ERIC Number: ED212217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Measurement of Quality in Off-Campus Credit Programs: A Non-Intrusive Approach by a State Agency.
Lynd, Albert; Powell, Randall R.
Guidelines adopted by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education for institutions offering undergraduate and graduate courses at off-campus locations are presented. The following areas are addressed: determination of courses to be offered, standards of credit courses offered at off-campus locations, faculty, administrative organization and academic policy, resources and facilities, student services, and credit for prior learning awarded by examination or by nontraditional assessment methods. The guidelines are recommended for all higher education institutions in Missouri. The most important element in the guidelines is the belief that off-campus activities should evolve from the on-campus programmatic strengths and academic expertise of the institution. Equally important is the conviction that there should not be a double standard to any aspect of the educational activity of an institution. In early 1980, the representatives to Missouri's three Regional Coordinating Councils agreed that all institutions should conduct self-studies regarding off-campus courses. In responding to the standards contained in the guidelines, institutions were asked to identify strengths and weaknesses of their off-campus offerings. In addition, a survey of off-campus offerings was conducted by the Missouri Department of Higher Education to provide institutions with information to aid in long-range planning, and to ascertain where there appear to be problems of unnecessary duplication. Appended survey results include: course title, credit hours awarded, enrollment, status of faculty (full-time/adjunct), and course location. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Administration, College Faculty, Credit Courses, Educational Facilities, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Resources, Extension Education, Graduate Study, Guidelines, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Off Campus Facilities, Private Colleges, Self Evaluation (Groups), State Boards of Education, State Colleges, State Standards, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Joint Conference of the Southern Association for Institutional Research and the North Carolina Association for Institutional Research (Charlotte, NC, October 29-30, 1981).