New Distance Education Programs

Procedure for On-Campus and System Level Approval

A proposed degree-related distance education program must first be an authorized degree program in the Academic Program Inventory for NC State and must be identical to that degree program.

If the proposed program is not currently authorized, we must follow the procedure (UNC Regulation 400.1.1[R]) outlined for new academic program development, as well as applicable procedures for distance education programs. This will require submission of a Request to Plan and Request to Establish. The Request to Plan must be submitted first, and once that document is approved departments/programs may submit the Request to Establish.

For development of new Undergraduate or Master’s Distance Education degree programs for programs that are already authorized in the Academic Program Inventory, the completion of UNC-GA Policy No. 400.1.1.1[R] Request to Deliver is required. The On-Campus Routing Form is required, but you may omit the first step (Council of Deans’ initial approval). The Signature Page is also required.

Proposed degree-related distance education programs fall into two categories as outlined below:

  1. Off-campus Instruction Offering 26-49 Percent of a Degree. Programs proposing distance education activities, including site-based/classroom group instruction or distance learning/technology-based group or individual instruction where the instructor and student are geographically separated should notify the appropriate administrative unit (Office of Undergraduate Courses and Curricula or the Graduate School). They will notify University Planning & Analysis who will coordinate the notification of SACS and copy the Senior Vice President. This must be done prior to reaching the point where 26% of a student’s credits toward graduation can be completed via Distance Education.
  2. Distance Education Programs Offering 50 Percent or More of a Degree Program. Distance education programs in which 50% or more of a degree program is provided via distance education (site-based/classroom group instruction or distance learning/technology-based group or individual instruction where the instructor and student are geographically separated) must be authorized by the UNC-GA Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and SACS must be notified (to be done by UPA). This must be completed six months in advance of implementation.

NOTE: Programs considering the development of Distance Education Doctoral or First Professional Degree Programs should consult with the Dean of the Graduate School.