Non-Credit, continuing education and lifelong learning modules are some of the names institutions have used for learning activities that do not carry credit. They are intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills, or enrich their understanding about a wide range of topics.
Noncredit classes are usually NOT applicable toward a degree. Upon completion of a series of required classes, students can earn a noncredit certificate. At the University of Montana, Non-Credit courses are offered through UMOnline.
Process and Procedure
Submit your inquiry to UMOnline. Inquiry forms are submitted through Qualtrics. Once your proposal has been received you will be contacted by a UMOnline administrator regarding the next steps.
UMOnline will help you identify your audience and course/program pricing through Market Research.
If your course will be taught online, UMOnline can help you identify your course development needs and help you design and develop the course.
Once you have identified your needs and expenses, a financial budget will be developed.
An MOU will be signed between UMOnline, the instructor, department and college, which will align the expectations of each party and the financial model applied.
You will start working with the UMOnline team to finalize the course, marketing and registration process needed before the course is delivered.
How does the non-credit financial model work?
Non-credit offerings rely solely on self-support fees to operate, as opposed to for-credit offerings which are prescribed by the Board of Regent’s approved tuition and fee matrix, and are funded entirely by UM General Fund budget allocation. Non-credit offerings have the ability to generate revenue for a department. After initial costs are covered, the net-revenue generated is disbursed between the College/Department, the University and UMOnline.
Can I mix credit and non-credit students?
Yes. Mixing credit and non-credit offerings allows a college/department the ability to expand their for-credit offerings to a greater cross-section of the population.
Curriculum requirements should differ between for-credit and non-credit students.
Immunization clearance is required when co-mingling credit and non-credit populations on campus.
If you'd like to discuss various components of your program such as market analysis, financial considerations, credit options, learning outcomes, or digital badging, please contact Eric Vorkoeper.