Initial Approval Process for Online Programs/Courses

Those Schools looking to propose the creation of an online or hybrid program should utilize the College policy for program approval.

Online and hybrid programs follow the same policy in this regard as any other program. See Guidelines for New Program Development [pdf] available on the Provost's website.

The determination to offer individual courses online or hybrid outside of a fully online or hybrid program (i.e. the selection, frequency, and eligibility to teach) is a matter of academic policy that can have substantive implications for resources and other matters. Subject to policies and restrictions established by the School, this determination is made at the department level consistent with the normal discretion of the School dean and the provost.

In addition to School specific processes, all online and hybrid courses, both as part of an online program or individual online courses, will follow the course development process outlined below, including review and approval by the instructor developing the course and the educational technologist. The department chair/program director, or a designee of their choosing with expertise in the course content area, may also choose to review and approve the course prior to its first offering. Approval of a course does not ensure that it will be offered in any particular semester. The determination to offer a course resides within the department and School. Courses may be cancelled subject to low enrollment. Department chair/program director must file a change of modality form with the Registrar's Office for any course offered on the ground that becomes an online or hybrid offering. Compensation to teach online and hybrid courses will be consistent with the procedures for campus courses.