Other Programs and Courses
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a
broad range of credit courses to help adult learners meet their educational
objectives. These courses, some listed elsewhere in this Record under
the appropriate schools and others developed by the School of Continuing and
Professional Studies, carry the same credit as similar courses taught on-Grounds.
The schools regional centers distribute class schedules before the beginning
of the fall, spring, and summer sessions that list the courses being taught
in their areas, the class locations, and times. Most credit courses meet in
the evening or on weekends. Course offerings are primarily at the graduate level.
Within the limits prescribed by the residential faculty of the University and
stated in the policies of each academic school and the School of Continuing
and Professional Studies, qualified persons may apply credit courses taken at
regional centers toward degree requirements.
Many students transfer course credits earned through the School
of Continuing and Professional Studies to programs at other colleges and universities.
Students also use credit courses for renewal of teaching licenses and other
professional certificates. Students should consult their school superintendent
and the Virginia Department of Education or other certifying bodies for licensure
Noncredit programs are designed for individuals who want substantive
intellectual activities but who do not need additional credit or degree study.
Such programs often explore complex issues in formats that best suit each offerings
distinctive educational agenda.
The flexibility of noncredit programming also permits faculty
from different disciplines to share their insights on subjects in a way that
would not be possible in a traditional class format.
Noncredit programming fosters collaboration between University
of Virginia faculty and renowned scholars from other institutions; political,
cultural, and business leaders; and noted artists and authors. Program developers
work closely with other University faculty and frequently with representatives
of the client audience in designing these programs to ensure that the University
extends its teaching and research resources productively to the citizens of
the Commonwealth and the nation.
Organizational representatives and individuals are encouraged
to discuss their education and training needs with program developers from the
School of Continuing and Professional Studies, who can respond rapidly and effectively
to such needs. For further information, telephone any of the School of Continuing
and Professional Studies centers or program offices, or view offerings online
Community Scholar Program
The Community Scholar Program is a non-degree program offered
by the University of Virginias School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Through this program, adults can enroll in the regular, on-Grounds credit courses
of the University. Community Scholars may enroll for an unlimited number of
semesters, but may take no more than two courses per semester, along with any
dependent laboratory or discussion sessions, for a maximum of 8 credits. Pre-professional
students, i.e., pre-med, may exceed the maximum 8 credits (but still may only
take two classes) by obtaining the permission of Gordon Stewart, Associate Dean
of the College of Arts and Sciences, at (434) 924-3672. Participants have the
opportunity to study with renowned faculty of the University of Virginia, enjoy
the same intellectual challenges as students enrolled in degree programs, and
earn college credit for their work.
Community Scholars bring a broad range of experiences and backgrounds
to this program and their reasons for participating are similarly varied. Enrolling
in undergraduate courses through the Community Scholar Program allows participants
to meet these varied needs whether or not a college degree has been previously
earned. Interested participants who hold a college degree may enroll in either
undergraduate or graduate level courses.
This program serves many purposes for the adult learner. Community
Scholars pursue both professional and personal objectives. Some are advancing
their careers by studying recent developments in their fields. Others are working
to satisfy prerequisites for advanced study in medicine, engineering, or education,
or exploring a graduate departments course offerings prior to applying
to its formal degree program.
The Community Scholar Program does not grant degrees. A part-time
bachelors degree program, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS),
is offered by the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional
Studies. Those who wish to earn a degree full-time at the University of Virginia
in Charlottesville must apply to the Undergraduate Office of Admissions or the
appropriate graduate school of the University.
Community Scholars may choose courses from departments and
schools throughout the University with the exception of the Schools of Education,
Law, and Medicine. Faculty members reserve the right not to admit a Community
Scholar to a class based on class size or lack of prerequisite education. While
this is an unusual occurrence, special circumstance may lead to such a decision.
Community Scholars must obtain permission of the instructor
to enroll in each class. Instructors may be reached by referring to the Course
Offering Directory at www.virginia.edu/cod. Permission forms can be obtained
online at www.uvacommunityscholar.info or by visiting the University Center.
For students interested in enrolling in graduate level courses, proof of an
undergraduate degree will be required at the time of registration. Participants
that wish to enroll in the McIntire School of Commerce, 300-level and above
Engineering courses, 700-level and above English courses, or Nursing courses
with course mnemonics beginning with NUIP, will need to provide actual transcripts
of all previously completed college credits to the University Center several
weeks prior to the start date of classes. This information will be forwarded
to the appropriate department to assure that the needed prerequisites have been
completed for your desired course(s).
Community Scholars enrolling in University courses agree to
abide by the University Honor Code. As well, students assume an obligation to
conduct themselves in a manner that is civil and compatible with the Universitys
function as an educational institution. It is clear that in a community of learning,
willful disruption of the educational process, destruction of property, and
interference with the orderly process of the University, or with the rights
of other members of the University cannot be tolerated. In order to fulfill
its functions for imparting and gaining knowledge, the University has the authority
and responsibility to maintain order within the University and to exclude those
who are disruptive of the educational process. Community Scholars do not pay
the required fees (which include such items as Athletic Tickets, Intramural
Access, Student Health, University Transit, Student Legal Services and University
Union Tickets) expected of full time students. As such, they are not eligible
to use the services of the Department of Student Health or purchase the University
endorsed Student Heath Insurance Plan, nor will they received the above-mentioned
services while taking classes through the School of Continuing and Professional
Studies. Students are urged to make other healthcare arrangements.
Contact the Community Scholar office at (434) 982-4789 or by
e-mail at email@example.com for additional information. A comprehensive
Web site for the Community Scholar Program can be found at www.uvacommunityscholar.info.
Part-time Degree-Seeking Students are able to complete their
degree requirements by enrolling in the Community Scholar Program: College students
may take up to two courses each semester in the School of Continuing and Professional
Studies; there are no exceptions to this rule. Credit-bearing laboratories or
discussions are not counted as separate courses. Students are normally limited
to eight semesters of full-time study in the College. Transfer students have
proportionally fewer semesters. Enrollment in the School of Continuing and Professional
Studies does not count against the number of full-time semesters allotted. A
maximum of 16 credits from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies
may apply to the B.A. from the College. All grades become part of the students
permanent record and factor into College GPA. Courses in the School of Continuing
and Professional Studies are not included in the determination of Intermediate
Students enrolling in the School of Continuing and Professional
Studies do not pay the required fees (which include such items as Athletic Tickets,
Intramural Access, Student Health, University Transit, Student Legal Services
and University Union Tickets) expected of full time students. As such, they
are not eligible to use the services of the Department of Student Health or
purchase the University endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan, nor will they
receive the above-mentioned services while taking classes through the School
of Continuing and Professional Studies. Students are urged to make other healthcare
College students, for purposes of advising and academic oversight,
remain in their Association and are referred to their Dean in Garrett Hall for
questions relating to their academic programs. Questions concerning degree applications
should be directed to the College Registrar, Judy Updike (Garrett Hall 102,
Fifth-year B.A.-M.T. students should direct inquiries about
enrollment to JoAnne McNergney, Assistant Dean of the Curry School of Education
(Ruffner Hall 102, 924-0757, firstname.lastname@example.org).