EBA(LEGAL) - ALTERNATE METHODS OF INSTRUCTION: DISTANCE EDUCATION

Definitions

Continuing Education Course

Distance Education

Distance Education Course

  1. Fully Distance Education Course: A course that may have mandatory face-to-face sessions totaling no more than 15 percent of the instructional time. Examples of face-to-face sessions include orientation, laboratory, exam review, or an in-person test.
  2. Hybrid/Blended Course: A course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent) of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place.

Non-credit Course

Self-Supporting Courses and Programs

Workforce Continuing Education Course

Applicability of Subchapter P

Standards and Criteria

Generally

  1. Institutions shall comply with the standards and criteria of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  2. Institutions shall adhere to criteria outlined in Principles of Good Practice for Academic Degree and Certificate Programs and Credit Courses Offered Electronically.
  3. Students shall be provided academic support services appropriate for distance education, such as advising, career counseling, library, and other learning resources.
  4. Institutions shall report enrollments, courses, and graduates associated with distance education offerings as required by the commissioner.
  5. If a non-Texas resident student enrolls in regular, on-campus courses for at least one-half of the normal full-time course load as determined by the institution, the institution may report that student's fully distance education or hybrid/blended courses for formula-funding enrollments.

Out-of-State

Exception
Location
Definitions
  1. The internet;
  2. One-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices;
  3. Audio conferencing; or
  4. Video cassettes, DVDs, and CD–ROMs, if the cassettes, DVDs, or CD–ROMs are used in a course in conjunction with any of the technologies listed at 1 through 3, above.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Distance Education Programs

  1. Each program shall be within the role and mission of the institution responsible for offering the instruction and shall be on the inventory of approved programs.
  2. Prior approval by the Coordinating Board may be required before an institution may offer programs in certain subject area disciplines or under other conditions specified by the Coordinating Board or the commissioner.
  3. An institution offering a degree or certificate program shall comply with the standards and criteria of any specialized accrediting agency or professional certification board.
  4. Each degree program offered by distance education shall be approved by an institution's governing board or the board's institutional designee. Certification of approval shall be submitted to the Coordinating Board upon request.
  5. An institution shall require that students, except for students in out-of-country programs, enrolled in a distance education degree program satisfy the same requirements for admission to the institution and the program as required of regular on-campus students. Students in degree programs to be offered collaboratively shall meet the admission standards of their home institution.
  6. Out-of-country students shall meet equivalent standards for admission into programs and shall be assessed for academic guidance purposes in a manner determined by the admitting institution.

Distance Education Courses

  1. Each course shall be within the role and mission of the institution responsible for offering the instruction and shall be on its inventory of approved courses.
  2. All courses shall meet the quality standards applicable to on-campus courses.
  3. Institutions shall report to the Coordinating Board, in accordance with Coordinating Board policy and procedures, all distance education courses and programs.
  4. Students shall satisfy the same requirement for enrollment in an academic credit course as required of on-campus students, except that out-of-country students shall meet equivalent standards for enrollment in an academic credit course and shall be assessed for academic guidance purposes in a manner determined by the admitting institution.
  5. The instructor of record shall bear responsibility for the delivery of instruction and for evaluation of student progress.
  6. Prior Coordinating Board approval may be required before an institution may offer programs in certain subject area disciplines or under other conditions specified by the Coordinating Board or the commissioner.

Distance Education Faculty

  1. Faculty shall be selected and evaluated by equivalent standards, review, and approval procedures used by the institution to select and evaluate faculty responsible for on-campus courses.
  2. Institutions shall provide training and support to enhance the added skills required of the faculty teaching courses through electronic means.
  3. The supervising, monitoring, and evaluating processes for faculty shall be equivalent to those for on-campus courses.

Institutional Plan

  1. Institutional issues;
  2. Educational programs;
  3. Faculty;
  4. Student support services; and
  5. Distance education facilities and support.

Funding

Formula Funding

Fees

Note: For more information regarding distance education, including related approval processes, reporting deadlines, and forms, visit the Coordinating Board's Distance Education Modifications and Requests website.

Weatherford College

EBA(LEGAL)-LJC

UPDATE 38

DATE ISSUED: 5/13/2020