Note that shared online and residential programs must maintain identical program learning outcomes, see the Program PLO Comparability Policy.
Please send suggestions on changes or improvements to this policy to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
As decided by Provost
Any necessary differences in core courses due to the delivery formats should be rare, well justified, and approved at the Provost level. The rationale for any differences must be documented in writing, and approved by designated representatives in the cognizant Provost’s office. In general, the threshold for approval of differences for graduate and doctorate programs will be more stringent than for bachelors or lower programs. If core courses differ by more than twenty-five percent (25%), rounded down by credit hour, between programs in residential and online delivery format, the programs cannot be considered the same. Examples of how to apply the limits: A program with 39 credit hours of major core course requirements may differ by up to 9 credit hours (25% of 39 credits hours is 9.75, rounded down).
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