Distance Education Resources

Distance Education is any formal instruction that is not conducted on the home campus. This can include a wide range of modalities, from off-campus face-to-face to fully online courses and programs. Distance Education at all public institutions of higher education in Texas is designed to provide residents across the state with access to courses and programs that meet their needs. These policies are intended to ensure distance education course and program quality as well as to prevent unnecessary duplication of these courses and programs.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides information and guidance to public institutions of higher education regarding the approval of online, off-campus, and self-supporting courses and programs, and off-campus educational units.

Higher Education Regional Councils

The Higher Education Regional Councils have oversight over many, but not all, off-campus lower-division courses and programs offered by community colleges, universities, health-related institutions, public technical colleges, and Lamar State Colleges in Texas.

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Programs of Study

Programs of Study work to align college and career readiness standards and career and technical education standards with the knowledge, skills, and abilities students are expected to demonstrate. Programs of study incorporate multiple entry and exit points which include industry-recognized certifications, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, and credit transfer agreements between community colleges. All courses in the Program of Study curricula must be adopted as published unless otherwise noted on the curriculum pages below.

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