Nov 18, 2019  

Academic Affairs

Academic Resources
02:16:00 Academic Resources 


  1. Introduction
    1. In accordance with Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Policy No. 2:05:00:00 and Guideline A-020, Chattanooga State Community College recognizes opportunities for delivering quality education through the use of modern telecommunications and computer technology. The College encourages departments and divisions to take advantage of these opportunities in carrying out their program goals. In the implementation of instructional delivery there must be adequate controls to assure quality in instruction and management.
  2. Distance education is an established and effective method for extending educational opportunities. To provide the citizens of Tennessee with greater access to postsecondary education, the Board of Regents affirms the effectiveness of distance education, recommends the use and development of distance education technologies, and encourages institutions to take advantage of such opportunities in carrying out their individual missions.
  3. Definition
    1. Distance education occurs when there is physical separation of the teacher and learner and when communication and instruction take place through, or are supported by, any technological means such as telephone, radio, television, computers, satellite delivery, interactive video, or any combination of present and future telecommunication technologies. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) also include branch campuses and off-site locations as distance learning.
    2. Distance learning does not include traditional classroom or laboratory courses that may use or require computers, audio visual aids, or other materials as part of or in support of education.
D. Mission Statement
  1. The Center for Distributed Education (CDE) collaborates with divisions and departments to provide the highest standards of alternative delivery courses. We provide online (eLearn) and Synchronous Teaching (eLive) courses for students working toward an Associate's Degree and/or Certification at Chattanooga State.
  2. Standards of Quality
  3. Courses offered through distance learning must meet the same quality standards maintained in regular credit and non-credit instruction. Specifically, courses taught in this mode must meet quality standards set forth in college policies relative to course review and approval, faculty evaluation, student performance, teacher-student interaction, and support services.
  1. Training
    1. Faculty wishing to teach courses offered through Distributed Education are required to attend training through CDE and should review the policies and procedures found on the CDE website,
  2. Records
    1. No distinction shall be made between student credit hours generated through distance learning and those generated through on-campus instruction.
  3. Teaching Load Equivalent
    1. Distance learning courses count as part of a faculty member's regular teaching load. The amount of load is determined by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the department head and must be approved by the president. The Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with each department will determine appropriate class size for distance learning courses.

For supplemental information refer to TBR Guideline A-070.
Source: Tennessee Board of Regents, Policy No. 2:05:00:00
Tennessee Board of Regents, Guideline No. A-070

Approved: Executive Staff, 05/20/09
Approved: President's Cabinet, 05/20/09
Approved: President, 05/20/09
Reviewed and Revised by: Academic Affairs, 03/20/09