor’s degree academic requirements must be earned at a fully accredited, four-year, degree-granting institution like Central Michigan University, or from a foreign university or college approved by the government or the official agency of the country in which the university or college is located. Credit earned at other institutions is automatically evaluated when a student is granted regular admission status. Evaluation begins after all official transcripts have been received. Results of transfer credit evaluation will be sent to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to consult with the academic advisor who determines which credits may appropriately be applied to that student’s degree program. Course work not eligible for transfer credit may be considered for prior learning assessment credit.

A student may not apply more than 94 semester hours of credit from any combination of the following sources:

  1. Transfer credit
  2. Prior learning assessment credit
  3. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the university’s Credit by Examination Program
  4. United States Armed Forces credit
  5. As assessed on an individual case basis, any other credit earned through standard testing or evaluation procedures.

I. Transfers from accredited schools and foreign institutions. Undergraduate courses from another college or university which is accredited by one of the regional institutional accrediting bodies, or from a foreign university or college approved by the government or the official agency of the country in which the university or college is located, will be considered for transfer credit at Central Michigan University, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Courses must be germane to a program at Central Michigan University.
  2. Transferable courses completed with a grade of C- or better or the equivalent must be accepted.
  3. Credits from foreign institutions will be accepted using the guidelines developed by the World Education Series of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers and in consultation with affected departments.
  4. Grades and honor or quality points are not transferable to or recorded on the CMU permanent record.
  5. Applicability of transfer course work to a student’s program plan is at the discretion of the academic advisor with approval by the appropriate academic unit.

II. Transfers from nonaccredited schools. A student who has earned credit or a baccalaureate degree from an institution which is not accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations may appeal to the Board of Appeals who may consult with the individual departments for an exception to the above policy for up to a maximum of 62 credits. If a positive decision results, transfer credit may then be granted subject to the same conditions that apply to transfers from accredited schools.

For undergraduate transfer credit from another university to be considered for acceptance while an undergraduate student is currently enrolled in the Extended Degree Programs, the student must:

  1. Consult with the academic advisor to determine whether the course would likely be appropriate to the program plan. Consultation does not guarantee acceptance of the credit as the guidelines, described above, must also be satisfied.
  2. Upon completion of the work, request that the institution awarding the credit send one official transcript to ProfEd.

III. Exceptions. Academic units may request an exception to the Regional Accreditation Policy from the Degrees, Admissions, Standards, and Honors Committee.

IV. Military training and experience.

  1. Military service school experiences. Granting of academic credit for military service school experiences will be guided by the evaluations prepared by the American Council on Education and published in the "Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services." All Military Service School experiences that are recommended for undergraduate level credit will transfer to Central Michigan University. Acceptability of credit for military service school experiences to fulfill CMU major or minor requirements is at the discretion of the individual department.
  2.  Military occupational specialties. Granting of academic credit for military occupational specialties will be guided by the evaluations prepared by the American Council on Education and published in the "Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services." All Military Occupational Specialties that are recommended for undergraduate level credit will transfer to Central Michigan University. Acceptability of credit for military occupational specialties to fulfill CMU major or minor requirements is at the discretion of the individual department.
  3.  Service Member Opportunity College (SOC) courses. Undergraduate courses from another college or university that is recognized as a Service Member Opportunity College institution for either the army (SOCAD), navy (SOCNAV), or marine corps (SOCMAR) may transfer to Central Michigan University subject to the following conditions: a) transferable courses completed with a grade of C- or better or the equivalent must be accepted; b) grades and honor points or quality points are not transferable to or recorded on the CMU permanent record.  The Program Plan is a record of all of the student's credit (including military experience) and where that learning fits into his or her degree plan.

V. Nonmilitary training experiences. Granting of academic credit for selected training experiences offered outside the sponsorship of colleges and universities will be guided by the evaluations prepared by the American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service (CCRS) program. CCRS credit recommendations appear in the publication entitled: The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. Students must provide an official transcript from the Registry of Credit Recommendations American Council on Education, (202) 939-9434.

The MACRAO Articulation Agreement: A student who transfers from a community college in Michigan with a transcript documented as having satisfied the Michigan Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers Agreement, will also have satisfied the University Program portion of the General Education Requirements of this Bulletin. Other students should see the general education requirements section of this or the undergraduate Bulletin they are following for guidelines on the applicability of their transfer credit toward University Program requirements.

