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Overview

The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) is a unique association of all of the public and all but one of the independent collegiate institutions in Connecticut. CTDLC's mission is to promote quality in the online courses, programs, and services offered by its members. The Consortium provides an extensive set of services to its members including multiple delivery platforms, faculty development, technical support, help desk, student services, and marketing. CTDLC has developed a comprehensive set of evaluation, assessment, and research tools to assist them in this mission. Twenty-two of their members, all of whom are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, are participating in the Demonstration Project.

CTDLC member institutions offer, or have under development, 9 Associate Degree programs, 13 Bachelor Degree programs, 13 Master Degree programs, and 20 Certificate Programs:

Associate Programs

  • Computer Information Systems — Capital Community College
  • Online Computer Support Specialist — Capital Community College
  • General Studies — Charter Oak State College
  • Educational Technology — Northwestern Connecticut Community College
  • Early Childhood Education — Teikyo Post University
  • Legal Studies — Teikyo Post University
  • Management — Teikyo Post University
  • Marketing — Teikyo Post University
  • Criminal Justice — Tunxis Community College

Bachelor Programs:

  • General Studies — Charter Oak State College
  • Nursing — Sacred Heart University
  • Business Administration — Teikyo Post University
  • Computer Information Systems — Teikyo Post University
  • Criminal Justice — Teikyo Post University
  • Finance — Teikyo Post University
  • International Business Administration — Teikyo Post University
  • Legal Studies — Teikyo Post University
  • Management — Teikyo Post University
  • Marketing — Teikyo Post University
  • Dental Hygiene (BS) — University of Bridgeport
  • Information Technology — University of Connecticut
  • Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health — University of Connecticut

Masters Programs:

  • Data Mining — Central Connecticut State University
  • Accounting — Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Educational Technology — Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Philosophy — Holy Apostles College and Seminary
  • Theology — Holy Apostles College and Seminary
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation and Wellness — Sacred Heart University
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with Concentrations in Patient Care Services Administration and Family Nurse Practitioner Primary Care — Sacred Heart University
  • Biology — Saint Joseph College
  • Library Science — Southern Connecticut State University
  • Human Nutrition — University of Bridgeport
  • Human Resources Management — University of Connecticut
  • Humanitarian Services Administration — University of Connecticut
  • Professional Education — University of New Haven

Certificate Programs:

  • Data Mining — Central Connecticut State University
  • Professional Writing — Fairfield University
  • Health Information Management Technician Coding Specialist — Quinebaug Valley Community College
  • CMC - math certification — Quinnipiac University
  • SANE/SAFE Nursing Program — Quinnipiac University
  • Sixth Year Certificate in Educational Foundations — Southern Connecticut State University
  • Computer Information Skills — Teikyo Post University
  • Early Childhood Education — Teikyo Post University
  • Early Childhood Education Administration — Teikyo Post University
  • Finance — Teikyo Post University
  • International Business Administration — Teikyo Post University
  • Legal Studies — Teikyo Post University
  • Fiber Optics — Three Rivers Community College
  • Corrections — Tunxis Community College
  • Marriage Education — University of Bridgeport
  • Environmental Health and Safety — University of Connecticut
  • Humanitarian Services Administration — University of Connecticut
  • Information Technology - Web Content Development — University of Connecticut
  • Information Technology - Web Systems Administration — University of Connecticut
  • Occupational Safety and Health — University of Connecticut

Almost all of the institutions offer their online courses on a semester basis or on an accelerated eight-week term schedule (Teikyo Post). Charter Oak State College is the exception. It is a virtual college with no residency requirement for adult learners who have earned at least nine credits. It offers a degree completion program that includes online and video-based courses (on a semester or accelerated term schedule) as well as the ability to earn credits through courses taken at regionally accredited institutions, some non-collegiate sponsored instruction, college level tests, special assessment, contract learning and portfolio assessment. Over a third of Charter Oak's students complete their degree in less than a year, and over half in fewer than two years.

Waivers

The institutions that offer distance education programs were given waivers of the 50 percent rules and of the provision that defines a telecommunications student as a correspondence student. In addition, these institutions were granted waivers of the minimum number of weeks of instruction, and definition of a week of instruction (which together comprise the 12-hour rule).

Financial Aid Issues/Alternatives

One of the major issues has been to create a clearinghouse that would enable financial aid officers at the home and host institutions to track their students' enrollments. The unique character of Charter Oak State College also presents significant challenges for that institution in providing financial aid for its students. Since students can take courses from many different institutions (both within and outside of the Consortium) to apply to their degree at Charter Oak, they may be taking courses that follow quite different academic calendars. This poses challenges for financial aid staff related to enrollment status, disbursement and satisfactory academic progress.

Additional Goals for Participation

A primary goal is to increase access to higher education by underserved populations including individuals with disabilities, persons residing in extremely remote, rural areas; adults generally who are place or time restricted; and persons employed or underemployed or in transition from dependence on welfare.

Other goals involve strengthening the collaboration of CTDLC's members. Increasingly students are creating a multi-institutional online degree program. Under the Demonstration Project they are able to use their financial aid from their home institution at these various other institutions. The Project has also aided the Consortium in reaching various institutional departments especially in student services who prior to this project had not been involved in issues related to distance learning.

Consortial Agreements

The 22 institutions participating in the Demonstration Project have consortial agreements allowing their students to use their financial aid at any of the other 24 institutions.

Other Relevant Information

CTDLC received a Davis Education Foundation grant in 2001 to support the collaborative development of online tutoring services by the Consortium and four of its member institutions and a three year FIPSE grant in 2002 to support the development of an e-Portfolio platform and a technology-literacy assessment tool.

Demonstration Program Cohort

The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium joined the Distance Education Demonstration Program in July 1999 as part of the initial cohort.

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