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Courses Offered Off Campus for Graduate * Credit or On campus Graduate Courses in Nontraditional Formats - 1C11

Proposals for courses to be offered off campus for graduate credit shall be submitted by the academic unit to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, who, in consultation with appropriate committees of the Graduate Council, shall make recommendations to the Provost. If approved, courses will receive normal residence credit. Prior approval is required (1) whenever courses are offered off campus for the first time; (2) whenever the format of the course is changed, and (3) whenever the facilities or support services available to the student are changed.

Courses delivered electronically are considered courses in nontraditional formats, and in most instances, are courses offered off campus. Courses delivered electronically and offered for graduate credit must be in a fully interactive format and must be approved by the Course Review Committee of the Graduate Council. Programs requesting approval to deliver courses electronically must include:

  1. a copy of the Form 93 for the course, along with its appropriate attachments;

  2. identification of sites; provisions for site monitoring; faculty visits to each site, as appropriate;

  3. identification of support services for students at the sites, e.g., access to libraries, laboratories, computers, etc.; and

  4. identification of the means for student accessibility to the faculty, including special provisions such as FAX, e-mail, telephone, and availability of faculty office hours for off campus students.

Credit. Credit for off campus courses and/or courses offered in nontraditional formats shall be awarded in accordance with University policy governing traditional coursework, i.e., fifteen hours of instruction (excluding final examinations) and appropriate assignments and examinations for each hour of credit.

Only approved courses numbered 400 or above are acceptable for graduate credit. A course may contain students working for graduate credit, undergraduate credit, continuing education units, or for no credit. The enrollment in such a course is to be limited, however, to students as defined below, unless exceptions are approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Continuing education units are not accepted for graduate credit.

Students. Students seeking admission to an off campus course available for graduate credit shall meet admissions criteria that are identical or equivalent to on campus criteria. A student wishing graduate credit may apply for admission as an unclassified graduate student or for admission to a program. Students may enroll for one term while their applications are in the "classification pending" category. Courses numbered above 499 are for graduate students only; undergraduates may not enroll without the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

Students admitted to programs authorized to be offered only on campus may earn no more than half of the program requirements through courses delivered to off campus sites.

Faculty. Faculty who teach off campus graduate courses and/or courses offered in nontraditional formats shall have academic qualifications equivalent to faculty who teach on campus graduate courses, i.e., graduate faculty status at SIUE or temporary approval from the Graduate Dean.

* Not applicable to courses that are part of an off campus degree program.

Approved by Provost effective 4/7/95
This policy was issued on January 11, 2002, replacing the April 3, 2000 version.
Document Reference: 1C11
Origin: Graduate School; OP 11/5/90; OP 6/3/91; PVP 10/14/94; GC 4/7/95