The other thread about the mini-MBA offered by the University of Buffalo got me thinking about a few things. RA degree programs are relatively standardized across different schools. A BS in Chemistry from Penn State can be expected to be pretty close to the one might receive when earning a BS in Chemistry from the University of Florida. Same goes for MBA programs, etc. If schools that are RA offer certificate programs, should the certificates fall under some sort of RA oversight as well? The mini-MBA offered by the University of Buffalo takes a minimum of 8 1/2 hours to complete. The mini-MBA offered by Rutgers takes around 40 hours to complete. I'm not opposed to the mini-MBA idea as it offers a good crash course to non-business majors. What is interesting to me is that they are both offered by RA schools but there is no consistency. As an employer, I would have no idea how much work one actually did for the certificate. Also, I see the same thing in regards to online certificates in distance education. Central Michigan University offers a 4 week course that earns 1 graduate credit. Indiana University offers a program that is non-credit but earns 30 CEUs. The Indiana program seems to involve a bit more work but in the end, both programs award the same certificate. Technically, one could take the program from CMU that awards one graduate credit and honestly list it on their resume as "Graduate Certificate, Online Instruction" as it could be argued that is a graduate certificate. It's not even close to other schools graduate certificates that require, 18 credits, however. Any ideas how schools can regain some consistency in regards to the above?