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DISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM PROPOSAL For Degree and Certificate Programs

Note: Use the following outline to provide information pertaining to your proposed program. Contact the Distance Learning Department for aid in developing your proposal.

  • I.

    Program Overview

  • a)

    Program

Provide details regarding the program, its requirements, list of courses, number of credit hours, offering schedule, and any special options and requirements. Provide information related to primary and secondary pedagogical modes for each course in the program (i.e., how are these courses taught?)

b) Program Approvals

State the requirements for approvals and outline the plan to accommodate these approval processes. Address ACHE and SACS requirements, approvals for other states (when physical presence is established), and discipline-based accreditation requirements.

c) Mission/Goals

State the way in which this distance education program is related to institutional mission and goals and directly to your academic department’s purpose, mission and strategic plan.

d) Delivery Systems

Describe the intended delivery system (s) and the rationale for selection (i.e., the way in which they will be integrated into an effective teaching and learning environment). Make specific reference to delivery of instruction and access to ancillary instructional support items or activities–library services, student services and support, communication between students and faculty and among students. Provide locations and details of arrangements with service and facilities providers and include copies of written agreements or support letters. What special technical delivery systems or facilities will need to be developed?

e) Academic Resources

Detail the types of academic resources that will be arranged for the support of this program at a distance. What library resources will be needed? What will students need to access courses, resources and services at a distance and describe the ways in which they will be provided.

f) Adjustments

Indicate whether or not any accommodation to the normal instructional environment will be made for the distance education delivery mode. Provide an estimation of the impact of these changes (i.e., if a lab, group project, or other special activity is an integral part of the residential offerings for this program, what will be done to compensate for or to accommodate this requirement in the distance education offering that will assure the expected pedagogical outcome?)

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