As higher education institutions determine whether or not to initiate or expand distance education offerings, there are many considerations and levels of decision making that need to be measured. This study investigated the role of key administrators at the departmental chair and dean levels in expanding distance education offerings. Findings of this study included faculty and student considerations, resources and external support, and integration costs of distance education offerings as major considerations within distance education decision making. Furthermore, the need for realistic timelines, planning for the associated costs of distance education offerings, and current tenure and promotion policies are discussed. The findings of the study provide insight into the planning, preparation, development, and implementation stages of distance education offerings.
Styron, Jennifer L.; Wang, Shuyan; and Styron, Ronald A. Jr.
"Considerations of Distance Education Integration: A Qualitative Study,"
Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange (JETDE): Vol. 2
, Article 6.
Available at: http://aquila.usm.edu/jetde/vol2/iss1/6