Division of Continuing Education and Nontraditional Degree Programs

Dean : Dr. Cecilia Bowie

Assistant Dean :Ms. Nelly Maynard
The Division of Continuing Education and
Nontraditional Degree Programs has a long
and distinguished track record of meeting
growing demands for high quality, innovative,
flexible educational opportunities
through its five delivery units:

Nontraditional Degree Programs:

  • Board of Governors (BOG)
  • University Without Walls (UWW)
  • Individualized Curriculum Program (ICP)
  • Continuing Education and Extension Services
  • Contract Training and Professional Development
  • Community Education (Options)
  • Summer Session and Special Programs

In response to the challenge of ensuring greater accessibility learning opportunities to adults and youth of all ages, the Division provides a variety of credit and non-credit courses and programs. The Division offers advanced training for new technologies in the workplace as well as excellent programs for personal enrichment and new skills development for a changing society.

Nontraditional Degree Programs

In this era of rapid knowledge and technological gains, individuals seeking to improve their educational circumstances often enter Chicago State University (CSU) with relevant lifelong learning and work experiences and expectations of educational flexibility . The Nontraditional Degree Programs embraces many of these experiences by offering students an alternative to the traditional four-year

degree program. In response to this growing

population, CSU offers three Nontraditional

Degree Programs: Board of Governors (BOG), University Without Walls (UWW) and Individualized Curriculum Program (ICP).

Course Offerings

The following Continuing Education courses are designed to satisfy the training needs of local community organizations, government agencies, school districts, or private businesses. Although they will provide graduate or undergraduate credit and will satisfy all the instructional standards of Chicago State University (including contact hour requirements, grading of students, and proper qualification of instructors), these courses are intended to serve the training needs of client organizations; these courses cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of degree programs at Chicago State University or state teacher certification requirements.

3010/301 CONTINUING EDUCATION WORKSHOPS WITH SPECIAL TOPICS (1 - 6)

Workshops on special topics of interest to professionals in various occupations. Because of the varying nature of its content this course is not intended to satisfy the degree requirements or certification requirements of any academic program at Chicago State University. The course may be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

3100/310 CONTINUING EDUCATION TOPICS IN THE HEALTH SERVICES (1 - 6)

Special topics of interest to professionals in health services related occupations. Because of the varying nature of its content this course is not intended to satisfy the degree requirements or certification requirements of any academic program at Chicago State University. The course may be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

3110/311 CONTINUING EDUCATION TOPICS IN THE SOCIAL SERVICES (1 - 6) 

Special topics of interest to professionals in social services related occupations. Because of the varying nature of its content this course is not intended to satisfy the degree requirements or certification requirements of any academic program at Chicago State University. The course may be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

3130/313 CONTINUING EDUCATION TOPICS FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS (1 - 6)

Special topics of interest to professionals in business related occupations. Because of the varying nature of its content this course is not intended to satisfy the degree requirements or certification requirements of any academic program at Chicago State University. The course may be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

3140/314 CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR TEACHERS (1 - 6)

Special topics of interest to professionals in teaching and teaching related occupations. Because of the varying nature of its content this course is not intended to satisfy the degree requirements or certification requirements of any academic program at Chicago State University. The course may be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

3150/315 CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR MATHEMATICS TEACHERS. (1 - 6)

Special topics of interest to educators related to the teaching of mathematics. Because of the varying nature of its content this course is not intended to satisfy the degree requirements or certification requirements of any academic program at Chicago State University.

The course may be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

3160/316 CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS (1 - 6)

Special topics of interest to educators related to the teaching of science Because of the varying nature of its content this course is not intended to satisfy the degree requirements or certification requirements of any academic program at Chicago State University. The course may be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

3170/317 CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS (1 - 6)

Special topics of interest to professionals in child care related occupations. Because of the varying nature of its content this course is not intended to satisfy the degree requirements or certification requirements of any academic program at Chicago State University. The course may be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

Board of Governors Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree Program

Chicago State University, in cooperation with four (4) other public universities formerly known as the Board of Governors Universities (Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University ) offers a Bachelor of Arts degree designed to meet the educational needs of adult students who are looking for a unique opportunity to design a curricula that fits future goals toward career, community development, philanthropic and entrepreneurial goals. Mature adults are encouraged to apply for admission into the BOG program because of its ability to effectively serve adult student career objectives and personal educational goals.

