St. Cloud State University Policies & Procedures

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Current Status: Approved

Policy Type: All University

Department/Division: Academic Affairs

Effective Date: 05/22/2020

Last Updated: 05/27/2020

Applies To: Students, Faculty, Staff

Responsible University Officer: Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Policy Owner: Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Affairs

Policy Contact: Online Education

Rationale

St. Cloud State University recognizes the advantages of online learning for our students and is committed to support teaching & learning goals and quality that are consistent for all delivery methods and in keeping with the university’s mission.

Policy

Online instruction, as defined by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and SCSU must meet criteria defined by the HLC.  All curriculum, instruction, and student support for online education programs and courses will be comparable in quality and standards to programs offered in face-to-face instructional formats. Online courses and degree programs must meet the standards below.

Online Standards:

Online Degree Program

St. Cloud State University expects that the following criteria must be met before a degree program can be offered in an online format. The program has been shown to meet a discernable need by Academic Affairs and does not negatively impact any existing programs at SCSU.

The degree program and liberal education requirements are offered entirely online and allow students to graduate in a timeframe equal to face-to-face programs.

It is required that all online instruction must be conducted within the learning management system that has been selected and supported by the Minnesota State System or SCSU.

Online learning development will reside in the framework of existing University curriculum policies and procedures for academic courses and programs (see Related Policies below).

Online Course

St. Cloud State University expects that the following criteria must be met before an individual course can be offered in an online format. The course has been shown to meet a discernable need by a department and does not negatively impact any existing courses at SCSU.

The course is offered entirely online and allows departments to schedule courses which may not be available face-to-face, or enables students to graduate in established timeframes.

It is required that all online instruction must be conducted within the learning management system that has been selected and supported by the Minnesota State System or SCSU.

Procedure

To ensure these standards are understood an instructor handbook and a student handbook are provided which include expectations and resources.

Related St. Cloud State University Policies

Supporting URLs

Websites, Related External Documents, Statutes

Contacts

Responsible University Officer
   Gregory, Daniel D.
   Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
 
ddgregory@stcloudstate.edu
320-308-3143
Owner
   Cornell-Swanson, LaVonne J.
   Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Affairs
 
lcornellswanson@stcloudstate.edu
320-308-4785
Contact
   Erickstad, Susan M.
   Online Education
 
serickstad@stcloudstate.edu
320-308-3049

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