Academic Program Proposals From Degree-Granting Institutions Authorized to Operate in the State of Maryland

Distance Education Programs

Where an institution is seeking to offer a distance education program, where that program has not been previously approved, a full program proposal is required that addresses all program review criteria that Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13B.02.03.06 outlines. Additionally, the proposal should directly and explicitly address the State’s Principles of Good Practice for Distance Education as outlined in COMAR 13B.02.03.22C. To ensure institutions explicitly and directly address these principles, it is recommended that a program proposal include an appendix that details how they address the Principles.

Where an institution is proposing to make available an existing program as a distance education option a distance education program shall be submitted by the institution to the Commission before implementation and shall contain the following information:

  1. The title of the program and the degree or certificate to be awarded;

  2. The resource requirements for the program and the source of funds to support the program for the first 2 years of program implementation;
  3. The need and demand of the program in terms of:
    1. Specific local, regional and State need for graduates;
    2. Job opportunities that are available to those who complete the program and;
    3. Evidence of market demand through supporting data, including results of survey’s that have recently been conducted;

  4. If a similar program is offered within the State, a description of:
    1. Area of specialization, and
    2. Specific academic content of the program;

  5. A description of the method of instructional delivery; and 

  6. A brief description of the academic oversight, quality control and student services to be provided.
  7. Evidence that addresses the Principles of Good Practice (pdf) ​ (as outlined in COMAR 13B.02.03.22C)​