Evaluation of Course Offerings
Standard Evaluation: Each distance education course shall be evaluated by students in the same manner as on-campus course offerings.
Added Evaluation Items: Additional response items shall include the effectiveness and efficiency of the delivery systems, access to academic resources, access to faculty, and access to student services.
Use of Evaluation Results: Program heads shall review evaluation results with assigned faculty, support staff, and cooperating unit heads to facilitate the continual refinement of distance education course offerings.
Record Keeping: Consistent with the policies governing on-campus course evaluations, documentation of distance education course evaluations and of the proactive use of the results shall be maintained in the offering unit office. Summary reports shall be forwarded annually to the Distance Learning Office for analysis on a University-wide basis.
Assessment of Programs
Standard Academic Assessment: Each distance education program shall be assessed in the same manner and generally at the same frequency as the specific department’s assessment of programs offered on campus. Elements covered in the assessment shall include educational effectiveness, student learning outcomes, and retention.
Use of Results: The program head shall review assessment results with assigned faculty, distance education and technical staff, and cooperating service unit heads to facilitate the continual refinement of the distance education program.
Record Keeping: Documentation of this process and of the proactive use of the results shall be maintained in the offering unit office and be available for review per University guidelines on assessments.
Comparability: Student learning in distance education programs shall compare favorably to student learning in campus-based programs.
Record Keeping: Documentation of outcomes shall be maintained in the offering unit office and be available for review.
Maximum Tuition Rates: The maximum allowable tuition rate for distance education courses may be raised each year based on the percentage increase in tuition approved by the Board of Trustees.
Single Rate/No Fees: All program and course costs, excluding books and materials if desired, shall be calculated as part of the total delivery costs and expressed as a single, per semester hour tuition rate.
EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT
Payment of Tuition: Policies regarding payment of tuition and tuition refunds shall generally follow the campus-based policies unless different policies are approved as part of the program proposal procedure.