Offering a New Online or Distance Education Degree, Certificate, or Minor

If your department is considering adding a new academic program that will be delivered online or at one of Ball State's educational facilities in Indianapolis and Fishers, you have come to the right place.

We can help you navigate the initial steps of investigating the feasibility of your proposed program, preparing for the various approval stages, and developing and preparing the first courses for your new program.

Step-by-Step Guide
Below is a broad overview of the steps needed to launch a new online or distance academic program: 

  1. Contact Staci Davis, Ted Ward, or Nancy Prater in Online and Distance Education to schedule an appointment—this way we can start off by reviewing in more detail and answering all your specific questions about the steps ahead. 

  2. At our initial meeting we will review some questions we ask of everyone. Come prepared by reviewing our intake form for academic programs.

  3. After this first meeting, together we will come away with some additional steps related specifically to your needs. These might include examining the potential market for your program, helping you make enrollment projections, conducting a financial analysis, or meeting with other university units that might be able to assist you in this process. We will also help you connect with Ball State's iLearn: Integrated Learning Institute to help you determine the instructional design and technology support your faculty members need.

  4. Your proposal for a new academic program will go through some or all 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
       — Ball State's Undergraduate Education Committee (UEC)
        Ball State's Graduate Education Committee (GEC)
       — Provost
       — President
       — Board of Trustees
       — Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE)
       — Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

  5. Even as you are progressing in Step 4, we can help you be prepared to market and recruit students to your program. Expect to have ongoing conversations and meetings during this time that may also include representatives from undergraduate admissions, the Graduate School, international admissions, and/or the Division of Strategic Communications.

  6. If your program is approved, we will be there to help steer you through the process of getting your courses developed and posted.

Contact Staci Davis, Nancy Prater, or Ted Ward

Online and Distance Education
David Letterman Communication and Media Building (LB), Room 131
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday-Friday
Phone: 1-800-872-0369 or 765-285-1581
Fax: 765-285-7161
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