The Higher Learning Commission and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) have adopted the “Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC): Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education” as the standards by which online programs are evaluated and accredited. Nine specific categories are identified and cover all aspects of online program delivery and assessment. Demonstrated compliance with these guidelines is a requirement for regional accreditation through HLC and membership in SARA. Lack of compliance with these guidelines can lead to loss of institutional accreditation or other significant penalties and sanctions. Third party rankings, such as the U.S. News Ranking of Online Programs, use evidence of compliance with the C-RAC guidelines to review and rank institutions.
Excerpt from the Electronically Delivered Course Guidelines: Section 1.
CTL uses an internal rubric based on Quality Matters and the Online Learning Commission (OLC). Please review this rubric prior to submitting your course for an internal review. The information on this page addresses HLC requirements, and allows faculty to fulfill their obligation.
Internal Course Reviews
CTL offers a UCM unique standard internal review that addresses course design only. A school or college can decide to complete an online course review above and beyond the basic rubric...
The information on this page addresses the Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education requirements, and allows faculty to fulfill their obligation.