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Board of Regents Policy 5.210 Board of Regents Policy 5.210



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Distance Education and Offsite Instruction

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Regents Policy Chapter 5, Academic Affairs
Regents Policy RP 5.210, Distance Education and Offsite Instruction
Effective Date:  Oct. 18, 2002
Prior Dates Amended:  Mar. 5, 1981; June 19, 1998; Oct. 31, 2014 (recodified)
Review Date:  August 2018

I. Purpose

To set forth policy on distance education and offsite instruction and its responsibilities.

II. Definitions

“Distance education” is instruction delivered synchronously or asynchronously using one or more technologies that support regular and substantive interaction between students who are separated from the instructor.

“Offsite instruction” is instruction offered at a location off campus in which there is direct contact between students and faculty.

III. Board of Regents Policy

    A. In keeping with its established purpose as the state’s sole public university, the university strives to provide quality education and training to meet state needs and provide postsecondary access and opportunity for the people of Hawai‘i. To achieve these ends, the university is committed to a vigorous distance education effort and offsite instruction.

    B. Distance education is instruction delivered synchronously or asynchronously using one or more technologies that support regular and substantive interaction between students who are separated from the instructor.

    C. Offsite instruction is instruction offered at a location off campus in which there is direct contact between students and faculty.

    D. The university’s on-going goal shall be to offer distance education and offsite instruction in Hawai‘i at a cost to the student similar to charges for regular on-campus instruction. Applicable nonresident tuition applies unless superseded or supplemented by special credit course or other fees approved by the president.

    E. Responsibility for Distance Education and Offsite Instruction

        1. A fundamental requirement for distance education is that the quality and standards of such courses and programs be comparable in rigor and breadth to similar on campus instructional programs of the university and focus on student outcomes. It is the responsibility of faculty to establish or approve standards that apply to all instructional programs of their campus, and to apply those standards to on- and off-campus programs in the process of program review.

        2. It is the responsibility of the university and campus administration to ensure that distance programs are consistent with institutional role and mission; that there is a planning and evaluation process and academic oversight; that the technology infrastructure and services and associated faculty support are adequate to enable instructional quality; and that there are appropriate processes for verification of student identity. In addition, distant/offsite learners have comparable access to campus services including but not limited to admissions, orientation, financial aid, registration, advisement, tutoring, and library services.

IV. Delegation of Authority

There is no policy specific delegation of authority.

V. Contact Information

Office of the Board of Regents, 956-8213, bor@hawaii.edu

VI. References


VII. Exhibits and Appendices

No Exhibits and Appendices found

Approved

    Approved as to Form:    
    Cynthia Quinn    
    October 31, 2014    
    Date    
    Executive Administrator and Secretary of the Board of Regents

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