263.0 VIII-2.61-POLICY ON OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS
  (Approved by the Board of Regents,  December 1, 1995)
 
  PREAMBLE
 
  The University of Maryland System is committed to providing access
  for all citizens to high-quality undergraduate and graduate
  programs.  This entails extending its academic programs, as need
  and demand require and as resources permit, to serve students in
  all regions of the State.  In many instances, program offerings
  will be extended beyond the bounds of what is traditionally thought
  of as the campus.
 
  The following principles will guide the decision of an institution
  to offer both an off-campus program and/or individual courses for
  credit.
 
  A.   Off-campus programs will be consistent with the approved
       mission of the institution.
 
  B.   An institution may only offer off campus a program leading to
       a degree or certificate that is authorized for that campus.
 
  C.   Standards of program quality and student performance will be
       comparable to those of the on-campus program.
 
  D.   The institution will determine the method of program delivery
       that is best suited to the educational backgrounds,
       experience, and learning styles of the students.
 
  Institutional Responsibilities
 
  Institutions that offer off-campus programs have the following
  responsibilities:
 
  A.   To provide necessary services at the off-campus site at times
       convenient to students.
 
  B.   For degree/certificate seeking students, to schedule courses
       to permit completion of the degree or certificate in a
       reasonable amount of time.
 
  C.   To keep students fully informed of program requirements and/or
       changes, program costs, and financial aid information.
 
  D.   To provide learning resources for off-campus students that are
       comparable to those provided to on-campus students.
 
  E.   To ensure that guidelines for the selection and assignment for
       faculty teaching at the off-campus site are comparable to
       those used on campus.
 
 
  I.  Definitions
 
  Program:  A sequence of courses that leads to the awarding of an
  approved degree or certificate.
 
  On-Campus Program:  Any program offered in any format by a UMS
  institution at its own main campus.
 
  Off-Campus Program:  Any program delivered in any format to a site
  other than that of the main campus of the institution offering the
  program.
 
  Closed Site:  A program offered for a particular organization or
  constituency that is not open to the general public, e.g. military
  base, hospital, or business organization.
 
  Open Site:  A program site that is open to the general public, i.e.
  access to program offered at an open site is not restricted to
  members of any particular group or organization.
 
  Tuition:  The price students pay for their education, including
  those mandatory fees that do not fund auxiliary enterprises or
  other self-funded activities.
 
 
  II.  Policy: Tuition and Fees for Off-Campus Programs
 
  A.   Applicability.  This policy applies to all degree-granting
       institutions of the University of Maryland System.  It applies
       to all courses and programs offered at open sites only.  It
       does not apply to non-credit courses or to credit courses or
       programs offered under a contract for which there may be a
       different negotiated tuition.
 
  B.   Tuition Levels.
 
       1.   Tuition for both in-state and out-of state UNDERGRADUATE
            students who are enrolled either full- or part-time in an
            off-campus program will be the same as that for the on-
            campus program (see BOR Policy VIII-2.01, A).
 
       2.   Tuition for both in-state and out-of-state GRADUATE
            students who are enrolled either full- or part-time in an
            off-campus program will be the same as that for the on-
            campus program as defined by BOR Policy VIII-2.01, B.
 
       3.   The total cost (tuition and mandatory fees) to the
            student enrolled in an off-campus program will not exceed
            that for the student enrolled in the on-campus program,
            unless a waiver is granted.  Where an institution can
            demonstrate that to deliver a quality off-campus program
            necessitates an additional delivery or specific program
            fee, such a fee may be requested.  Off-campus programs
            for which a differential fee is requested will be
            approved by the Chancellor and reported to the Regents in
            the annual report on tuition.
 
  III.  Policy Implementation
 
       A.   Each president will submit tuition and fee
            recommendations for off-campus programs and related data
            in accordance with the schedule and format set by the
            Chancellor.  Supporting documentation will be provided
            for policy exceptions requested under section II.B.3.
            above.
 
       B.   The Chancellor will recommend to the Board of Regents a
            tuition and fee schedule for off-campus programs offered
            by each institution as part of the annual operating
            budget request.  Should the Chancellor's recommendation
            differ from that of the presidents, the Chancellor will
            make both recommendations available to the Committee on
            Finance of the Board of Regents.
 
 
 
  (To be reviewed Fall, 1996 for possible revision and/or extension.)