The University of Memphis

Non-Credit Activities


Issued: September 15, 2003
Responsible Executive Officer: Provost
Responsible Office: Vice Provost for Extended Programs

Policy Statement


The Division of Continuing Education may sponsor or co-sponsor any non-credit activity that has been approved by the vice provost for extended programs or designee. Academic departments and other University departments may also sponsor or co-sponsor activities approved by dean of their college or other division head.

All registrations and revenues from conferences, seminars, workshops, institutes, or other similar non-credit activities must be processed through the Continuing Education Registration Unit or through the Bursar's Office.

The Division of Continuing Education is the sole administrative unit authorized to approve, administer and issue Continuing Education Units (CEU's).  Any CEU awarded to participants in a non-credit activity must be approved prior to the activity and issued by the Division of Continuing Education.

Appropriate charges will be made for registration and other services provided by the Division of Continuing Education.

All academic departments and administrative divisions will submit to the vice provost for extended programs a summary of all non-credit activities sponsored or cosponsored by The University of Memphis in the previous fiscal year prior to August 1.


 To ensure accountability for accurate record keeping, assignment of contact hours and compliance with C.E.U. and certificate guidelines, and compliance with procedures established by campus auditor for safe and accurate cash handling and receipting for non-credit activities sponsored by The University of Memphis.


CEUA CEU is defind as ten contact hours of particiption in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.


A general type of meeting usually of one or more consecutive days' duration, attended by a fairly large number of people.  A conference will have a central theme but is often loosely structured to cover a wide range of  topics.  The emphasis is on prepared presentations by authoritative speakers, although division into small group sessions for discussion purposes is often a related activity.

InstituteGenerally similar to a conference, but more tightly structured to provide a more systematic development of its theme, with the emphasis more on providing instruction in principles and techniques than on general information.  Participants are usually individuals who already have some competence in the field of interest.  Institute programs may have certain continuity, meeting on a yearly basis, for example.

SeminarA small grouping of people with the primary emphasis on discussion under a leader or resource person or persons.  In continuing higher education, a seminar is more likely to be a one-time offering, although it may continue for several days.

Short Course

 A sequential offering, as a rule under a single instructor, meeting on a regular basis for a stipulated number of class sessions over a short period of time (e.g., two to ten weeks).  Quizzes and examinations may be given, depending upon the determination of requirements.


Usually meets for a continual period of time over one or more days.  The distinguishing feature of the workshop is that it combines instructions with laboratory of experimental activity for the participants. The emphasis is more likely to be on skill training than on general principles.


 Persons planning to sponsor a non-credit activity will complete a Request for  Non-Credit Activity form and requested attachments and submit the form [] to the director of continuing education.  The director will approve or disapprove and return the form to the initiating party.

Related Forms

Request for Non-Credit Activity



Continuing Education home page




Revision Dates

 UM1284 - Issued: September 15, 2003 - supercedes policy number 1:2B:07:01, 2B:07:01A, 2B:07:01B and 2B:07:03A

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