International Baccalaureate Credit: Courses within the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the International Baccalaureate Certificate for individual courses may be accepted as transfer credit on a course-by-course basis if the higher level examinations have been passed with a score of four or better.

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Graduate Transfer Credit
Up to fifty percent of the minimum hours required for the graduate degree may be awarded in transfer credit and used on a master’s degree program plan. This fifty percent may include a maximum of 10 hours of prior learning credit. An exception is a California student who is limited to six hours of prior learning credit according to California regulations. A maximum of six semester hours of transfer credit may be used on a graduate certificate program plan. Courses used on previous graduate degrees or certificates may not be counted toward a graduate certificate. If a student has already completed a master’s or higher degree, a maximum of six semester hours may be transferred from that degree to a degree program. Graduate-level military school course work with a grade of outstanding or excellent will be considered for transfer. The ACE Guide is consulted, and its recommendations are generally, but not always, followed. Course work which is not transferable may be considered for prior learning credit. Transfer credits are not included in the computation of a student’s grade point average.

Graduate transfer credits must be appropriate to the student’s program, recommended by the student’s academic advisor for use on the program plan, and approved by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Graduate transfer credits must meet the following criteria:

  1. Credits must have been earned at a regionally accredited college or university or one of recognized graduate standing as defined by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies (recognized at the time the credits were earned).
  2. The credits were earned within four years for graduate certificate programs and seven years for master’s degrees.
  3. As certified on a graduate transcript, courses must be at the graduate level.
  4. The student must have been in good academic standing (3.0 cumulative GPA at the institution where the student earned the credits). That is, either (a) the student had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the end of the semester when the student took the course to be transferred; or (b) the student had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time the student left the institution where the credits were taken. In addition, the student must have received graduate credit for the work, and earned a grade of "B" or better. Ungraded course work will be accepted in transfer only if it is accompanied by evidence that the work is of "B" or higher quality.
  5. The credits must be appropriate to the student’s program and not be in conflict with credit limitations specified elsewhere in this Bulletin.
  6. Courses earned by correspondence are not eligible for graduate transfer credit.
  7. Courses used on previous CMU degrees or certificates may not be counted toward another certificate program.

Exceptions to any aspect of this policy will be considered only in extraordinary circumstances and will be granted at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. However, transfer credits may never exceed seven years from the student’s completion of the master’s degree on which the transfer credits are to apply.

Students who seek to transfer credit should begin the process by giving their academic advisor copies of course catalog descriptions or syllabi. After reviewing the materials, the academic advisor will indicate which work might be appropriate for use on the program plan. The student is responsible for requesting that an official transcript(s) of the credits be sent directly to the program administrator by the registrar of each institution from which the credit was earned. The academic advisor then initiates the Graduate Transfer Credit Request (GTCR) form which recommends to the dean of Graduate Studies that the transfer of the course work be approved. All transfer credits must be approved by the academic advisor and the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Students may request pre-approval of a course’s content for possible transfer credit. If pre-approval is received from the Graduate Studies Office, the student should request the academic advisor to submit a Graduate Transfer Credit Request form after satisfactorily completing the course. All of the criteria for transfer credit noted above would then apply.

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Prior Learning Assessment Credit Program
Undergraduate and graduate degree students admitted to the Extended Degree Programs may apply for credit for past personal and professional experiences which have resulted in the attainment of college-level competencies. Undergraduate students must have regular admission status before applying for prior learning assessment credit.

Academic credit may be awarded to undergraduate students for learning resulting from career and personal experiences; job-related activities; extensive hobbies, travel, and foreign residency; community service; and training received through on-the-job instruction, self-study, or specialized schooling. Undergraduate students may apply for up to 60 semester hours of prior learning credit. However, credit from prior learning may not be used to meet any University Program or competency requirement.

To apply for prior learning assessment credit, graduate degree students must have either conditional or regular admission status and may use up to 10 semester hours of prior learning assessment credit on most degree programs. Prior learning assessment credit does not necessarily satisfy specific competency requirements for advanced degree programs. In compliance with California law, graduate students at the Camp Pendleton Center may use up to six semester hours of prior learning assessment credit on their degree programs.

