Policy 68

University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Policies for Outreach Courses
Policy #68

I. Process for setting fees for Credit Courses greater than in-state tuition or joint/non-credit offerings.

A. Non-credit courses:
Tuition and fees for non-credit courses administered through the UW-Parkside Office of Continuing Education are determined by existing UW-Extension policies. Tuition and fees for non-credit courses sponsored by faculty and/or departments will be submitted to the appropriate Dean for approval. The Continuing Education office is available for assistance in determining realistic tuition and fees for faculty and/or department non-credit courses.

B. Credit courses:
Ordinarily, tuition and fees for credit outreach courses will be set at UW-Parkside campus in-state tuition/fee levels, with nonresident students applying for out-of-state tuition remission.

An administrative fee equal to the segregated fee will be charged for all credits taken in outreach classes, to be used for the administrative expenses of off-campus programs. The total administrative plus segregated fees charged to any student taking both on campus and extension courses shall not exceed the segregated fee that would be charged if all credits were taken on campus.

C. Process for setting fees at variance with the UW Extension fee structure for non-credit courses, or greater than in-state tuition for credit courses.

Under certain circumstances, such as for customized programs or courses, tuition may exceed the in-state level for credit courses or UWExt guidelines for non-credit courses. In such cases, the following process will apply:

  1. Tuition/fee levels that exceed in-state tuition/fee levels will be proposed to the Provost by the Outreach Course Fee Committee (OCFC). This committee will consist of the Director of Credit Outreach, the Director of Continuing Education, and the appropriate dean. To determine tuition and fees, a course's potential for credit and/or non-credit will be reviewed, as well as any considerations related to the academic department involved.

  2. Potential courses may be brought to the OCFC by any one of its members, or by an academic department chair, reflecting the variety of ways that a community need may come to the campus' attention. OCFC must meet to resolve the recommended level of fees within one week of being notified of a request by one of its members or by a department chair.

  3. Factors to be taken into account when setting the recommended tuition and fees should include costs of delivering the course (including the location, cost of instructor, availability of instructor with adequate expertise, and technological complexity), costs of marketing, ability of targeted students to pay, prices charged by the regional competition for similar courses, tuition and fees for similar courses on-campus, and other relevant factors.

  4. The Provost will establish the tuition/fee structure for each course, after considering the recommendation of the OCFC.

  5. The Chancellor will receive a biennial report (January and July) showing the existing fee structure and suggesting problem areas for discussion.

II. Revenue Sharing Policies

If total revenues from tuition and administrative fees are substantially in excess of program costs for non-credit offerings or in excess of in-state tuition for credit courses, the excess revenue would be shared among the appropriate campus departments/offices based on prior negotiated agreements.

Scroll to top