Frequently Asked Questions

Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Below, you will find a list of our frequently asked questions. For your convenience, you can filter all questions by department.

Information regarding third-party professional development hours from The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) can be found at: https://www.txgifted.org/verification-update. Please contact TAGT or your district for specifics. 

Substitution requests must be made in writing to collegeready@rice.edu. Space is guaranteed only if replacing a registrant for the same course. Substitutions made on the day of the workshop are subject to approval and a processing fee.

Courses are indicated as full on the registration website page. If available, an option to be added to the waiting list is stated on the same registration website page.

Location and parking information varies by program and will be sent by email approximately one week before the start date of your course. Online course participants will receive log-in access information via email. If you do not receive the information, please contact us at collegeready@rice.edu.

The Center for College Readiness (CCR) accepts registrations through its online registration system. Click here to access the registration system.

Registrations are accepted with credit card or purchase order (PO). We accept POs as a district/school commitment to pay and payment (check) is due within 30 days of registration. Registrations made less than 30 days from program start date, can only be made using a credit card. Please make checks payable to: RICE UNIVERSITY. Failure to submit timely payment may result in the cancellation of your registration.  

Please contact CCR in writing at collegeready@rice.edu with any changes to your registration.

If space becomes available, you will receive an email to ask if you would like to attend. Once contacted, you must respond within 24 hours, or the space will be offered to the next person on the waiting list.

A purchase order is not a payment; it is a document stating that tuition has been approved by district personnel and that payment (check) will follow. Payment, by check or credit card, must be received within 30 days of registration.

The Center for College Readiness (CCR) accepts payment via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) or check. Please make checks payable to: RICE UNIVERSITY. Note: checks submitted to Rice University for payment may be converted into an electronic funds transfer from your account. There is a $30 charge for all checks returned for insufficient funds. 

Most classrooms are accessible for all participants; however, some classrooms and seating in older buildings may be inaccessible for people who use wheelchairs and/or other aids for mobility. Rice shuttle buses are handicapped accessible. Please notify us at collegeready@rice.edu if you require accommodations. For information on Rice's Disability Support Services office, visit dss.rice.edu.

Cancellations can be made from your Registration History under Account Information of the online registration system up until 30 days before the program start date. All cancellations are subject to a processing fee of 10 percent of the registration cost. No refunds are provided for nonattendance or cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the program start date.

Although we make every effort to maintain the published class schedules, insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen occurrences may require a schedule change, cancellation or instructor substitution. These changes will be posted on the website, and we will attempt to notify you as early as possible. In the event of a schedule adjustment or cancellation, neither Rice University nor the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies shall be held responsible for any non-refundable costs incurred by a participant, including, but not limited to, transportation or accommodation fees.

We recommend adding travel insurance when purchasing your airline ticket to protect your purchase in the event of unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to:

  • Injury or illness of insured or family member
  • Cancellation of workshop due to low enrollment or instructor availability
  • Hospitalization of insured
  • Accidents

Please refer to the specific guidelines of your air carrier for further details.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized uniform unit of measurement of individual participation in non-credit continuing education. One Continuing Education Unit equals ten hours of instruction.

Continuing Professional Education Hours (CPE) can only be awarded by providers authorized by the State Board for Educator Certification, and are equal to the actual instruction time. A 30-hour course, for example, would award 3.0 CEUs or 30 CPEs. The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is recognized as a provider of both CEUs and CPEs.

SBEC Continuing Professional Education Provider Number 500571.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing to collegeready@rice.edu. Requests received at least 30 days prior to the program start date will be issued a 90 percent refund. No refunds are provided for cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the program start date.

You may refer to your subject-specific course description for items if requested by your instructor. We recommend comfortable attire and walking shoes, as trainings typically involve walking around Rice University's campus.

Science teachers must follow Rice University's lab safety rules by wearing closed toe shoes (no sandals), long pants or skirts, laboratory coats, and goggles during all lab activities.

You will receive a confirmation email within a few minutes after completing an online registration. If you do not receive your confirmation email, please check your junk mail/spam folder.

Within two business days of the end of your program, you will receive an email instructing you to complete an evaluation. After completing the evaluation, you will be able to access your certificate through our online registration system under the Account Information- Registration History/Certificates section.

Available hotel information can be found on the specific program webpage.

Please mail your payment to:

Rice University, Attn: Registration Services
P.O. Box 1892, MS-550
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Please make your purchase order payable to Rice University.

Please refer to your campus or district for questions related to certification or eligibility. Information related to Advanced Placement can be found at https://ap.collegeboard.org/. Information related to International Baccalaureate can be found at https://www.ibo.org/

The confirmation email serves as your receipt. If requesting an additional copy of the receipt for bookkeeping purposes please email collegeready@rice.edu with the name and email address where the copy of the acknowledgment should be sent.