Students accepted into the program enroll in regular college courses. As with all degree programs at CSU, admission to such courses is subject to availability, course prerequisites, class space and enrollment.

The BOG Program is not an appropriate program for licensure in a professional field such as teaching or health services. Persons desiring such credentials should apply for admission to the appropriate department or college within the university.

Students who are interested in the BOG Program must be 25 years of age or older. The program director can be contacted for further information.

Application Procedures

Attendance at a prospective students’ meeting is required for all new students in order to receive program guidelines and university admission requirements. Students are also required to submit the following materials to the BOG/BA Program office:

  1. An Undergraduate Application to Chicago State University.This application is required for all new incoming students, currently enrolled students or students who have previously attended this university.
  2. A completed personal Student Data Form.
  3. Students currently enrolled or previously enrolled in Chicago State University must submit a Program Identification Codes Formsigned by the student and the previous departmental advisor.
  4. Students NOT previously admitted to Chicago State University must submit official transcriptsfrom all other colleges and universities attended. Those with less than 24 semester hours of college credit must also submit a high school transcript or its equivalent.
  5. Once a student’s file is completed, a decision will be made on the application by the BOG Director or Associate Director in consultation with the Dean of Continuing Education.

Students will be notified of the admission decision to the BOG/BA program through a letter issued from either the Office of Admissions for students new to the university, or the Office of Nontraditional Degree Programs for those students changing their CSU major.

Please note that these materials/documents must be submitted by the following deadlines:

Fall Admission July 15

Spring Admission November 14

Summer Admission April 15

Admission Requirements

Freshmen and transfer freshmen (students with less than 24 credit hours from and accredited university or college) must have earned a high school diploma recognized by the State of Illinois or its equivalent and be 25 years of age. No freshman student will be admitted with a high school GPA of below 2.0.

To ensure the maintenance of a quality degree program, no transfer student will be admitted to any program at Chicago State University with a cumulative GPA of below 2.0 for all post secondary coursework completed before applying to Chicago State University. The Director of the program has the responsibility for certifying that students meet the requirements for admission to the program and candidacy for the degree as established by the Advisory Committee for the BOG Program. Further, the director holds responsibility for certifying that students have successfully completed all coursework necessary for receipt of the degree. In accordance with the Council on Adult Experiential Learning’s prescripts, the Director of the Board of Governors Bachelor of Arts Degree Program may refuse admission to any prospective student who in his or her judgment is unsuited for the program by reason of “inability to benefit” from the academic experience; lack of appropriate prior learning experiences or poor academic record. Please note, students with accredited baccalaureate degrees are excluded from the BOG Program.

Fees

Students in the BOG Program are required to pay all regular and special fees as established by the university. Students who request an assessment of prior learningexperiences must pay a special fee. This fee is charged each time a student requests any subsequent assessment of work not included in the initial appraisal. The initial fee for the appraisal of prior learning credit is subject to change without notification. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of such fee changes. Please, contact the BOG office for fee changes at 773-995-2018 or 773-821-2870. Also, please refer to our website at www.csu.edu/ContinuingEducation/bogovernors.htm.

Academic Transfer Credit

Students entering the program with an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree from a regionally accredited college will be considered to have completed the program’s 36 credit hours of general education requirements in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics. Students who have college credits with grades of A, B, C, Pass or Credit from accredited community or senior college(s) in either transfer or occupationally oriented courses will have those credits evaluated for transfer on the basis of the students’ academic and occupational goals. No grades of D will be accepted in transfer. Chicago State University will accept a maximum of eighty (80) credit hours in transfer from a two-year institution.

Prior Learning Experience

Students seeking an assessment of prior learning experiences for credit must submit a detailed portfolio to the program director and pay a special fee. Detailed instructions for the preparation of the portfolio are presented at a portfolio development workshop which all students planning to submit such materials are required to attend.

Portfolio Development Workshop for BOG Students

The requirements for submission of the BOG Portfolio includes the successful passing of the university’s English proficiency examination(s) and/or the successful passing of the university’s English Composition credit courses 1 and 2.

Workshops are generally given at least once each term. The program director requests the assistance of faculty members in assessing a student’s prior learningfor translation into credits. After a thorough academic review of the portfolio, which may include, where appropriate, interviews and written reports, the faculty member or other evaluators recommend to the program director the hours and level of credit to be given forprior learning. The program director, in consultation with an advisory or review committee which has been established for the program, examines the credit recommendation by an evaluator and may recommend that the amount of credit be accepted or reduced.