Graduate students may receive prior learning assessment credit only for learning from work experiences and training sessions completed within seven years immediately preceding completion of the graduate degree, and which occurred after the undergraduate degree was awarded. Prior learning assessment credit may be used on most graduate degree programs but may not be used on the graduate certificate program. Talk with your advisor to determine if prior learning credit would be applicable to your degree program.

To be applied to a program plan, prior learning must be directly related to the degree being pursued. Academic advisors decide whether or not prior learning credits may be used on a student’s program plan with final approval from the program director. Students must post prior learning credits to their transcripts within one year from the date the award is made. Credits not posted are lost, but students may reapply for them by submitting a new portfolio and paying the current evaluation fee.

Students who earn credit through the Prior Learning Assessment Program must complete five semester hours of credit from CMU before the prior learning credits will be recorded on their transcripts.

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The Prior Learning Assessment Credit Process
Application packets are available from MBS Direct. Students should carefully review the application instructions and sample portfolio before beginning work. The application packet serves as a model structure for the student’s portfolio. Portfolios must be typewritten or machine printed.

Portfolios should be submitted as early as possible in the degree program since an early evaluation of prior learning assessment credits enables the student to plan her or his degree program more efficiently. Graduate prior learning assessment credit applications should be submitted within four months (120 days) of a student’s admission. Completed portfolios and the appropriate fee should be sent to: Prior Learning Assessment, Central Michigan University, ProfEd, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859.

The evaluation of portfolios is usually completed within 9-12 weeks. Students should submit two complete copies of their portfolios in separate notebooks; if they do not, evaluation time will be lengthened.

After being notified of their prior learning assessment credit award, students are responsible for consulting with their academic advisor. The academic advisor determines which prior learning assessment credits may be applied to the student’s program plan.

Portfolios are evaluated using performance criteria established and administered by a trained team of university graduate faculty members. Typical criteria include such things as the amount and level of decision-making responsibility; the number of and reporting relationships with subordinates and colleagues; the span of financial control; the activity time span, training experience duration, preparation and results; and the overall level of responsibility or expertise required to perform the functions described. All experiences must be thoroughly self-assessed and documented.

The following course numbers are used to record prior learning assessment credits:

Undergraduate:

  • UNV 297 (lower division), or
  • UNV 497 (upper division)

Graduate:

  • UNV 697

An appropriate competency title and credit hour designation is assigned by the prior learning assessment team to each award.

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Classes and Seminars
The instructional format for each course offered through the off-campus programs is dependent upon content, student needs, and faculty availability. Classes are usually scheduled during compressed time blocks to maximize instructional effectiveness and to minimize scheduling conflicts. Formats offered include alternate weekends, week-long, and evenings, as well as Distance Learning.

Regardless of the scheduling format, textbooks, course outlines, reference materials and assignments are available prior to the first session of a class to allow preparatory reading and study. Supplemental reading materials, to be checked out on a library-loan basis, may be placed in a central location (such as an agency, corporate, or public library) accessible to most students.

Student Interaction for Learning Purposes: Central Michigan University encourages instructors to use classroom activities, such as group assignments and in-class projects, that foster student interaction. The cohort format used in many locations is designed to foster student interaction throughout their degree program.

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Campus Courses
Any student admitted to ProfEd may enroll for classes on the Central Michigan University campus in Mount Pleasant. Students must follow regular on-campus enrollment procedures and are charged an enrollment fee for each campus semester or session. Information regarding dates and procedures for on-campus registration is published in the Class Schedule. Copies are usually available in off-campus program center offices and are available by contacting the Registrar’s Office, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859, (989) 774-3261.

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College of Business Administration Credits
MSA degree student program plans may include no more than 15 semester hours of course work from the College of Business Administration; graduate certificate student program plans may include no more than 12 semester hours; undergraduates, no more than 27 semester hours. These credit limitations include both business transfer credits and credits earned at CMU.

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Independent Study
Independent study courses such as MSA 691 (1-2 credits) are available for students who wish to pursue special areas of interest. Independent learning experiences should help students develop skills in planning, organizing, researching, reporting, and developing specific skills outside the classroom. The experiences may take the form of readings, research, internships, or special projects. Students wishing to pursue independent study should contact their program center for an Independent Study Guide and an application for Independent Study Request. Independent study projects should not duplicate the content of an established course.

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Tutorial Option
Students may, under certain circumstances, take courses as tutorials (on an individual basis) working closely with an approved instructor.

Details are available from the program administrator.

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