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Overview of EC
Offering Programs or Courses through UIC EC


Overview of UIC EC


What is UIC EC?
The UIC Extended Campus is a unit housed in the Office of Academic Affairs and reports to the Vice Provost for Planning and Programs. UIC EC works with academic units to offer credit and noncredit courses to working professionals needing university-level or continuing education credit for professional development purposes. UIC EC currently works with eight colleges and fifteen departments, as well as institutes and centers within UIC to offer academic coursework to a variety of professionals, including Chicago area teachers, practicing physical therapists, nurses, professionals who work with clients who utilize assistive technology, and incoming MSW students.

To learn more about the coursework offered through UIC EC , visit the Programs page or the Courses page. Offerings range from individual free-standing courses to sequences of courses leading to state-mandated endorsements and certification to entire degree programs.

How does UIC EC work?
By interfacing with many of the other administrative offices on campus, including Admissions and Records, Human Resources, and Academic Affairs, the UIC Extended Campus makes it possible for academic units to offer courses to a non-campus audience.

The core administrative functions of UIC EC for credit courses are:

  • Admit students to the university through an expedited nondegree admissions process 
  • Assign a unique program code that assesses an extramural per credit hour tuition rate 
  • Register students into Banner
  • Return 75% of extramural tuition to college/department, less the direct program expenses paid by UIC EC (i.e. instruction, marketing, etc.) of offering the course(s)
  • Accept payment from students online for extramural tuition or course fees
  • Process instructor payments 
  • Communicate with students and coordinate student services as needed

The core administrative functions of UIC EC for noncredit courses are:

  • Accept payment from students online for course fees
  • Process instructor payments 
  • Communicate with students and coordinate student services as needed

UIC EC also participates in planning and development of continuing education programs, from assisting departments with program definition to coordination and implementation. A team of UIC EC program coordinators is responsible for working with each of the individual colleges to provide the following support:

  • Assess and advise on program feasibility, including financial viability and budget development
  • Assist with market research and analysis
  • Assist with the development of marketing plans
  • Develop a timeline for program planning and implementation
  • Coordinate the development of contractual agreements when necessary
  • Identify sustainability issues for programs with extended coursework (or special cohorts)
  • Identify and facilitate student services

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Offering Programs or Courses through UIC EC

What should I do if I want to offer a course through UIC EC?

If you are a faculty member who would like to offer programming to a non-campus audience, the first place to start is in your home department. Discuss your idea with your department head, and once you receive approval, contact the UIC EC program coordinator:

Your UIC EC program coordinator will ask to meet with you for a one-hour discovery session to explore your ideas in terms of your goals and the resources required to achieve these goals. Following the discovery session, you and your department head will receive a preliminary report with our assessment of the ideas you presented and their potential for helping you achieve your long and short-term goals. Upon review of the assessment and agreement by UIC EC and your department head, next steps would include the development of an implementation timeline and a preliminary budget. It is best to begin planning as early as possible. Our experience recommends that you allow at least six months for program planning and development. Please note that if you hope to offer a program in conjunction with an outside partner, or if the program involves extended coursework, the amount of lead time required increases substantially. If students need to apply for degree status, the individual college deadlines for applying for admission to the Graduate College will apply. 

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