Proposal for ND Multi-Campus Graduate PD Credit

Minot State University

North Dakota State University

University of North Dakota

In cooperation, the three lead public graduate institutions in the state of North Dakota are providing the opportunity for organizations to apply for attached graduate professional development credit (GPD credit) for their professional development offerings.  The multi-campus GPD credit process enables organizations to offer the participants of the proposed event the option to select and register for attached GPD credit from one of the three cooperating credit granting institutions.

To seek approval for graduate professional development credit related to a multi-speaker event (i.e. conference) or course sponsored by a ND agency or organization, click on one of the links below to select a liaison university and to complete the multi-campus proposal form for your event. That institution’s liaison will serve as your representative and communicate with the other cooperating institutions the logistics and details of your event, including registration processes, which eliminates your need to make application with all three institutions.

It is very important to read this document carefully.  Proposals require attached information and will not be considered for credit if necessary documentation does not accompany the proposal form.  It is recommended that this form and all attachments be submitted to one of the institutions no later than 30 days prior to the conference/course start date. Each institution will inform you of approval or disapproval of credit. All marketing for your event should indicate the following: "Graduate professional development credit is pending until official notification of approval."

Proposals must include 15 clock hours--900 total minutes of direct instructional time per credit, not including social activities, meals, breaks, travel time, etc.

Instructor of Record

The instructor of record is the individual designated to ensure the integrity of the professional development offering as an academically rigorous graduate-level activity.    The instructor of record must hold an advanced degree (Master’s or above) and provide a vita/resume that includes name, current title, current address, phone/fax/e-mail, highest degree earned and field of study, related professional/work experience, topic(s) to be addressed, and any other relevant information

  1. The instructor of record's role, as an active participant in the event, is to ensure submission of the online proposal form, to include all identified components as described in the "Online Proposal Form" section below.
  2. The instructor of record is responsible for upholding quality for an event by confirming that the facilitators or presenters possess a Master's degree or higher, and indicating degree levels & fields of study. (See "About Presenters" below)
  3. For a multi-speaker/multi-session event (i.e. conference) the IOR must ensure that at least 75% of the total instructional time must be provided by individuals with a Master's degree or higher. (See "About Presenters" below)
  4. Submit a copy of the assessment tool or an explanation/copy of the strategies used to assess the participants' learning for grading, along with the identified process for keeping attendance, using the criteria identified in the "Evaluation Plan Criteria" section below;
  5. At the conclusion of the event, issue final grades and complete final grade reports for each institution.

About Presenters

The presenters are expected to provide quality graduate educational experiences for participants.  Presenters are encouraged to possess a master’s degree or higher, (a multi-speaker event must have 75% of instructional time provided by individuals with a Master’s degree or higher) however a bachelor’s degree may be accepted based on level of experience, accomplishments, and subject matter expertise. 

Each presenter is required to specify their degree level & related field of study, and their experience or training in relation to their presentation topic.

Online Proposal Form

Include 1) conference/course description; 2) Publication/Promotional/Conference/Course description; 3) objectives/learner outcomes; 4) an outline of topics to be covered; 5) all requirements and expectations (e.g. participation, attendance, assignments) for earning the credit; 6) textbooks or other resources to be used (if applicable), and 7) evaluation plan of learner outcomes. Course titles should remain consistent (with repeat events) if content has not changed.

For multi-speaker/multi-session events (i.e. conferences) submission of the following is required:
  1. an electronic copy of the tentative program (or provide website address to access your online program, if applicable);
  2. a document that includes session descriptions (if not included in the event program); and sample provided.
  3. a document following the sample matrix of presenters specifying their educational credentials, highest degree, field of study topic(s) to be addressed, and the length (hours/minutes) of each presenter's presentation(s).

Credit Requirements

The following requirements must be communicated to the participants prior to the start of the event.

  1. Participants must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to be eligible to receive graduate professional development credit.
  2. Participants must attend a minimum of 15 hours of graduate level activity per credit hour.
  3. Participants must complete the evaluation of concepts/knowledge learned, as specified by the instructor of record.   (See Evaluation Plan Criteria below.)

Evaluation Plan Criteria

One copy of the evaluation plan for determining the participant’s grade* must be submitted with this proposal.   The evaluation plan may be formatted a number of ways but should, at a minimum, include:

  1. Participant verification of attendance, documenting the required 15 clock hours per credit (e.g. session sign-in sheet, session summary.)
  2. A strategy, specified by the instructor of record, designed to elicit from the participants their ability to apply concepts/knowledge learned at the event in their own teaching/work situations (e.g. lesson plan, summary paper, group project/paper). If an assignment or other assessment tool is developed. A sample is provided for you..

*An assessment rubric is required for letter grading but not for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading.

Fees

A $50 recording fee will be charged for each graduate professional development credit.  This fee is in addition to any other conference/course fees.

Cooperating Institutions

Minot State University Amy Woodbeck, Professional and Community Ed. Coord.
MiSU Center for Extended Learning
500 University Ave. West, Minot,  ND  58707
Phone:  800-777-0750 (toll free) or 858-3822 (local) 
Fax:  701-858-4343
North Dakota State University Barb Schumacher, K-12 Professional Development Coordinator
NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND  58108-6050
Phone: 800-726-1724 (toll free) or 231-7852 (local) 
Fax: 701-231-7016
University of North Dakota Kim Jones, Coord., Professional Dev. for Educators
UND Continuing Education
PO Box 9021, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9021
Phone: 866-261-3677 (toll free) or 777-4225 (local)
Fax:  701-777-4282