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Handbook of Operating Procedures
Chapter 2 - Faculty and Academics
Previous Publication Date: October 6, 2014
Publication Date: August 10, 2021
Policy Reviewed Date:July 22, 2021
Policy Owner: VP for Academic Affairs

2.30 Extended Education and the Awarding of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at UTSA


The role of the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is to work in partnership with the academic and non-academic departments to serve the region's adult, professional and executive continuing education needs through a strategic array of programs that match the University's unique academic resources and capabilities with the most relevant educational needs among the targeted segments of the community.


This policy provides for institutional oversight over continuing education activities conducted by UTSA Faculty members and departments at UTSA and issuance of UTSA CEUs.


This policy will apply to all programs with UTSA-led continuing education offerings.



UTSA or UT System Policies or the Board of Regents' Rules and Regulations

  1. University of Texas System (UT System) Board of Regents' Rule 40401, Assessment, Collection, Delegation, and Waiver of Tuition and Fees
  2. UT System Board of Regents' Rule 40403, Fees for Continuing Education Courses

Other Policies & Standards

  1. Texas Education Code Section 54.545, Fees for Continuing Education Courses


If you have any questions about HOP policy 2.30, Extended Education and the Awarding of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at UTSA, please contact the following office:

Office of Professional and Continuing Education


Continuing Education Unit (CEU):  Defined as "ten contact hours of participation in an organized non-credit continuing education adult or extension experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction."

Professional and Continuing Education Committee:  An advisory body appointed by the president of the University and shall be called the Professional and Continuing Education Committee. The committee shall consist of ten members (including the chairperson) representing the eight colleges, Institute for Economic Development and the Institute of Texan Cultures. The Director of Professional and Continuing Education will serve as an ex officio member of the committee.


  1. Director of Professional and Continuing  Education
    1. Oversees and administers the Office of Professional and Continuing Education.
    2. Reports to the vice president for community services (VPCS).
  2. PACE performs a university-wide coordinating role include the following:
    1. Approves all noncredit extended education offerings as defined herein.
    2. Establishes and administers guidelines for the initiation and implementation of the Extended Studies Program (ESP), all non-credit education offerings, calculation of costs, reservation of facilities and communication of proposals to prospective participants.
    3. Awards, if appropriate, all continuing education units (CEUs). VPCS will have sole signature authority to award CEUs.
    4. Develops, in conjunction with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and consistent with institutional policy and the Rules and Regulations of the UT System Board of Regents, compensation rates for instructors and fee schedules for program participants.
    5. Coordinates faculty participation in extended education offerings with the appropriate dean.
    6. Maintains records for each extended education program offered that shows revenues, expenses, attendance, description of program and name(s) of instructor(s).
    7. Evaluates all programs and offers recommendations.
    8. Develops guidelines for distribution of available income from extended education offerings among academic and non-academic departments and PACE. The income distribution is based upon the level of administrative support provided by PACE.
    9. Prepares an annual operating budget, and annual financial report on the status of extended education at UTSA.
    10. Maintains and distributes a list of extended education offerings.
  3. Relationship of PACE to the Academic Departments
    1. Assesses strengths upon which programming can be based.
    2. Assists in the identification of marketplace needs appropriate for program development.
    3. Markets programs.
    4. Arranges for facilities and logistical support.
  4. Professional and Continuing Education Committee
    1. Advises the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, with respect to priorities, needs, and operating policy of the University's extended education program.


      1. Awarding of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at UTSA
        In response to the increasing interest nationwide for the identification and recognition of continuing education efforts of students in noncredit university activities, the CEU has been developed as a means of recording and accounting for noncredit courses, programs, and activities. The CEU is defined as "ten contact hours of participation in an organized non-credit continuing education adult or extension experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction."

        At UTSA, CEUs will be awarded to individuals for instructional activities that meet the above definition and the following criteria:
        1. The non-credit activity is planned in response to an assessment of educational need for a specific target population.
        2. There is a statement of objectives and rationale.
        3. Content is selected and is organized in a sequential manner.
        4. There is evidence of preplanning that should include opportunity for input by a representative of the target group to be served and the faculty area having content expertise.
        5. There is a provision for registration for individual participants for provision of data for institutional reporting.
        6. Appropriate evaluation procedures are utilized and criteria are established for awarding CEUs to individual students prior to the beginning of the activity.
      2. Approval Process of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at UTSA
        PACE will receive and review all CEU requests. PACE may be required to forward CEU requests to an appropriate academic department for an academic integrity review. Therefore, ample time must be given to ensure these processes are accomplished. No fees will be assessed for internal UTSA CEU offerings. However, a fee will be assessed to outside organizations requesting UTSA CEU’s. When requesting CEU’s from UTSA, the following items are required (incomplete CEU requests will delay the approval process):
        1. A detailed program/agenda of the conference/seminar/workshop
        2. Program objectives for each presentation
        3. Start and end times of each presentation
        4. Resumes/Curricula Vitae/Mini-Bio for each presenter
        5. Lesson plan or outline for each presentation, if possible
        6. How participants will be evaluated after each presentation

      The issuance of CEU's by UTSA will fulfill several important needs, including (1) providing a record to individual on non-credit continuing education courses, programs, and activities in which they have participated; (2) providing a record of faculty and staff participation in non-credit educational activities; and (3) serving as a measurement of resource utilization, such as space and equipment, for non-credit activities. The awarding of CEU’s and the record keeping associated with such units will be carried out by PACE.




      UTSA Extended Education (EE) CEU Approval Procedures and Application (pdf)



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