Please review the following guidance, which itemizes the questions you will be asked to answer when initiating a request for a new credit-bearing certificate.
PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to “save” and “return” to the form before you submit a request. As such, we suggest you use the following guidance to have the information needed to complete the request in hand before you the you start the process. If you need an accessible application please contact Felicia Wilson in IRA.
NAME OF PROPOSED CERTIFICATE:
Enter the full name of the proposed certificate program. For example, Accounting, Applied Behavior Analysis, Cybersecurity Management.
From the dropdown menu provided, select the school(s) that will host the proposed degree.
PROPOSAL CONTACT FULL NAME:
Indicate the name of the primary contact at the sponsoring school with whom IRA staff will work to manage the steps required to approve the certificate. If there are additional contacts closely involved in this proposal who you would like IRA staff to include on related correspondence, please provide their names and email addresses in the Description of New Certificate attachment (see below).
PROPOSAL CONTACT EMAIL:
Enter the official UVA email address of the proposal contact (primary computing ID address, no alias or non-UVA email addresses, please).
DATE OF SUBMISSION:
Select the date you are submitting this initiation request.
REQUESTED EFFECTIVE TERM OF PROPOSED CERTIFICATE:
Enter the term in which the school aims to enroll students for the first time consistent with the certificate credit hour requirements. Note: advertisement of a certificate cannot commence until the University has received a notification approval from SCHEV.
REQUESTED CERTIFICATE DESIGNATION:
From the dropdown menu provided, select the abbreviated degree designation of the proposed certificate. See policy on Establishing Certificate Programs.
PROPOSED TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS FOR CERTIFICATE:
Enter the total number of credits a student would need to earn to complete the certificate’s requirements.
PROPOSED CIP CODE FOR THE CERTIFICATE:
Indicate the proposed 6-digit CIP Code for the certificate (see box below) that the program faculty would suggest aligns most closely with the curriculum of the certificate.
CIP Codes are the US Department of Education’s national taxonomic system for reporting of institutional data. All certificate programs are assigned a CIP Code, and consistent with SCHEV requirements, an institution may only have one certificate program per 6-digit CIP Code at each level (postbaccalaureate, undergraduate, graduate). A list of assigned CIP codes to UVA certificate programs is available on SCHEV’s degree inventory page.
DESCRIPTION OF CERTIFICATE:
Upload a brief description (one to two paragraphs) word document or PDF setting forth the purpose of the certificate. Reference what students (see target audience below) will learn and how that will further their professional qualifications. Describe the specific knowledge and skills that students will acquire. Reference any other UVA program(s) that are active in this space/discipline, and consultation undertaken with those programs in the preparation of the proposed certificate. If applicable, specify if the certificate leads to the meeting of the requirements of a government agency or licensing board – fully or partially. For example, a proposed certificate may provide the required coursework to sit for the examination for national certification, but not require the practicum experience to sit for the examination. Note: if there are additional contacts beyond the primary contact who will be engaged in this proposal, please provide their names and contact information at the end of this document.
Describe specifically who the school intends to target for enrollment in the program. For example, the target audience for this certificate is professionals who work in a clinical setting seeking to advance their knowledge and skills to satisfy the course requirements for national certification; the target audience for this certificate is individuals who want to transition into the accounting profession, as well as mid-level accounting professionals seeking to advance their career.
SIGNIFICANT DEPARTURE FROM EXISTING PROGRAMS:
Is the proposed certificate in a new field or discipline in which your school does not currently offer any related credentials (degree/certificate). For example, if the proposed degree will require the hiring of several new faculty to provide subject matter expertise, it may represent a significant departure.
PERCENT OF NEW COURSES:
This question pertains only to the core required courses that all students in the proposed certificate will be taking. For example, for a 15 credit-hour certificate comprised of five required courses, the percent of the courses that are new.
Indicate whether the school plans to hire new faculty to teach the core required courses for the proposed certificate. In addition, indicate the location(s) of existing faculty that you anticipate will teach the core required courses of the proposed certificate. For example, will all existing faculty teaching the core courses come from the sponsoring school?
REQUIRES NEW RESOURCES:
Indicate whether the new certificate will require new library acquisitions/ subscriptions; and/or any other new learning resources, such as instructional/research software. (select all that apply)
REQUIRES NEW EQUIPMENT OR SPACE:
Indicate whether the new certificate will require new equipment or physical space beyond the school’s current resources.
Indicate the delivery format(s) in which students will be able to complete the proposed certificate (select all that apply):
- If a student will be able to complete the entire certificate (i.e. the total credit hours required for the degree) in a traditional, Face to Face format with no online coursework, select ‘100% Face to Face.’
- If a student will be able to complete the entire certificate online, with no face-to-face coursework, select ‘100% Online.’
- If a student will be required or able to complete the certificate via a combination of Face to Face and Online courses, indicate ‘Hybrid.’
PROPOSED PROGRAM LOCATION:
Indicate where the proposed certificate is going to be held (select all that apply):
- If the certificate will be offered at the main campus in Charlottesville, select that entry.
- If the certificate will be offered at an approved UVA off-grounds location, select ‘Approved UVA Off Campus site.’
- If you intend to offer the certificate at an off-grounds location that is not currently an approved site, select ‘New UVA Off-Campus Site (To Be Approved).’ Note: off-campus instructional sites must be approved by SACSCOC and SCHEV.
- If the certificate will be offered 100% online, i.e. students will be able to complete the entire program remotely, select ‘100% online.’
CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT OR CONSORTIUM:
Indicate whether the new certificate or any of its constituent courses will be delivered through a contractual agreement with another University or other party.
INTERNSHIP OR PRACTICUM REQUIREMENT:
Indicate whether the proposed certificate will require students to complete a for-credit internship, practicum, or clinical experience.
LEADS TO PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE:
Indicate whether the proposed certificate will formally or potentially lead to professional licensure or certification (i.e. the core courses may or definitely will meet the coursework and/or practicum requirements for a professional license/certification in Virginia or other US states).
DATE OF SCHOOL CURRICULUM COMMITTEE APPROVAL:
Indicate the date on which the proposed certificate was or will be reviewed and approved by the internal curriculum committee of the proposing school. If the committee meeting schedule is not yet known at the time of submission, indicate 09/01/YY if you anticipate review in the coming Fall semester, and 02/01/YY if you anticipate review in the coming Spring.
DATE OF DEAN APPROVAL:
Indicate the actual or anticipated date on which the proposed degree was or will be reviewed and approved by the dean of the proposing school.