Open Enrollment FAQ

ACUE’s professional development programs for faculty are delivered online, through graduate-level courses on effective college instruction. ACUE offers open-enrollment, microcredential courses, as well as comprehensive programs implemented through institutional partnerships. In all of ACUE’s cohort-based programs, faculty learn about—and are required to implement and reflect upon—a comprehensive body of evidence-based teaching practices shown to improve student engagement, persistence, course completion, and learning.

Who can enroll in ACUE Open Enrollment Courses?

ACUE courses are most impactful when you are actively teaching at least one college-level course, whether face-to-face or online. Courses are relevant to educators across all disciplines teaching at all types of institutions. ACUE reviews each course application for acceptance into the course. Course enrollment is subject to capacity limitations and the ACUE Terms and Conditions. If you’re not sure these courses are for you, please email to discuss your situation.

How do you enroll a group of educators from an institution?

Institutions may register a group of faculty in ACUE open enrollment courses by contacting the program director at Institutions that enroll course-takers in courses are subject to the cancellation, defer, and forfeiture of fees structure listed below.

ACUE also offers Programs for Institutions. ACUE’s college and university partnerships are formed through a collaborative process with a broad set of institutional stakeholders. ACUE Programs for Institutions includes academic support, advanced reporting, impact research at both faculty and student levels, and campus culture and communications support.

What is the tuition for an Open Enrollment Course?

Tuition, which covers all course fees, is $600 per open enrollment, microcredential course. ACUE will also apply the appropriate tax based on the local tax laws in the course-taker’s geographic location.

Are there deadlines to enroll?

Enrollment deadlines will be displayed on the course details page. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to program director approval. Early registration is recommended.

How do I apply?

You may apply for open enrollment courses here. You will receive confirmation upon receipt of your application. Upon acceptance, you will be contacted by email with enrollment and payment information. All course fees must be paid before your enrollment is confirmed.

When will I know if I am accepted into the course?

You will receive an application confirmation email within one week of applying. You will be enrolled in the course upon full payment. All fees must be paid before the course begins. Preferred payment is online via credit card. To inquire about alternative payment methods, contact

Are courses available to international course-takers?

Yes, courses are available to international course-takers.

How are courses delivered?

Courses are delivered online through ACUE’s customized instance of Instructure’s Canvas Learning Management System. Course-takers also attend a 1.5-hour synchronous virtual course launch conducted via the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

What are the basic technical requirements?

Newer devices including desktop and laptop computers, tablets and smartphones are equipped to engage with ACUE open enrollment courses using only a supported web browser and active internet connection. Technical requirements to access Instructure’s Canvas Learning Management System can be found here. Technical requirements to access Zoom for synchronous course launch and summary discussion sessions can be found here. We recommend you have access to a webcam for live sessions.

How long will it take to complete the open enrollment course and earn a microcredential?

Course-takers tell us it takes approximately 2-3 hours to successfully complete each module.  This typical time commitment includes time to review module content, engage in online discussions with colleagues, plan and implement a technique, and complete a written reflection. Each course contains 6-7 modules that will collectively require 12-18 hours to complete over 6-8 weeks. You will be given 8 weeks to complete the course and upon microcredential completion, maintain login access to course materials for one year.

What type of course support is provided?

An ACUE course facilitator will provide support throughout your course, including leading discussions in LMS discussion boards. Facilitators will also respond to your support needs within 24 hours. Technical assistance is also available by emailing

How is the course graded?

To satisfy module requirements and earn a badge, course-takers submit a reflection aligned to a rubric that will be shared with you. Each course requires 6-7 reflections to earn microcredential. Each reflection is scored by a National Reader assigned to your cohort. Successful completion of all assignments is required to complete the course and earn the microcredential.

What does each Open Enrollment course include?

  • Open Enrollment courses are comprised of 6-7 online learning modules. Each module addresses a competency defined in ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework©. Successfully completing an open enrollment course earns a microcredential which can stack with other ACUE microcredentials to earn a Certificate in Effective College Teaching.
  • Modules are content rich and include demonstration videos, interviews with leading experts, curated planning guides and other resources. You may view a sample module, “Engaging Underprepared Students,” on the ACUE website.
  • One synchronous and facilitated Zoom session.
  • Downloadable planning guides and resources to support learning and implementation of recommended techniques.
  • Professional facilitation by an expert in teaching and learning with whom you will share insights and ideas along with other educators in your cohort.
  • Continued access to course materials for one year after course completion.

Is there a language requirement?

ACUE courses are taught, facilitated, administered, and supported in English. To get the most out of your experience, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential.

What happens if I need to change my enrollment?

To Cancel

All cancellation notifications must be sent in writing via email to A full refund may only be obtained if such request is made at least 31 days prior to the course start date. Course-takers are limited to one refund within a calendar year. Cancellations received 30 days or less before the program begins are subject to fees as described below:

  • 50% of course tuition, if requested 15-30 days before the course start date
  • 100% of course tuition, if requested fewer than 15 days before the course start date

If ACUE cancels a course, registered participants are eligible for either:

  • A refund of any tuition paid.
  • A transfer of their registration to a future course.

Refunds will be processed to the original payment method.

To Defer

Course-takers are eligible to defer their paid enrollment to a future course if such request is received within three calendar days of the Course Launch. Deferral requests must be sent in writing to and are valid for an ACUE Open Enrollment course within one year of the original course start date. One deferral is permitted per calendar year. ACUE cannot guarantee the same course in which you registered will be offered in the future.

Forfeiture of Fees

Please note that course-takers forfeit 100% of the full course tuition if one of the following occurs:

  • The course-taker does not enroll in another course within one year of the original course start date.
  • The course-taker fails to participate in the course, without notification, or if a withdrawal occurs on or after the course start date.


 ACUE reserves the right to change without notice any statements contained herein, concerning, but not limited to, policies, course fees, curricula and courses.

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