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Survey on Distance-Delivered Courses

Wherever distance delivery is mentioned throughout this survey it means distance or correspondence delivery. The following are the Federal definitions (2009) of distance and correspondence education:

Correspondence education means:

  1. Education provided through one or more courses by an institution under which the institution provides instructional materials, by mail or electronic transmission, including examinations on the materials, to students who are separated from the instructor.
  2. Interaction between the instructor and the student is limited, is not regular and substantive, and is primarily initiated by the student.
  3. Correspondence courses are typically self-paced.
  4. Correspondence education is not distance education.

Distance Education means education that uses one or more of the technologies listed in paragraphs (1) through (4) to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and to support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor, either synchronously or asynchronously. The technologies may include:

  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

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  1. Do you have any distance-delivered courses that match the following definition?

    Distance-delivered courses are those in which all or the vast majority (typically 75% or more) of the instruction and interaction occurs via electronic communication, correspondence, or equivalent mechanisms, with the faculty and students physically separated from each other.

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  1. Are any of these courses correspondence education? (Please see definition above.)

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  1. Do you have any distance-delivered certificates or degree programs?

    Distance-delivered programs are those certificate or degree programs in which 50% or more of the required courses may be taken as distance-delivered courses.

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If you answered yes to Question 3, please complete a Distance Delivery Substantive Change Application.

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