ERIC Number: ED468164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Best Practices for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO. Western Cooperative for Educational Communications.
These "Best Practices" have been developed by eight regional accrediting commissions in response to the emergence of technologically mediated instruction offered at a distance as an important component of higher education. They attempt to address concerns that regional accreditation standards are not relevant to the new distributed learning environments, especially when those environments are experienced by off-campus students. The "Best Practices" are divided into five components, each of which addresses an area of institutional activity relevant to distance education. They are: (1) institutional context and commitment; (2) curriculum and instruction; (3) faculty support; (4) student support; and (5) evaluation and assessment. The section for each component begins with a general statement followed by individual numbered paragraphs addressing specific matters describing those elements essential to quality distance education programming. These are followed by protocols in the form of questions designed to assist in determining the existence of those elements when reviewing distance education activities internally or externally. (SLD)
Descriptors: Certification, Degrees (Academic), Distance Education, Educational Practices, Higher Education, Telecommunications
For full text: http://www.wcet.info/Accrediting%20-%20Best%20Practices.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO. Western Cooperative for Educational Communications.