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4,402: Academic Credit Programs through Extended Studies

Last Revised: February 2010

Any academic credit course not offered on campus during a regular 16-week fall or spring session or during summer session must be initiated by Extended Studies via an Academic Credit Course Section Approval Form available through Extended Studies. These courses may be offered at a variety of sites as dictated by program requirements. They may be offered during the day, at night, or on weekends. Departments and colleges approve each course and its instructor(s) each time the course is to be offered. Course approval forms shall be initiated by Extended Studies eight weeks or more before the first class meeting. Instructors are compensated and reimbursed for teaching these classes at rates approved by the Board of Regents. Tuition is established by the Board of Regents. Courses are delivered by a variety of modalities. Travel and field study courses fall under these guidelines.

Independent Learning

Independent Learning courses are offered for academic credit at the University of Nevada, Reno. Only courses which have been approved and are listed in the general university catalog may be offered as an Independent Learning course. Additionally, the department or college must specifically approve it as an Independent Learning course. Instructors are paid for writing and/or revising courses, grading lessons/assignments, and constant interaction with students. Rates of faculty remuneration and tuition levels are established by the Board of Regents.

Summer Session

With the exception of the School of Medicine, all on-campus academic credit courses taught during the period between the end of the spring term and the beginning of the fall term are part of the summer session. Courses and instructors for the summer session are selected by the departments and colleges involved. All courses are budgeted by the director of Summer Session and are listed in a website in fall semester and in a printed class schedule published each year during the spring semester. Instructors' salaries and tuition rates are established by the Board of Regents.

Wintermester

With the exception of the School of Medicine, all on-campus academic credit courses taught during the period after completion of the fall semester and before the start of spring semester are part of the winter session, called Wintermester. Courses and instructors for Wintermester are selected by the departments and colleges involved, but are budgeted and approved by the associate director of Independent Learning. Classes are listed online by July of the previous summer and listed in the Spring Schedule as well. Instructors' salaries and tuition rates are established by the Board of Regents and follow the summer session model.

Late-Start Weekend Classes

On-campus late start weekend classes during the fall and spring semesters are selected by the departments and colleges involved. Students can register for these classes after the late registration deadline for 'regularly' scheduled classes in that term. All classes are budgeted and approved by the associate director of Independent Learning and available for students to view before registration opens for the semester at Weekend Classes.

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