Distance Education Policies



  • The University will allow students to select any distance education courses that match their preference.
  • However, distance education courses should support the traditional courses, not supplant them.  In other words, the distance education courses should exist for students who cannot conveniently enroll in on-campus courses.

Scope of  Distance Education Guidelines

  • The same University guidelines applied to face-to-face classrooms in the course catalog, faculty handbook, and student handbook will also apply to distance education classrooms.

Distance Learning Council

  • The Distance Learning Advisory Council will advise the Center for Distance Learning on certain matters.  These matters include, but are not limited to, faculty training and support, maintenance of equipment and resources, marketing the program, seeking grant support, assessment of distance education quality, and qualifications of faculty who may teach distance education courses.
  • The Advisory Council will advise the Provost regarding proposals to offer distance education courses and distance education resources.
  • The Council will advise Chancellor and Provost regarding proposed institutional agreements that may use resources supporting distance education.
  • The Distance Learning Advisory Council will be responsible for collecting and retaining records regarding distance education activities.  Such records will include, but not be limited to:  (a) policies; (b) proposals; (c) contracts; memoranda of agreement, or other institutional agreements governing the development and implementation of distance learning courses or programs of study, and the use of distance education resources; (d) THEC classification of courses; (e) documentation of faculty training; (f) course enrollments, (g) course evaluations; (h) assessment of distance learning courses.

Administrative Structure

  • The UTC Learn Online is housed in the Division of Lifelong Learning and under the supervision of Dean of that division.

Scope of Authority

  • The principles presented here represent the best practices that academic departments/programs should follow for the design and implementation of distance learning experiences. These policies represent an interpretation of UT System and UTC policies and regulations as they apply to distance education.  
  • The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost “is responsible for all academic programs.” (1.3.2. Faculty Handbook). Consequently, the Provost is responsible for the approval of the distance learning curriculum and has the authority to approve the use and allocation of campus resources that support these academic functions.