An up-to-date listing of CPNL courses will always be on the Web. If you would like to view other Glasscock School of Continuing Studies courses, please visit glasscock-info.rice.edu/prof-nonprofit-studies-subscribe.

Currently, the center does not offer financial assistance for any of the courses beyond our advertised discounts. There are bundle discount opportunities and discounts available for participants who are members of the following professional organizations: AFP, AASP, Apra, ESCH. There may be scholarship opportunities available for those interested in our certificate programs. Details for these scholarships can be found on the individual certificate pages.

CPNL courses are not eligible for audit. Registration is required for all CPNL courses and certificate programs.

At this time, all of our courses are for professional development purposes and do not provide academic credit; therefore, they cannot be transferred to a degree program.

CPNL courses and certificates can count toward the education requirement for CFRE credentials. Each course page on the website indicates the number of CFRE points that can be earned. More information on CFRE certification can be obtained from CFRE International.

Course cost of attendance includes all supplies and/or textbooks that you will need for your course unless specifically stated otherwise.

Our courses operate on an open-enrollment basis except for the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives (LINE), and the Nonprofit Finance Certificate, which have prerequisites and/or an application process.

At this time, we do not have a formal career center or job placement component to the center. We are able to share information including job descriptions and current executive search details with our current and past participants at the request of organizations and firms seeking to connect with our alumni. Please contact our office at cpnl@rice.edu or 713-348-6009 for individual assistance and questions.

The majority of our courses take place in the Anderson-Clarke Center on Rice University’s campus. You will receive an enrollment acknowledgment through postal mail along with an email when your registration is processed. This acknowledgement will include course location and parking details. If you register on the Web, your schedule and classroom location will be available on your online account under “My Enrollment History/My Class Schedule.”  If it is not available right away, please continue to check back. If you register close to the start of the course, you should contact the CPNL program coordinator at 713-348-6009 or at cpnl@rice.edu for parking and location details. See the Rice campus map.

There are multiple ways to pay for a course. If you want to register on the Web, you will be required to pay for your course with a credit card on the Web. You can pay with a credit card over the phone by calling 713-348-4803, or you can pay in person at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies (see "Anderson-Clarke Center" on the Rice campus map) during normal business hours. Credit cards or checks are accepted. Please make checks payable to: RICE UNIVERSITY. Note: checks submitted to Rice University for payment may be converted into an electronic fund transfer from your account. You can mail a check (be sure to include the course number in the “notes” section) to:

Rice University
Glasscock School of Continuing Studies – MS 550
Attn: Course Payment
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

There are multiple ways to register for a course. You can register on the Web by clicking on a specific course and following the REGISTER NOW button. You can also register by phone by calling 713-348-4803 during normal business hours (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). Finally, you can register in person at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies during normal business hours. See "Anderson-Clarke Center" on the Rice campus map. To view a list of our Philanthropy & Nonprofit Studies courses, visit our area of study page.

A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds that are requested 10 working days before a course begins. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of the dates listed by the program area. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of the program. Refund requests before the 10-working-day deadline must be made in writing to cpnl@rice.edu. Refunds for credit card payments will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check take up to four weeks to be processed and mailed by the Rice University accounting office. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.

Our courses are generally offered in the spring and fall. Please check our website for more information or contact the center at cpnl@rice.edu or 713-348-6009 if you are interested in a specific course.

You will receive parking information in your mailed enrollment acknowledgment. Applicable parking cards and/or hangtags will be mailed to you once you have registered for the course. If you register close to the start of the course, you should contact the CPNL Program Coordinator at 713-348-6009 or at cpnl@rice.edu for parking and location details. See the Rice campus map.

Certificate participants who successfully meet the established criteria will receive paperwork from Rice. Individual course participants may request an electronic certificate from cpnl@rice.edu verifying enrollment, CEU, and CFRE credit.

We do not have a senior citizen discount. Some courses feature discounts for members of a co-sponsoring organization. Association of Rice Alumni members are eligible for a reduced fee for all non-limited enrollment courses including most courses in Humanities, Social Sciences and Science, Technology & Health areas of study. Visit our Policies page for more information.

 

To use a gift certificate to register for a course, the registrant must call the Department Coordinator at 713-348-6026 and reference the number on the top right of the gift certificate. Each certificate may be used only for what is stated on the gift certificate, and it may only be used for a course that begins prior to the expiration date listed. Gift certificates have no cash value and may not be used for a discount on a course which costs more than the amount listed on the certificate. For additional inquiries, please email:  GSCS@rice.edu.

You may only attend class if you have paid the full fee amount.

 

Continuing Studies courses do not confer college credit with the exception of the Graduate Liberal Studies programs and Education programs. Some Continuing Studies programs confer professional continuing education credit, which is indicated in the course description. All courses grant participants Continuing Education Units (CEUs) – one unit for every ten hours of classroom time.

