Commission-accredited schools must petition for comprehensive distance education approval whenever the number of online* courses they plan to offer could constitute at least half the credits required for any approved degree (per Policies and Procedures IV.F.1).
This approval is needed only once, after which it applies to all approved degrees the school may wish to offer online—partially or totally.^ Schools with comprehensive distance education approval under the pre-2020 Standards do NOT need to seek this approval again. Schools offering online courses that constitute less than half a degree do not need this approval. In completing this form, please include links to additional documentation as requested or as deemed helpful. Your Commission staff liaison will contact you if there are any questions regarding this petition.
*Hybrid courses that have both onsite and online components are considered to be online courses only if at least half of the instruction occurs online, i.e., where the instructor and students are not in the same physical location (per Policies and Procedures IV.F).
^Standard 5.15 also requires a petition for an experiment to offer more than half the coursework for the PhD online, unless already approved to do so. Schools with any questions should consult their Commission staff liaison.