DLC Program Review Criteria
What programs should be presented to the Distance Learning Council for review?
1. Degree programs through which a student can earn the entire degree at a distance. These are of greatest concern and have accreditation implications for the university’s agreement with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
2. Any degree program through which a student can earn 25% or more of the degree through distance/online courses.
3. Any academic certificate that is not part of an existing pre-approved distance/online degree program where a student can earn 25% or more of the certificate through distance/online courses.
This document outlines the Distance Learning Council process for reviewing proposals.
Review the Distance Learning Council Proposal Form and the DLC Program Review rubric. The DLC proposal form includes a list of additional questions you will be asked to address in the online program proposal system (refer to Step 2).
The DLC program review rubric below should be submitted to the DLC after your first full year of operation. The rubric also provides you with a set of guidelines regarding DLC expectations for online/distance degree programs.
This rubric is a companion to the proposal form. The purpose is twofold:
- to provide new applicants with a set of guidelines regarding expectations for the program
- to have a quicker, easier way to assess the program for those who are in the DLC follow-up review stage
If your program meets the criteria for Distance Learning Council (DLC) review, follow the steps below.
Review the DLC Proposal Addendum and DLC Program Review Rubric for a set of guidelines and expectations for online/distance programs.
Submit your proposal through the online program proposal system and select distance as the delivery mode. When you select distance, you will be asked to answer additional questions based on the DLC Proposal addendum.
Visit the Curriculum Change portfolio page for instructions on accessing the online program proposal system.
After completing the online proposal, you will be contacted by the chair of the Distance Learning Council to schedule a time to present the program to the Distance Learning Council for review (allow 2 weeks).
Important: The online proposal system is new and there may be a delay in notifying the DLC chair. Contact the DLC chair to notify him/her that you have submitted a new proposal.
Present your proposal to the DLC. Your presentation should include a sample syllabus from the proposed program and a brief tour of an example online course from the program. The presentation will be followed by Q&A. DLC members will discuss the proposal immediately following the presentation.
After reviewing the materials submitted and the proposal presentation, the Distance Learning Council will approve the program, approve the program with recommendations, or ask for a resubmission of the program at a future meeting.
Contact the DLC Chair, Kathy Keairns, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about submitting a proposal for DLC review.