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Propose a Course for EXTENDED EDUCATION

Proposals will soon be accepted for fall 2017. For details, please contact Melissa at (707) 825-3732 or

Course Proposal Form

We have implemented a new online course proposal process! Please follow the instructions below, or give us a call at (707) 826-3731.

  • Re-Offered Extended Education Courses: If you've offered an Extended Education course in the past and plan to offer the same class in the future, complete the ONLINE PROPOSAL FORM FOR RE-OFFERED COURSES. (Link will open a new tab/window. Remember to hit submit at the bottom.)
  • New Extended Education Courses: If you want to offer a new class, please complete the ONLINE PROPOSAL FORM FOR NEW COURSES. (Link will open a new tab/window. Remember to hit submit at the bottom.) You will be asked to attach your resume and course outline or syllabus in the form, so it's good to have these ready to go!
  • New Contract Credit Courses: If you are running a class through your school or organization, and would like to offer credit through the College of eLearning & Extended Education, please complete the ONLINE PROPOSAL FORM FOR CONTRACT CREDIT COURSES. (Link will open a new tab/window. Remember to hit submit at the bottom.) You will be asked to attach an instructor resume and course outline or syllabus in the form, so it's good to have these ready to go! Note that Extended Education does not provide rooms, marketing, evaluation, or other program support for Contract Credit courses.

Review of Extension Course Proposals

All College of eLearning & Extended Education programs/courses are reviewed by an academic department and college dean. Courses may be offered on a non-credit or credit basis. For academic credit, 15 hours of student instructional time (“seat time”) is required for one (1) unit of credit.

If you’d like to offer your course for credit, please indicate which discipline (e.g., ANTH, BIOL, GEOL, HIST, etc.) and course number (e.g., 480, 585, etc.) you believe most applicable.

Extended Education determines need for the course, determines that the offering will not detract from enrollment in regular courses (credit courses only), determines facility and support availability, etc.

For Credit Courses the department approval indicates quality control over:

  • Course objectives and purposes (Is the course worthwhile?)
  • Are the course outline and methods of instruction adequate to reach objectives?
  • Are contact hours sufficient to meet the unit value requested?
  • Is the instructor competent to use the material and achieve the objectives?

For Non-Credit Courses the department review and comment indicates the:

  • Department has had the opportunity to review and comment
  • Course meets the intent for non-credit offerings
  • Faculty meets standards for teaching a non-credit offering

Material has been provided to allow a judgment on these issues. Decisions beyond those outlined above will be made by the College of eLearning & Extended Education.


University Policy/Faculty Handbook


Non-credit courses and institutes offered through the extension program shall be submitted for advice and/or comment to the appropriate college dean and/or department chair prior to the offering being scheduled by Extended Education. The utilization of University facilities and the use of University equipment are subject to approval by the dean and department chair. Should there be no reasonably congruent program or programs in a college, approval of the Office of Academic Affairs shall be required. Non-credit courses or institutes, as well as those offered for credit, will be reported to the faculty via the department chair.


In keeping with University policy, courses offered for credit through the University's College of eLearning & Extended Education should be approved following appropriate consultative procedures and review. It may be that in some instances (particularly those involving interdisciplinary studies) no single department may be willing to assume responsibility to initiate such a review. In such a case, Extended Education should request the dean of a college to take the proposal to his or her college curriculum committee for a recommendation. The determination as to which college should conduct the review should be made on the basis of programmatic similarity. If no college committee is willing to assume responsibility for review, the Director for Dean of Extended Education should request that the Vice Provost of Academic Programs and Undergraduate Education take the proposal to the University Curriculum Committee for a recommendation.


For Instructors: Proposal of
Extension courses for academic credit

Individuals and groups, on or off campus, are requested to follow the procedures indicated below when seeking approval for academic credit to be awarded for any course, workshop, or conference offered through the College of eLearning & Extended Education at Humboldt State University. This includes both for credit only as well as optional credit courses. These procedures must be followed each time a course is offered. Obtain a Course Proposal Form from this website or from the College of eLearning & Extended Education.

The information necessary for adequate review includes:

  • course title, description and objectives
  • brief course description for use in publicity
  • brief instructor biography for use in publicity
  • reading assignments and written projects
  • textbook requirements
  • method of evaluating student work
  • units, contact hours, times, date, etc.
  • instructor's vitae (if not CSU faculty)
  • instructor/course coordinator information
    (birth date, HSU ID number, address, phone numbers,
    e-mail or other ways to contact instructor)

Return the completed form to the College of eLearning & Extended Education. It will be routed for curriculum review and for signatures by the Department Chair and Dean of the College. The approval process should be initiated early in the semester the term before the course is offered.



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