Undergraduate eNotations in the College of Arts and Sciences recognize students for successfully completing an approved set of requirements (eNotation Learning Experiences or eNLEs) designed to achieve defined learning goals for a coherent learning experience that has been recognized by the College and campus.

eNLEs typically augment the IU academic experience but are not appropriate for our traditional academic credentials (majors, concentrations, certificates, minors, etc.) because they rely heavily on extracurricular or co-curricular components or do not form a sustained study of an academic discipline (or disciplines).

eNotations are NOT intended to:

  • Replace traditional academic credentials or be “miniature” forms of existing or potential credentials
  • Replicate items that are already on the transcript.

Traditional credentials vs. eNotations


Traditional academic credentials


Appear on IU transcript



Printed diploma

Yes (degrees/majors and area certificates)


Electronic diploma



Electronic certificate of completion



Requires learning outcomes and assessment

Yes (for accreditation compliance)

Yes (but are not subject to accreditation compliance)

Curricular orientation

Entirely course based

Must have at least one course but can include extra- and co-curricular components

Proposing an eNotation

Each eNLE must consist of well-defined learning outcomes and at least three (3) substantive requirements that students must successfully complete in order to achieve the outcomes.

At least one (1) of the requirements must be a course that is successfully completed; the others can be curricular, co-curricular, or extracurricular.

For each requirement, the list of specific courses (curricular) or types of activities (co-curricular and extracurricular) that will fulfill it must be provided.

When evaluating proposals, the College will consider questions like the following:

  • Who is offering the eNLE to be considered for the eNotation?
    • What unit will offer the eNotation, and what is its relationship to an academic department, school, or administrative program?
    • What is the mission of the unit offering the notation?
    • Are there staff monitoring the objectives of the eNLE, as well as students' progress towards completion?
  • What are the learning objectives of this eNLE?
    • Does the eNLE include academic objectives or specific learning outcomes (e.g., critical thinking, data analytics, etc.)?
    • Does the eNLE address any experiential co-curricular learning objectives (e.g., service learning, professional partnerships, supervised research, internships, etc.)?
    • Does the eNLE provide the student with additional skills not easily gained within a classroom?
    • Does the eNLE create opportunities for student success?
    • How will students be assessed within the eNLE?
  • What are the components of the eNLE?
    • Curricular - required
    • Co-curricular
    • Extra-curricular
  • What is the application process of the eNLE?
  • How will progress and completion of the eNLE be accomplished?
  • How will the eNLE components (curricular and non-curricular) be maintained? If academic criteria (e.g., courses) are required to earn the eNotation, who/how will these components be maintained to remain current?

Frequently Asked Questions

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