Online Program Approval

If your Department or School is considering cxreating a new online or blended program or converting a current program to an online or blended delivery format, the Online and Academic Summer Programs (OSAP) can assist you with navigating the process. We can help you in preparing for the various approval stages as well as provide support and guidance in developing courses.

1. Contact OSAP Contact OSAP (osap@bgsu.edu) to schedule a meeting via email or by phone at (419) 372-6843. We will discuss the program with you and gather information from you that will help us assist you. To help you prepare for our initial meeting, please reflect on the questions on this Online/Blended Program Endorsement form
2. Develop an initial program plan During this initial meeting, we will create additional steps related specifically to your needs. The Center for Faculty Excellence can also help you evaluate your instructional design needs, help you create a course development plan, assist you with evaluation and assessment methods,  and provide training in online pedagogies and technologies. The CFE utilizes Quality Matters (QM) standards for online/blended course development and our training and resources are aligned with the QM rubric. 
3. Ensure that the appropriate program approvals are aligned Your proposal for a new program will need to go through some of the approval steps below. During our initial meeting, we will help you understand what approvals you will need. Depending on what kind of program you are planning, approvals may be required by:
  • Your Department
  • Your College
  • Undergraduate Council
  • Graduate College/Graduate Council
  • Provost
  • President
  • Board of Trustees
  • Ohio Board of Regents
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Other accrediting agencies
  • Other
4. Assist in the coordination of administrative program needs The development of an online or blended program will require the coordination of multiple campus offices. The OSAP will help you by providing resource information for marketing and recruitment.  We can also help you align resources that may be needed from Admissions, the Graduate College, International Programs, Marketing & Communication, Registration & Records, and other areas. We will also provide updated information on State Authorization for Distance Education.