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Category:
Academic Affairs



Responsible Office:

Policy Title:
Credit-bearing Off-campus Instructional Activities, Administration of

Document Number:
1304

Effective Date:
December 12, 1988


This policy item applies to:
Community Colleges
State-Operated Campuses
Table of Contents
Summary

Policy
Definitions
Other Related Information
Procedures
Forms
Authority
History
Appendices


Summary

These guidelines relate to the offering of extension courses and other special off-campus programs.


Policy

In an effort to promote more coordinated planning and assure quality offerings of extension courses and other special off-campus programs within the State University of New York, the following guidelines have been developed. These guidelines are not intended to restrict campuses from developing off-campus programs.

Rather, the guidelines are intended to encourage the development, improvement, and expansion of off-campus courses and programs, thereby continuing to provide the citizens of New York State greater access to quality public higher education.

Each campus will establish policies for off-campus instruction which are consistent with the following:


Definitions

Off-campus credit-bearing instructional activity – credit-bearing courses and/or programs which are taught off-campus. It does not refer to field trips, internships, student teaching, cooperative education, international programs or the like, which are supervised by on-campus faculty for students enrolled primarily in on-campus programs.


Other Related Information

The New York State Education Department Commissioner's Regulations, Sections 50.1 (q) (r) (s) (t) and 54.1-3, govern instruction offered at locations other than the principal center of an institution or on the campus of another degree-granting institution. If a complete program is to be conducted at an off-campus site, that site is to be designated a branch campus, which must be approved through a master plan amendment. A complete program offered by one institution but conducted on another institution's campus is referred to as an inter-institutional program and still requires a master plan amendment.

If no complete program is offered but more than 15 credit-bearing courses are conducted, or there are more than 350 credit-course registrations in an academic year, an off-campus location is regarded as an extension center and must be approved by the University and the New York State Education Department.

An extension site, an off-campus instructional location with a lower level of activity, does not require external approval. All courses offered for credit at an extension site or an extension center must be part of the registered curricula at the campus's principal center or branch campus, and current records for such off-campus activity must be maintained.

Actions for approval of extension centers should be initiated through the office of the provost following the form and procedures outlined in the New York State Education Department memorandum to chief executive officers number 80-16 of September 19, 1980. Actions for establishment of branch campuses should be discussed with the office of the provost.




Procedures

There are no procedures relevant to this policy.


Forms

There are no forms relevant to this policy.


Authority

The New York State Education Department Commissioner's Regulations §§ 50.1 (q) (r) (s) (t) and 54.1- 3


History

Memorandum to presidents from the office of the provost, dated December 12, 1988.

Memorandum to chief executive officers from the office of the vice chancellor for academic programs, policy and planning, dated September 19, 1980.


Appendices

There are no appendices relevant to this policy.