The Basic Online Course Check verifies that online courses offered at NMSU are not correspondence courses in compliance with the expectations of the federal government. The Initial course review of 2019 Spring online courses will take place during the week of February 4-8. A follow-up review will be conducted during the week of February 25-March 1. Information on those courses that DO NOT pass the 3-week check will be sent to the instructor of the course, their department head and their Academic Dean. Information on those courses that DO NOT pass the 6-week check will be sent to the instructor of the course, their department head, their Academic Dean AND the Deputy Provost.
Students in distance education are eligible for federal Title V funding while students in correspondence courses are not. Therefore, it is the responsibility of NMSU to ensure that all distance education classes are eligible for federal financial aid. To ensure that online courses are true distance education courses, NMSU uses the Basic Online Course Check on sections that are designated as online (M70–M89). Academic Technology performs the course checks after the third week and sixth week of the fall and spring semesters.
The Basic Online Course Check is NOT a Quality Matters course review and does NOT satisfy the quality metric requirement described in Policy 4.69.
Courses that meet the following criteria will be exempt from review:
- Courses that have been certified as passing in a Quality Matters review within the past 5 years.
- Courses taught by an instructor who has successfully completed one of the programs offered by the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP).
View the Basic Online Course Checklist criteria.