Support Infrastructure: The University shall assure that the institution's administrative policies and procedures allow for an effective and efficient distance education support infrastructure with sufficient resource allocation to maintain the quality of offerings and services.
Coordination: The University shall maintain a central repository for distance education program information and a support structure for facilitating the development and refinement of distance education programs, policies, procedures, and services university-wide.
DISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Mission Compatibility: Programs offered via distance education shall
be consistent with the role and mission of Auburn University and the offering units.
Equivalency: There shall be no distinctions between programs offered through distance education and those offered on campus.
Extension of Campus-Based Offerings: Only approved programs offered on campus shall be offered via distance education.
Selection Authority: Selection of programs to be offered via distance education is the purview of the appropriate academic unit.
Faculty Oversight: Qualified faculty shall provide oversight of a program that is offered via distance education to insure currency of the program, its courses, and resources.
Program Value: Each program of study shall be coherent and complete and shall result in learning outcomes appropriate to the rigor and breadth of the degree or certificate awarded.
Internal Program Approval: Prior to implementation, proposed distance education programs are to be reviewed and approved by the process as adopted by the Board in August of 1997 and subsequently approved by Academic Affairs. (This procedural document, Distance Education Program and Tuition Proposal and Review Procedures, is located in Section III of this document). [Board of Trustees, August 1997; effective January 1, 1998]
Program Accreditation and Approvals
External Program Approval: As necessary and appropriate, a proposed program shall complete the approval processes of state, regional, or other agencies or associations germane to the conduct of the academic program at Auburn University ( i.e., ACHE, SACS).
Accreditations: Distance education programs shall meet the same requirements as resident programs holding special accreditations.
Program Continuation: Once implemented, the offering academic units and the university commit to ongoing support, both financial and technical, and to the continuation of the program for a period sufficient