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Dean of Continuing Education and Nontraditional Degree Programs must give final approval to the recommendation for credit for prior learning experiences.

Credit by Examination

Students may earn credit by examination through the following programs: College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement Program (AP), Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), College Level General Education Development Test, and college level credits earned through the United States Armed Forces Institute. The standards for these examinations at the university where the student applies for admission will be utilized to determine passing scores and credits awarded. 

Credit by America Council on Education (ACE)

Effective with Fall 2000, Chicago State University will award college credit to students admitted to the BOG Program based on the ACE Credit recommendation’s National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. This credit is subject to the general policies governing transfer credits and departmental policies.

The Nontraditional Degree Plan

Students who enter the BOG Program with less than 45 credit hours are required to complete a “degree plan”. This document represents the learning partnership between the student and CSU and requires personal responsibility for fulfilling the academic requirements of the university and the BOG Program. This degree plan is initiated in the BOGO course 1500/150 and is completed in the Board of Governors Capstone Seminar (BOG 3000/300).

Additionally, the plan helps chart career paths by identifying and organizing academic goals (i.e., critical thinking, application, communication and research skills) and competencies achieved through a variety of work and lifelong learning.

Special Academic Courses for Nontraditional Degree Program Students

Program components include the Board of Governors Orientation course (BOGO 1500/150) and the Board of Governors Capstone Seminar (BOGCS Alpha Sigma Lambda. 3000/300).

Scholarship is emphasized in the program by giving special recognition to those students who achieve excellence in their academic work and have satisfied the university general graduation requirements. In addition, students who complete 12 or more credit hours per semester with a GPA of 3.50 or better, will receive a letter of recognition and achievement from the Dean of Continuing Education and Nontraditional Degree Programs.

University Honors

Students who meet all University graduation requirements, maintain a cumulative grade point average at Chicago State University of 3.5 or better for all courses taken at Chicago State University applied toward the bachelor’s degree, and who are continuously enrolled for 12 hours or more per semester are given special recognition on their diplomas and in their academic records, and are identified in the commencement program.

The honors categories are as follows:

Cum Laude 3.50 to 3.79

Magna Cum Laude 3.80 to 3.94

Summa Cum Laude 3.95 to 4.00

Note: Only students who are enrolled full time (12 or more credit hours per semester) and have met all of CSU’s General Requirements as described under the Academic Information Section in this catalog are eligible for the University’s Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude honors.

Students with a GPA of 3.25 to 4.00 and a minimum of 30 credit hours at Chicago State University are eligible for Alpha Sigma Lambda,a Nontraditional National Honor Society

Graduation

Students must apply for graduation to the BOG Program Director and submit the application for graduation to the Office of Academic Evaluation and Advisement prior to the published deadline date for the term requested. All applicants for graduation are required to pay a graduation fee. Students are required to satisfy the requirements as specified by the Board of Governors Degree Program. Regulations other than those appearing in this section are available in the Office of the Program Director. New or additional regulations may be distributed and/or posted on bulletin boards throughout the campus. While all possible efforts are made to insure that students become aware of such regulations, final responsibility rests with the individual student.

Please refer to CSU’s Division of Continuing Education’s website ( www.csu.edu/ContinuingEducation/bogovernors.htm) for additional graduation Information.

Program Requirements

General Requirements for the Board of Governors Bachelor of Arts Degree:

  • Formal admission into the BOG Degree Program.

Prospective students are required to attend an Orientation Meeting for BOG Students. Please refer to website and/or contact Nontraditional Degree Program Office for dates.

  • Official notification by the Office of Admissions of acceptance as a candidate in the Board of Governors degree program.
  • Effective Spring 2002 for all entering and returning students, all grades earned at CSU only will be calculated in computing the student grade point average.
  • All credits earned with grades of A, B, C, Pass, or Credit are accepted toward the degree, if applicable. No grades of D are accepted in transfer.
  • Effective Fall 2007 for all new entering and returning students no graduation credit is given for a grade Of ”D.”.
  • Residency requirement of 24 semester hours of coursework successfully completed at CSU.
  • Minimum grade point average at graduation of C (2.00).
  • Successful completion of university examinations in English, and reading, and federal, state and other examinations as required. Math placement examinations are necessary for students who wish to take courses for which passing the math 0900/099 examination is a prerequisite.
  • Completion of 120 semester hours of work: 36 hours in general education consisting of 6 hours in English composition, 3 hours general education math, 3 hours in a technology course, 6 hours in the humanities (three of which must be in Fine Arts), 6 hours in natural sciences (must include one lab course) and 9 hours in social sciences (must be at least two disciplines; 40 hours of the 120 semester hours must be upper division credit (courses numbered 3000 or above); 84 hours in electives selected in consultation with the program director or the departmental academic advisor.
  • Students must choose a degree plan focus and complete a minimum of 30 upper division credit hours (courses numbered 3000 or 4000) in their option. At least 12 credit hours of the 30 must be at the 4000 level.

