ERIC Number: ED476891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Off-Campus Instructional Sites: An Overview of the Issue in Virginia Public Higher Education. SCHEV Issue Paper.
This paper outlines issues related to off-campus instructional sites for Virginia's public colleges and universities. Until the late 1980s, the State Council of Higher Education provided oversight for the off-campus instructional activities of public institutions of higher education. Until the mid-1990s, the Council remained interested in "instruction" more than sites for off-campus instruction. Since July 1997, separate and specific polices and procedures related to off-campus sites and campuses have been contained within the Council's broader policies and procedures related to public institutions' organizational changes. In 2002, it came to light that some institutions were operating off-campus sites without Council approval, or even knowledge. This has caused the Council to take a closer look at off-campus offerings. The State Council of Higher Education does not approve academic programs on a site-by-site basis, and any academic program approved by the Council may be offered off-campus. In addition, it is noted that neither the Code of Virginia nor the policies of the State Council of Higher Education restricts public colleges and universities to geographic service regions. To subject public institutions to additional regulations of off-campus sites would restrict the ability of institutions to offer program and burden the Council. Current efforts at the state level to impose regulation on state-funded off-campus activities and sites are likely to contribute to even more privately funded sites for public institutions. (SLD)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Higher Education, Off Campus Facilities, Public Colleges, State Regulation
For full text: http://www.schev.edu/Reportstats/OffCampusInstructionalSites01-10-03.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia