We are here to help. We provide academic departments with resources to assist in the development, marketing, coordination and delivery of online and off-campus site-based Distance Education Programs. Other key unit responsibilities include the assessment of distance education programs and providing distance education students with valuable student services that will enable them to complete their programs while maintaining career and family obligations. 

Among our Distance Education goals is to identify the needs of underserved locations and non-traditional students that may be addressed through distance education programs.  This page features resources to help academic units develop and deliver programs and individual courses to serve these populations and extend your College’s academic scope beyond the UNC Charlotte campus.

Developing and Delivering Distance Education Programs and Courses

QM certificationAcademic departments should contact the Director of Distance Education and Summer School when they are initially considering developing programs for online delivery as well as programs for delivery at off-campus sites.  Distance Education expertise helps assure that distance education programs comply with SACS requirements throughout development and implementation.

Individual course development for online delivery requires that the course be an approved UNC Charlotte course approved for development by the originating academic department; and, if ExAP funds the course development, the course will be developed and delivered per the stipulations described in an Online Course Development Agreement signed by the instructor developing the course, the department chair, and the Director of Distance Education prior to the initiation of course development.

UNC Charlotte subscribes to Quality Matters (QM) a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Any faculty or staff member may create an account at QM and explore the services offered as a subscribing institution.

We congratulate the following UNC Charlotte faculty for achieving QM certification for their course:

Semester Faculty College/Dept Course Number Course Title
May 2015 Dr. Florence Martin Educational Leadership EIST 6150 Design, Development and Evaluation of Online Learning Systems
May 2015 Dr. Meredith Troutman-Jordan School of Nursing NURN 4201 Practicum in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
May 2015 Dr. Patti Wilkins Educational Leadership EIST 5100 Technology Integration in Education
June 2015 Dr. Susan Lynch School of Nursing NURN 4201 Information Technology Applications in Health Care


We view our relationship with academic departments and instructors as a partnership. Through continuous consultation ExAP gains knowledge of your department’s distance education goals and target student populations allowing us to develop and implement effective marketing plans.

Program Evaluation

In an effort to continuously improve our services and distance education (DE) programs, Extended Academic Programs (ExAP) conducts an annual survey of distance education students and a survey of the instructors who have delivered DE courses. The results of these program evaluations are shared with the Chair of the academic departments from which the distance education programs originate.

Distance education students have the opportunity to evaluate the delivery of their distance education programs, the quality of student administrative support they receive from ExAP, the quality of academic advising received, and service quality of UNC Charlotte’s student services offices. This "distance education program" evaluation does not address students’ faculty or instructional concerns as that opportunity is provided within the individual course evaluations conducted by the Colleges.

The distance education faculty evaluations provide instructors the opportunity to report opinions of the technology assistance provided, their distance education teaching experience, their students’ learning outcomes in the distance learning environment, and ExAP services.

Proctored Exams

UNC Charlotte complies with the SACS online student verification requirement by requiring a secure login and password to access online courses and by providing instructors with the opportunity to conduct their course exams and/or writing assignments in a proctored environment. More information about utilizing proctored exams.