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Kinds of Degrees and Certificates

 
 

UHCCP #5.203 Program Credentials: Degrees and Certificates (PDF)


Associate in Arts (AA) degree

A general and pre-professional education degree, consisting of at least 60 baccalaureate-level semester credits, which provides students with skills and competencies essential for successful completion of a baccalaureate degree. The issuance of an AA degree requires that the student's work has been evaluated and stated outcomes have been met. The issuance of an AA degree requires that the student must earn cumulative 2.0 GPR or better for all courses used to meet the degree requirements. AA degrees may be offered in areas of study (e.g., Liberal Arts, Hawaiian Studies, Teaching). Degree Approval: BOR.


Associate in Science (AS) degree

A degree designed to prepare students for employment in career and technical fields, and/or transfer to a baccalaureate granting institution in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics or other articulated baccalaureate-level programs of study. The AS degree consists of at least 60 semester credits, which provides students with either skills and competencies for gainful employment, or with courses in the arts and sciences or career and technical education that will prepare students for entry into an articulated baccalaureate program of study. All courses applicable for the AS degree will be at the baccalaureate level. The issuance of an AS degree requires that the student's work has been evaluated and stated outcomes have been met. The issuance of an AS degree requires that the student must earn cumulative 2.0 GPR or better for all courses used to meet degree requirements. Degree Approval: BOR.


Certificate of Achievement (CA)

A college credential for students who have successfully completed designated medium-term career and technical education credit course sequences which provide them with entry level skills or job upgrading. These course sequences shall be at least 24 credit hours, but may not exceed 51 credit hours (unless external employment requirements exceed this number). Appropriate to the CTE program, the CA may include General Education courses that meet industry requirements. The issuance of a CA requires that the student's work has been evaluated and stated outcomes have been met. The issuance of a CA requires that the student must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPR or better for all courses required in the certificate. CA Approval: BOR for all CA in instructional programs where the BOR has not approved an associate degree or where the required CA courses require significant resources. The Chancellor may approve CA consisting of courses within an existing Board approved associate degree.


Certificate of Completion (CC)

A college credential for students who have successfully completed designated short term technical-occupational-professional education credit course sequences which provide them with entry level skills, or job upgrading. These course sequences shall be at least 10 credit hours, but may not exceed 23 credit hours. The issuance of a Certificate of Completion requires that the student must earn a GPA of 2.0 or better for all courses required in the certificate. Degree Approval: Chancellor


Academic Subject Certificate (ASC)

A supplemental college credential for students enrolled in an AA program or unclassified students already holding an Associate, Bachelor, or Graduate level credential and who have successfully completed a focused, specific sequence of credit courses from the AA curriculum. The sequence must fit within the structure of the AA degree, may not extend the credits required for the AA degree, and shall be at least 12 credit hours. Exceptions involve new program development and are subject to the requirements of University Systemwide E5.201. The issuance of an ASC requires that the student's work has been evaluated and stated outcomes have been met. The issuance of the ASC requires that the student must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPR or better for all courses required in the certificate. Students enrolled solely for the purpose of obtaining an ASC will be identified as unclassified for admission and enrollment purposes. Certificate Approval: Chancellor.


Certificate of Competence (CO)

A college credential for students who have successfully completed a sequence of career-technical education courses within a BOR-approved CTE program that has been identified as fulfilling an employable set of skills recognized by Business and Industry. CO may be awarded for successful completion of a sequence of non- credit CTE instruction. The issuance of a CO requires that the student's work has been evaluated and stated outcomes have been met. The issuance of a CO requires that the student's work meets or exceeds competencies necessary for employment (e.g., a sequence of courses resulting in a student's competence to be employed as an automotive "brake technician" or "air conditioning technician"). Credit course sequences shall be at least four and less than 24 credit hours and may include General Education courses appropriate to industry requirements. Non-credit course sequences shall be equivalent in instructional time as described in UHCCP #5.228 Credit Hour. In a credit course sequence the student must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPR or better for all courses required in the certificate. In non-credit course sequence, the student's work must be evaluated to be equivalent to a 2.0 GPR or better. Certificate Approval: Chancellor.


Certificate of Professional Development (CPD)

Non-credit career technical education courses that provide students with industry-specific job upgrading or entry-level skills. The issuance of a CPD requires that the students' work has been evaluated and stated outcomes have been met. The amount of training shall comply with the UH and UHCC policies on the definition of Credit Hour to be less than four (4) credit hours. Certificate Approval: Chancellor.


Certificate of Participation (CP)

A document issued to students who have participated in non-credit courses or activities which do not meet the requirements for other certificates or degrees. This certificate does not reflect academic performance and no performance evaluation is implied by its issuance. Certificate Approval: Chancellor/Dean/Director.


Notes

Certificate Completion was phased out in the 2013-2014 Academic Year.

 

 

page last updated: April 28, 2014

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