APEX Certificate Specifics
Students in the APEX program will complete requirements in four categories: Core, Career, Outreach, and Education. Each section is aimed at helping students identify, apply, and articulate skills learned throughout their college career.
- Lindquist College students will sign up for the certificate through a Google Form on the website.
- The form responses are received by all of the APEX Guides.
- APEX Guides will contact students directly or connect them with the appropriate faculty advisor in their department.
- Students will track their own progress on the APEX Map and compile artifacts and articulate their skill development in their ePortfolio.
- Guides will check in on student progress regularly (recommended twice annually).
- Upon completion, students will present their ePortfolio and completed APEX Map to their APEX Guides for final recording in CatTracks and a master spreadsheet, and provide students with their digital certificate and graduation cord.
At-A-Glance: Responsibilities of APEX Guides
Connect with Interested Students
Provide Periodic Student Check-Ins and Certificate Sign-Off
Act as Department Liaison
Information for APEX Guides
As an APEX Guide, you are the primary contact person for students in your department who may be interested in completing the APEX Certificate, as outlined above. Be prepared to field questions, such as those on the FAQ page, and then guide the students through the process and help them complete it. It is recommended that you check in with students, either via email “nudges” or in-person/virtual meetups, approximately 1-2 times per year. Keep in mind that students will have different trajectories, beginning the certificate at different points in their academic career, proceeding at different rates, and completing the activities and sections in different orders. If there is another person in your department better suited to work with the student, you will make that referral and periodically check in on progress.
It is also vital that you keep your department members informed of the nature of the certificate, including any changes that it undergoes over time, and how they can promote and support the certificate among their students. This can be done through regular updates at departmental faculty meetings and collaborations with individual faculty members who would like to contribute.