Course & Program Approval

The State of Texas requires that all public institutions of higher education implement approval processes for courses and programs to be delivered electronically (i.e., online through digital transmission) or offsite (i.e., away from campus). A course or program is considered to be electronically-delivered or off-site if more than 50% of the course or program is conducted via that delivery method (i.e., digital transmission or off-site).

The University of North Texas Board of Regents voted to delegate authority over the approval process to the Center for Distributed Learning (which later became a part of CLEAR) and a Steering Committee that has representatives from each academic college and school. State rules governing the delivery of distance education (electronically-delivered) and off-site courses and programs can be found here: