ERIC Number: ED421989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Education: A Consumer's Guide. What Distance Learners Need To Know.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO. Western Cooperative for Educational Communications.
This pamphlet is intended to assist the consumer in making informed decisions when choosing between distance learning programs. Distance education and distance learners are defined. Included is advice on beginning a program search; choosing a school; accreditation; evaluating quality of electronically offered programs; evaluate non-accredited schools; choosing the appropriate technological delivery; and making a decision. Lists of six published guides, five pertinent Web sites, and six higher education regional accrediting boards follow. The pamphlet includes an insert containing: (1) "Principles of Good Practice for Electronically Offered Academic Degree and Certificate Programs." These Principles are the product of a Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications Project, "Balancing Quality and Access: Reducing State Policy Barriers to Electronically Delivered Higher Education Programs." The Principles include curriculum and instruction; institutional context and commitment; evaluation and assessment; and a list of relevant WICHE publications, with price and ordering information. (DLS)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, College Choice, Directories, Distance Education, Educational Quality, Extension Education, External Degree Programs, Institutional Evaluation, Open Universities, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Telecommunications, Telecourses
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752, phone: 303-541-0290; World Wide Web: http://www.wiche.edu
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO. Western Cooperative for Educational Communications.