Off-Campus Site Development Plan Guidelines
Off-Campus Site Development Plan Guidelines:
The institution will submit a cover letter addressed to the Secretary of Higher Education from the Chief Academic Officer requesting approval of a plan for the future development of the off-campus site. The plan will address the following:
- Programs. Provide a list of those programs
approved, currently proposed, and projected for this site.
- Institutional Mission. How is this
off-campus site (with the programs listed above) consistent
with the approved mission of the institution and its
- Market Analysis. Demonstrate the general
need and demand for these programs at this specific location,
utilizing market supply and demand data. The type of
information submitted will vary, depending on the program,
but may include workforce and employment projections
prepared by the federal and State government, surveys,
letters of solicitation for the programs, information from
professional and trade associations, etc.
- Duplication. Are there similar programs
offered in this same geographical area of the State?
If so, describe the similarities and differences in terms of
the degrees to be awarded, the areas of specialization, and
their specific academic content.
- EEO Obligations. Does this off-campus site
(with the programs listed above) have any effect on the
State's equal educational opportunity obligations under
State and federal law?
- Library Resources. COMAR
13B.02.02.18G, requires that, "an in-state institution
offering off-campus programs within the State shall provide
adequate and appropriate library resources within State
boundaries and within reasonable distance of the
institutional site." What plans are being made to
comply with this requirement?
- Faculty. COMAR 13B.02.02.17H states that,
"full-time faculty members of the parent institution shall
teach at least 1/3 of the credit hours offered in an
off-campus program." Indicate how the institution will
ensure that this requirement is, or will be, met.
- Facilities and Equipment. Briefly describe
the facilities and equipment available to support programs
at this off-campus site and indicate any plans for
- Academic Support Services. Will students at
this instructional site have access to academic support
services equivalent to those provided to students enrolled
in on-campus resident credit courses? [Ref. COMAR
- Administrative Oversight. Briefly describe
the academic oversight and quality control provided for the
programs at this site and the methods of instructional
delivery that will be used. [Ref. COMAR
- Resources. What short- and long-term financial commitment is the institution making to support this off-campus site?
For a PDF copy of the
Code of Maryland Regulations:
13B.02.02 -- Minimum Requirements for In-State Degree-Granting Institutions (PDF) and for a PDF copy of the Code
of Maryland Regulations:
(COMAR) Title 13B.02.03 -- Academic Programs -- Degree-Granting Institutions (PDF)
For further information please contact:
Division of Planning and Academic Affairs
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201