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Distance Education

Saint Louis University is committed to providing quality distance education consistent with its mission and Jesuit traditions. SLU offers a variety of programs and courses online and through other distance education modalities.

Below you will find links to important information about distance education at SLU, including information for students enrolled in distance courses/programs and for faculty teaching online courses.

About Distance Education at SLU 

SLU’s commitment to distance student learning and faculty support for distance teaching is guided by the University Policy for Distance Education and is led by the Associate Provost for Distance Education and the University Distance Education Committee. Informed by existing structures and in partnership with stakeholder groups, the Committee provides strategy development, planning, forecasting, and recommendations to guide current and future distance education initiatives.

University definitions and policies for distance education are consistent with U.S. Department of Education regulations, regional accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission, and evidence-based practices for quality distance learning. To read the eight University Standards for Distance Education, click here. To learn more about recent institution-level initiatives connected to distance education, click here

Information for Students Enrolled in Distance Courses and Programs

Students enrolled in distance courses and programs at Saint Louis University are expected to adhere to the same University-level policies as all other students. They also have access to a variety of institutional resources to  support their learning and success. To find out more about the support resources available, technology requirements, and other requirements for students enrolled in distance courses and programs, click here.

Information for Faculty Teaching Online

To support faculty in designing and teaching effective online courses, the University provides a variety of resources, focusing on learning technologies, instructional design, and effective online pedagogy. Faculty teaching online courses at Saint Louis University are expected to demonstrate that they have received appropriate preparation to teach effectively online, to align their courses with a University Online Course Design Rubric, and to undergo a course design peer review process. These processes are currently being piloted, under the leadership of Dr. Tracy Chapman, Associate Provost for Distance Education.