You may only attend class if you have paid the full fee amount.

Continuing Studies classes are open to adults, with the exception of a few courses for high school students. A few courses have prerequisites indicated in the course descriptions, and some programs require a bachelor's degree (which does not have to be from Rice but must be from an accredited institution). See individual program pages for specifics.

Continuing Studies classes are open to adults, with the exception of a few courses for high school students. A few courses have prerequisites indicated in the course descriptions, and some programs require a bachelor's degree (which does not have to be from Rice but must be from an accredited institution). See individual program pages for specifics.

We accept some late registrations depending on the course and space availability. If you would like to enroll in a course that has started, please call 713-348-4803 to inquire about late registration.

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.

Yes, we offer a variety of online courses. Please visit our Online Learning page for more information.

You can register online for most courses (with the exception of ESL, credit programs, and some professional development programs). Please visit the specific course pages to register online. Alternatively, you can call 713-348-4803 to register using a credit card. Please note some programs have an application process. If payment via check is accepted, please make checks payable to: RICE UNIVERSITY.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. You may submit a refund request by e-mail to gscs@rice.edu or, if the course is a language course, to fl@rice.edu. Refund requests for Center for College Readiness courses should be addressed to collegeready@rice.edu. Include your first and last name on the subject line. Or you may send a fax to 713-348-5213. You also may mail in a refund request or deliver it to our office. Please note that refunds can take two to three weeks to process.

We do not accept reservations for courses or trainings. You must complete the full registration process including payment.

You may contact us directly through postal mail, e-mail, fax or phone.

Mailing Address: Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
MS 550, Rice University,
P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251
E-mail: gscs@rice.edu
Fax number: 713-348-5213
Main telephone number: 713-348-4803

If you have a complaint about parking, please e-mail gscs@rice.edu.

You may submit a course proposal by e-mail to gscs@rice.edu. Please give specific topics relating to your course idea, as well as the specific audience you think would be likely to take the course. Indicate your teaching experience and credentials in the subject you would like to teach.

No, in most cases another section is not available, and we do not carry over registrations from one session to another. If handouts were distributed in the class you missed, you can request those handouts at the next class from the course attendant. Some individual programs, such as ESL, the Foreign Language Program and Center for College Readiness have specific policies on missed classes. Please call or consult the website.

An individual may be able to claim a tax deduction or a tax credit for the cost of attending this continuing education program. However, we do not issue 1098-Ts. Non-academic credit programs such as continuing education courses do not require a 1098-T per IRS guidelines. Please keep a copy of your receipt and consult with your tax advisor about whether your payment meets the regulations that apply to tax deductions and tax credits. The University’s Federal Tax ID Number is 74-1109620.

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed on holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized uniform unit of measurement of individual participation in non-credit continuing education. One Continuing Education Unit is defined as "ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience, under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction." CEUs provide the framework for individuals to document their efforts to update or broaden their knowledge or skills through a variety of non-credit educational options. CEUs are granted for classroom hours and are not granted for hours spent at such activities as performances, field trips or tours.

In general, we accept registrations up until the first class session, as long as there is space available in the class. Many classes fill quickly; we recommend that you register as early as possible. Some Community Programs and Professional Development courses have an early registration discount. See course pages for details. If you have waited until the day a class starts to register, please call us at 713-348-4803; if you register online at the last minute you risk not getting course location or parking information. 

Community Programs courses are offered in two major sessions a year, beginning in January and August. Language courses are offered year round. Professional development and Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership courses are offered at various times of the year, but typically begin in spring or fall. Please see the Master of Liberal Studies program for its schedule.

We are located in the Anderson-Clarke Center, the three-story building on the left as you come in Entrance 8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Drive. It is building #74 on the campus map. Visitor parking spaces are available on the backside of the building.

You will receive important information about parking in your enrollment acknowledgment; please read and retain all parking information. Visit our Parking & Directions for more information.

Continuing Studies classes are open to adults, with the exception of a few courses for high school students. A few courses have prerequisites indicated in the course descriptions, and some programs require a bachelor's degree (which does not have to be from Rice but must be from an accredited institution). See individual program pages for specifics.

Some courses have required and/or recommended texts. For information on books for your course see individual program pages on our website or call 713-348-4803. 

Refund policies differ, depending on the type of course. For non-limited enrollment courses, you can receive a refund if your written request is received 10 working days before class starts. Limited enrollment courses have other refund requirements. For more information, see our Policies page and specific refund policies that apply to ESL, Foreign Language Program and Center for College Readiness. For refunds on books purchased at the Rice Bookstore, please refer to the store’s refund policy.

You will receive an enrollment acknowledgment in the mail approximately one week after registration (although this varies by program). This will include classroom location, campus map, parking information, book requirements and other information relating to your particular class.