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Hello all.

I am trying to put together some resources for departments interested in moving programs online and so am wondering if any of you have a business plan for putting a program online that you’d be willing to share.


Anything you have would be greatly appreciated.





Kristen Brown
Assistant Director for Online Learning
Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning
University of Louisville
p: (502) 852-8565


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sounds like a great idea--me too. ________________________________
Yes, please share! Thank you, Sandie Sandra L. Miller, Ed.D. Director of Instruction & Research Technology William Paterson University 300 Pompton Road Wayne, NJ 07470 973.720.2530 Think before you print
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Will do but I haven't received anything yet, unfortunately.
Hello, Kristen. I've had this in the back of my mind all day. I think the reason you haven't received anything is that everyone's situation is different. I'm not sure that what I would sketch out from a public institution perspective would be very useful for a private institution; ditto community college vs. R1. Here are just some of the questions that need to be addressed. How is tuition revenue captured at your institution? CAN it be captured? Is any of it distributed to colleges/departments? Do SCH or FTE generated matter? (At some public institutions in some situations, credit hours are almost legal tender.) Who sets tuition? How flexible can it be? Can delivery or other special fees be added or must expenses be covered by tuition only? Is there a distance/continuing/extended education unit that administers online courses? What are its financial arrangements/expectations? Does that unit have to pay a tax or overhead amount to the central campus budget? How many indirect or non-instructional costs must be covered from revenue? Staff time? And this can vary quite independently from any fiscal policies or structures: is it more important to provide incentives to faculty or to departments? Is "profit" a dirty word? Or can you call it surplus, excess revenue, residue . . . ? Who is your competition? What kind of capacity do you have for growth? Etc., etc., etc., . . . I wish I could be more help, but there just don't seem to be many generic answers out there. Good luck! Peg Wherry Director of Online and Distance Learning Extended University Montana State University 128 EPS Building, P. O. Box 173860 Bozeman, MT 59717-3860 Tel (406) 994-6685 Fax (406) 994-7856