Upcoming MCCVLC Webinars• Apr. 12 – Effective Practices for • New Online Student Orientation • Student Support Services • Professional Development• Apr. 19 – Accessibility for Online Learning
Comparing ProgramReviews to Accreditation How does the accreditation process inform our program reviews?
Definitions• Distance Programs (as per HLC)• Distance-delivered programs are those certificate or degree programs in which 50% or more of the required courses may be taken as distance-delivered courses.• Source: HLC Substantive Change Application
Definitions• Distance-delivered courses are those in which all or the vast majority (typically 75% or more) of the instruction and interaction occurs via electronic communication, correspondence, or equivalent mechanisms, with the faculty and students physically separated from each other.• Source: HLC Substantive Change Application
Definitions• Correspondence Education:• 1) Education provided through one or more courses by an institution under which the institution provides instructional materials, by mail or electronic transmission, including examinations on the materials, to students who are separated from the instructor.• Source: HLC Substantive Change Application
Definitions• Correspondence Education: (cont.)• (2) Interaction between the instructor and the student is limited, is not regular and substantive, and is primarily initiated by the student.• (3) Correspondence courses are typically self- paced.• (4) Correspondence education is not distance education.• Source: HLC Substantive Change Application
Seeking Approval from HLCPercentage Percentage of Distance-Delivered Offerings Bracket (calculations are based on degree programs, not certificates) 3 Up to 100% of total degree programs 2 Up to 20% of total degree programs Initiation of distance-delivered offerings up to 5% of 1 total degree programs No degree programs or more than four certificate programs (Commission policy does permit the institution to offer 0 up to four certificate programs as well as a limited number of courses leading to degree programs through distance education or correspondence education without seeking prior approval.)
Initiation with the HLCInitiation occurs and a review is required whenthe institution: – plans to initiate its first distance education degree program – has initiated four distance education certificates and plans to initiate a fifth• NOTE: Add’l language about correspondence omitted
Expansion of Distance EducationExpansion occurs and a review is requiredwhen the institution: – plans to increase its current activity in distance education degree programs (or correspondence) to a higher Percentage Bracket.
An HLC Review• Comprehensive reviews examine – curriculum, – staffing, – support services, – access to appropriate laboratory and library resources, – and all other facets of quality higher education.
Interregional Guidelines for theEvaluation of Distance Education (Online Learning) http://xlents.com/2012/02 for links and info
C-RAC (Council of RegionalAccrediting Commissions) The new guidelines have beenendorsed by all regional accrediting organizations in the U.S.
9 Hallmarks of Quality1. Appropriate to mission and purposes2. Part of regular planning and evaluation3. Incorporated into governance/oversight4. Curricula are coherent, cohesive, & comparable in academic rigor (to trad)5. Evaluates effectiveness of online offerings, incl. outcomes achievement
9 Hallmarks of Quality6. Online faculty are appropriately qualified & effectively supported7. Effective student and academic services for online students8. Sufficient resources to support and expand online offerings9. Assures integrity of online offerings
Glendale – Parts 3, 4, 5• 3.0 Evaluation of Previous Goals• 4.0 Action Plan – What is the goal? • Is it reflected in the Academic Master Plan? – What are the SLOs • Core competencies (college-wide) • Program SLOs • Course SLOs – How will it improve student learning?• 5.0 Resource Requests
Comparing On-Campus to Online Program Reviews In what ways should review of online programs be different?
A Starting Point• Gather proof that your courses are distance education courses and not correspondence courses. Gather evidence of: – Regular and substantive interaction between the instructor and the student – and not primarily initiated by the student. – Timeline expectations for online students to indicate that they are not self-paced. (Maybe!)
Comparing Online Program Data• Possible benchmarks: – Similar on-campus programs – Similar online programs – Trend analysis over time – Internally set goals or targets – State or National data (to the extent possible)
Possibilities to Consider• Course Design Quality• Online Teaching Evaluations (by admin)• Online Course Evaluations (by students)• Assessments of Learning Outcomes – College-wide outcomes – Program outcomes
3 Major Components of e-Quality Learning Level Is High Learning Assessment Teaching Level Course Design Is High Meets Standards
Designing for InteractionV. LEARNER INTERACTIONGeneral Review Standard: The effective design of instructor-learner interaction andmeaningful learner cooperation is essential to learner motivation, intellectual commitment,and personal development. (From LSC Course Design Rubric)Specific Review Standards PointsV.1 The course design provides learning activities tofoster instructor-student, content-student, and if 3appropriate, student-student interaction.V.2 The student requirements for course interactionare clearly articulated. 3V.3 Clear standards are set for instructor responseand availability (turn-around time for email, grades 2posted, etc.)
More Possibilities to Consider• Student e-Services Audit (if program specific)• Student Satisfaction Surveys• Course Completion Rate Analyses• Course Success Rate Analyses• Term-to-term Persistence Analyses• Graduation Rate Analyses• Transfer & Placement Rate Analyses
PSOL BasicsThere are 72 questions that comprise the PSOL.Average completion time is 15 minutes.26 Priorities statements (can add 10)7 Information sources about school/program11 Factors to enroll in the program3 Overall satisfaction questions14 Demographics questions (can add 1)NOTE: questions are answered on a 7-point Likert scale, where 7 is high. 34