Curriculum Requirements for the Board of Governors Bachelor of Arts Degree:

Please note that the Foreign Language Requirement does not apply to the Nontraditional Degree Programs at this time.

English Composition – six semester hours consisting of ENG 1230/123 or 1270 /127 and ENG 1280/128

Note: Placement in English composition courses are done by examination.

  1. Freshmen and other students with no college credit in composition take the diagnostic examination for placement in English 1230/123 or English 1270/127. Students who demonstrate competencies for 1270/127 must register for that course; those who do not must register for 1230/123.
  2. Transfer students with three semester hours of composition credit from another institution take the English Qualifying Examination, which is the same as the English 1270/127 exit examination. If they pass, their three credit hours in composition are accepted as transfer credit and they enroll in English 1280/128; if they do not pass, they must register for English 1230/123.
  3. Transfer students with six semester hours of composition credit from another institution must pass the English Qualifying Examination in order to apply the transfer credit hours toward graduation requirements at Chicago State University. Those who do not pass the examination must register for English 1240/124.

Mathematics Qualifying Examination

Degree seeking undergraduate students may not register for any mathematics or computer science courses until they have passed the mathematics qualifying examination or the appropriate academic skills mathematics course(s). This is a computerized examination which will place students into MATH 099 level one or two or will certify that students need no developmental math. Students in need of more support in mathematics may be placed in MATH 0880/088.

Effective January 1, 2005

Transfer students who transfer in one or two general education math courses with a C or better and whose majors do not require additional math courses do not have to take the placement examinations in mathematics.

STUDENTS MUST MEET WITH ADVISORS TO DETERMINE IF THEY ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS IN MATH. Regardless of major, any student who wishes to enroll in a course or courses for which passing the Math 0990 level of the diagnostic math examination is required as a prerequisite must take the examination and enroll in Math 0880/088 or 0990/099 level one or two as advised based on the mathematics examination results.

Core:

3 semester hours speech/communication

3 semester hours of a technology course connected to concentration

6 semester hours of English Composition

3 semester hours of mathematics

Humanities:

6 semester hours of electives to be selected from the following disciplines: art, English, modern languages, music, philosophy, speech. At least 3 hours must be in fine arts.

Social Sciences:

9 semester hours of electives to be selected from the following disciplines: anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology. Must included at least two disciplines

Natural Sciences-Mathematics:

6 semester hours of electives to be selected from the following disciplines: biological sciences, physical sciences. Must include one lab.

Electives:

Eighty-four semester hours of electives (44 lower division level and 40 upper division level courses ( courses numbered 3000 or above) to be selected from the areas of concentration in consultation with the program director or the departmental academic advisor.

Board of Governors (BOG) Course Offerings

1500/150 BOARD OF GOVERNORS ORIENTATION (3)

An introductory course designed to connect all Board of Governors students to the university and the BOG program. Practice in critical thinking, oral and written communication, research and college level work with a review of study skills. Emphasis will be on the development of the Degree Plan.

2500/250 CREATING BOG PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT PORTFOLIO (3)

Prerequisite:Students must have access to the Internet, an e-mail address, and have BOG program approval.

Methods of developing a coherent, persuasive, presentation of college-level learning in a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio. Through intensive writing and research activities, the student will be able to prepare a PLA that can be assessed by faculty and/or content experts for possible university/college credit. 

4500 BOARD OF GOVERNORS CAPSTONE SEMINAR (3)

Prerequisite:Successful completion of BOGO 150 and successful completion of the qualifying exams.

The final course prepares students for completion of the degree plan. Also helps students make connections between academe and the world of work. Demonstration of academic learning and outcomes related to critical thinking, communication, research, assessment and evaluation.

Individualized Curriculum B.A. /B.S.

