San Jose State University Adopts New Policy for Online and ‘Hybrid’ Courses

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According to the new policy, San Jose State University (SJSU) will “not agree in a contract with any private or public entity to deliver technology-intensive, hybrid, or online courses or programs without the prior approval of the relevant department.” These new courses will follow the same department procedure that is used to review changes in traditional courses.

The policy, approved in December, does not include text from the previous draft that stated partnerships with outside entities be approved “through majority vote of the tenured/tenure-track faculty” in the relevant department.

The new guidelines follow concerns that university administrators—and particularly the president, Mohammad H. Qayoumi—have ignored the principles of shared governance. This policy change may also be a resolution to internal turmoil from SJSU faculty who feared online courses would disrupt the status quo.

Read full story at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

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