MADISON, Wis. (8/20/08)--Ten courses from the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) self-study offerings were recommended for college credit by the National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction (National PONSI). National PONSI grants academic credit for high-quality educational programs conducted by noncollegiate organizations, provided that these experiences are at the college level, and that the credit is appropriate for an individual's degree program. The approved courses come from the Staff Training and Recognition (STAR) and the Management Enrichment Training (MERIT) and are offered in paper-based and/or online formats. The courses accredited are:
* Security--covers employee and member safety and how to prevent losses; * Introduction to Credit Unions--provides an in-depth overview of the credit union movement, with emphasis on the credit union difference; * Basic Accounting--explores fundamental accounting techniques, along with methods for recording transactions and adjustments; * Accounting for Credit Unions--analyzes the major accounts used in credit unions, related procedures and requirements, and the importance of internal controls; * Credit Union Financial Analysis--explains account relationships, along with key financial ratios and how to use them; * Loan Marketing--summarizes product and pricing concepts, product development, and loan design, and how to create a loan marketing plan; * Interpersonal Skills: Understanding Your Impact on Members--reveals the impact of communication and interpersonal style, and supplies tools to enhance critical interpersonal skills; * Developing Exceptional Leadership--teaches skills for developing a progressive leadership style, encouraging staff commitment and achieving success with integrity; * Strategic Thinking and Planning--illustrates planning techniques for long-term projects, overcoming pitfalls, preparing viable budgets and dealing with plan changes; and * Leading and Managing Credit Union Sales--offers a comprehensive guide to developing and managing a sales and service force and instilling a credit union service culture.
Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., is accepts a number of CUNA-developed courses for college credit. The University of Phoenix Online and Cardinal Stritch University also offer college credit options for select CUNA coursework.