The Individualized Curriculum Program (ICP) was developed for mature, well motivated students 18 years or older who wish to depart from traditional patterns of formal education by planning their own academic programs. Students develop, with the assistance of faculty academic advisors and the program director, curricula which are consistent with their individual lives and career goals. The essential principle underlying the program is the placing of considerably more responsibility for choice of course selection and sequence and for self-determination upon the student.

Students must present to the director of the program a written curriculum proposal and a statement explaining it in general, and describing the courses requested, including any plans for a concentration or focus area. In consultation with the student, the program director will appoint an academic advisor for the student. After a mutual understanding has been reached, the proposal will be approved and signed by the director, academic advisor and the student, with a copy placed in the student’s file in the Office of the Registrar.

A proposal will be accepted only if it follows logically from the statement of explanation offered for the individualized curriculum. All submitted proposals are linked to Chicago State University’s existing curricula. Within the Individualized Curriculum Program, a concentration of study refers to a focused in depth study of an approved discipline or disciplines, of a theme or problem pursued from an interdisciplinary perspective, or of academic subjects which will prepare the student for a particular profession or vocation.

Students may pursue a single discipline available in a departmental major only if they wish to work in greater depth than the departmental major would normally allow. Students may not develop an abbreviated disciplinary major unless their interests are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary. The Individualized Curriculum Program is not an appropriate program for licensure in a professional field such as teaching or health services. Person desiring such credentials should apply for admission to the appropriate department or college within the university.

Application Procedures

A student may apply for admission to the Individualized Curriculum Program (ICP) with a minimum of 24 credit hours from an accredited university or college. No grades of D are accepted in transfer. It is recommended that the student notifies the Director of Nontraditional Degree Programs at the time of application. Students who wish to transfer to the Individualized Curriculum Program (ICP) must have a minimum CSU cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and, as previously noted, Applicants to the program must follow these procedures:

  • Obtain a copy of The Individualized Curriculum Program: An Undergraduate Degree Program,a contract proposal form, and the Program Identification Codesform.
  • Make an appointment for a counseling session.
  • Complete the statement of objectives and curriculum plan.
  • Gain approval for the course of study from the faculty advisor.
  • Obtain final program approval by the Director and Dean of the program.

Department Honors

Scholarship is emphasized in the program by giving special recognition to those students who achieve excellence in their academic work and have satisfied the general graduation requirements. In addition, students who complete 12 or more credit hours per semester, with a GPA of 3.50 or better, will receive a letter of recognition and achievement from the Dean of Continuing Education and Nontraditional Programs.

University Honors

Students who meet all University graduation requirements, and maintain a cumulative grade point average at Chicago State University of 3.5 or better for all courses taken at Chicago State University applied toward the bachelor’s degree are given special recognition on their diplomas and in their academic records, and are identified in the commencement program. The honors categories are as follows:

Cum Laude 3.50 to 3.79

Magna Cum Laude 3.80 to 3.94

Summa Cum Laude 3.95 to 4.00

Note: Only students who are enrolled full time (12 or more credit hours per semester) and have met all of CSU’s General Requirements as described under the Academic Information Section in this catalog are eligible for the University’s Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude honors. Students in the program will be eligible for graduation upon the successful completion of the following requirements*:

*All students whose initial enrollment at Chicago State University commenced with the Fall Semester 1997 must complete the following general education requirements.

  • Completion of 120 semester hours of work: 36 hours in general education consisting of 6 hours in English composition, 3 hours in Speech Communication, 3 hours in a technology course related to concentration, 3 hours general education math, 6 hours in the humanities (three of which must be in Fine Arts), 6 hours in natural sciences (must include one lab course) and 9 hours in social sciences (must be at least two disciplines; 40 hours of the 120 semester hours must be upper division credit (courses numbered 3000 or above); 84 hours in electives selected in consultation with the program director or the departmental academic advisor.
  • Students must choose a degree plan focus and complete a minimum of 30 upper division credit hours (courses numbered 3000 or 4000) in their option. At least 12 credit hours of the 30 must be at the 4000 level.
  • A minimum of 30 hours as a student within the program.
  • Successful completion of university examinations in English and reading, federal, state and other examinations as required. Math placement examinations are necessary for students who wish to take courses for which passing the math 0990/099 examination is a prerequisite.
  • Passing the examination on the state and federal constitutions.
  • Payment of the graduation fee.

The degree to be awarded, whether a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS), will be determined at the time of the evaluation of credits for graduation. The Director and Dean will make this determination in consultation with the registrar.