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Download a Statement of Accomplishment

For more information, visit the Stanford Online website.

The following help content is provided for posterity but is no longer applicable as of April 2020.

January 2020: Action You May Need to Take

If your course offered the opportunity to earn a Statement of Accomplishment and you earned one, congratulations! All Statements of Accomplishment must be downloaded before 12 p.m. Pacific Time, March 31, 2020.

What is a Statement of Accomplishment?

Most courses on Lagunita offered the ability to earn a Statement of Accomplishment, based on one's overall grade in the course. A Statement of Accomplishment acknowledged that a Stanford Online course offered through was completed with a passing grade by a particular participant.  

A Statement of Accomplishment was not a certificate. It did not stand in the place of a course taken at Stanford or an accredited institution, nor did it convey any academic credit, grade or degree, or indicate enrollment at Stanford.

Live versus self-paced

Statements of Accomplishment were issued to anyone who earned a passing score in a live course or self-paced course. In a live course, content and assignments were available to learners on a schedule. In a self-paced course, everything was available when you began.

Note: Not every course offered a Statement of Accomplishment. It was not possible to earn a Statement of Accomplishment in an archived course or courses run by the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

How to earn a Statement of Accomplishment

Requirements for a Statement of Accomplishment were typically found on a course home page, About page, or syllabus. The actual score needed to earn one varied by class. 

      • On a course home page:

      • On a course About page:


Courses may have contained graded and ungraded assignments. Eligibility for a Statement of Accomplishment was based only on graded assignments. Graded assignments were identified by a text label with a writing icon that displayed beneath graded subsections in the course home page's outline.


Submitting answers to graded assignments in a live or self-paced course - and getting high enough scores - made one eligible for a Statement of Accomplishment. Learners were able to track how close they were to earning one, or what else was needed to earn one, from the Progress page.


The passing grade threshold was indicated to the left of the progress chart. Each label corresponded to a single assignment, which may have consisted of multiple pages containing gradable content in that assignment. The last label showed one's overall progress in the entire course.

How and when a Statement of Accomplishment is created

In a live, instructor-paced course, there was a specified course end date. After it ended, digital Statements of Accomplishment were issued to anyone who met the grading requirements, as specified by the instructor.

The instructor or staff notified learners by email when the Statements of Accomplishment for that course had been issued. No new Statements of Accomplishment were issued after this had been done.

In a self-paced course, there typically was no end date. However, given the Lagunita platform was retired, the last date to self-generate a Statement of Accomplishment was March 26, 2020 at noon Pacific time, before the platform was shut down.


Requesting a Statement of Accomplishment

Most self-paced courses had a "Finishing Up" or "Course Completion" section. Within that was usually a page titled something like "Generate Your Statement of Accomplishment". This page contains a "Grade Me" button. When clicked, it checked if you met the requirements for earning a Statement of Accomplishment. 

Note: This process was only available once. Since a Statement of Accomplishment can only be issued once for eligible learners in a course, be sure to check the Progress page before clicking the button.

Before clicking the button, learners were advised to make sure that:

      1. They qualifed for a Statement of Accomplishment.
      2. Their full name was written in the Account Settings page the way it should appear on the Statement.

Once sure, learners would click the button to have their course work graded.


Downloading a Statement of Accomplishment

If your score met the course requirements, and after you clicked the "Grade Me" button on the appropriate page within your course, your Statement would have appeared on your dashboard page.

Information included on a Statement of Accomplishment

The following shows what may have been displayed on a Statement of Accomplishment, depending on information provided by the course team:

      • Your full name (editable from the Account Settings page)
      • The name of the course
      • The name, title, and signature of the instructor(s)
      • The date when the Statement of Accomplishment was issued to you
      • Text about the course or grading requirements (not included on all Statements of Accomplishment)

Example of a Statement of Accomplishment


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