DL Administrative Policies

ACC Administrative Rules

Review the administrative rule for details.

Distance Learning Best Practices [AR 4.01.001]

Full-Time Faculty Workload [AR 4.03.004]PDF

  • Section 4: Instructional Faculty
    • A. Assignment
    • K. Office Hours
  • Section 6: Distance Education Courses
    • A. Computing LEH and Compensation

Faculty Evaluation [AR 6.07.001]

Distance Learning Committee

  • The Distance Learning Committee:
    • Reviews policies and guidelines, and recommends changes to support quality DL programs.
    • Establishes standards of good practice for DL course development and delivery based on SACS and THECB guidelines.
    • Assists in the analysis of evaluation for DL student support services, and recommends changes to improve activities and outcomes.
    • Advises staff on faculty development and resources needed to design, develop and implement quality DL courses.

Distance Learning Instruction Series

  • In order to meet SACS and Coordinating Board requirements, ACC instructors must complete the Distance Learning Instruction Series before teaching a DL course. The series provides information, examples, and tips on teaching effective and engaging DL courses. The series is divided into four modules, each of which focuses on one major component of DL instruction. All four modules must be completed in order to receive credit for the series.

Accrediting Agencies

DL courses, certificates, and degree programs should adhere to best practices established by the accrediting agencies and organizations that govern ACC.

Southern Association of Colleges & Schools

Southern Regional Education Board

  • Texas is one of sixteen states participating in SREB's Electronic Campus. All courses and programs listed in the Electronic Campus are reviewed against SREB's Principles of Good Practice by the offering college.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Texas State Legislature

  • House Bill 2504 requires public institutions of higher education to publish course syllabus information and Curriculum Vitae for each instructor on the Internet. Refer to the Lighthouse tutorial for additional information and instructions.

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