Web-based Degree Programs: An Administrative Perspective on What It Takes to Make Them Work
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AbstractEducational programs delivered via the Internet are no longer the wave of the future-the wave has arrived at our educational shores. The recent proliferation of single courses, as well as fully web-based academic programs, has been phenomenal. An institution's decision to develop and deliver a fully web-based academic program requires far more than having willing faculty in place and a delivery system. From the outset, there must be the highest level of administrative support for the initial start-up, on-going costs, and faculty and student concerns and needs. This paper will examine the commitment, infrastructure, and support required to administer fully on-line academic degree programs as opposed to individual on-line courses. The authors, all experienced web-based program administrators, will provide three perspectives to this topic.