The Definition of the Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction.
This unit represents a sufficiently small amount of participation in continuing education so that it will be possible for an individual to accumulate a substantial number of such units over limited periods of time. The CEU has the further advantage of being computed simply for all formats and durations of continuing education programming wherever contact hours or their equivalent can be determined. Partial units may be recorded as called for by taking advantage of the decimal nature of the system of measurement (i.e., a 28-hour activity would provide 2.8 CEUs).
The CEU is applicable to the appropriate learning experiences of adults at all levels from post secondary to post doctoral; for all classes of adult learners, whether vocational, technical, professional, managerial or adults bent on personal improvement; and in all formats of teaching and learning known to the field of education.
The Continuing Education Unit
Ball State University awards CEUs to individuals who have successfully completed selected noncredit continuing education programs offered by the university.
Use of the CEU is designed to give recognition on a national basis to persons continuing their education and keeping up-to-date in their chosen fields by participating in Ball State sponsored noncredit programs.
The CEU is intended to serve all interests in continuing education, whether public or private and whether individual, instructional, institutional, organizational, governmental or societal.
Awarding and Granting of Units
The determination of the number of CEUs to be granted and awarded for a particular educational experience is the responsibility of officials within Ball State's Online and Distance Education unit, based upon the recommendations of the program director and/or instructor responsible for the format and content of the learning activity, and the academic department head.
The number of units will be determined by considering the number of contact hours in a formal learning situation and evaluating any other experiences connected with the program. Reasonable allowances may be made for activities such as required reports, laboratory assignments, field trips, and supervised study.
The following suggestions for the possible application of the CEU for Ball State University sponsored programs are offered as illustrations but should not be considered as limitations in the use of the unit.
The following types of programs will not be awarded Continuing Education Units.
The following questions must be answered in the affirmative before consideration can be given to awarding units.
Administration and Record-Keeping
The administration of this program is coordinated by Online and Distance Education and the records will be kept in that office.
The forms to be used in the administration of this program are as follows:
Note: Programs not associated with Ball State University require a $10 per person charge. This fee may be paid by the sponsoring organization or by the participants requesting the CEUs.
If you have questions, contact Laurel Garrett.
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