12.1 Programs and courses have the appropriate state and/or national approvals.
The distance education program has changed since its inception in 1990 as the External Studies Program when it was comprised totally of paper-based correspondence classes. As time went on we eventually began video recording classes and putting them on DVD for use in our external/correspondence classes.
In 2003 we began developing online classes using Moodle. In 2009 Southeastern began using the college management system, Populi. In 2011 we began transferring classes from Moodle to Populi and now use it exclusively for all online work.
From 2003 and the inception of online courses at Southeastern, the External Studies Program began out all correspondence courses. As of 2016 there are no courses offered that are strictly correspondence. All external courses are now online and offered through Populi.
When the External Studies Department began in 1990, Bachelor Degrees were offered in Religious Studies and Christian Education. That is no longer the case. Southeastern offers no degrees that can be earned externally and therefore, no degrees that can be earned online.
The existing online program is primarily utilized by our on-campus students a supplement to their regular class load during the Fall and Spring semesters, and as a Summer School during summer break when we offer no on-campus classes.
There has been a small percentage of students who take online classes who are not taking classes on-campus. This has occurred in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Most of these off-campus students have resided in North Carolina. However, we occasionally have students who take classes who reside in other states. In addition, a small percentage of our on-campus students who take our Summer School online classes reside in states other than North Carolina.
Here is a listing of the number of students who are taking classes this fall and for the past two years and the state they were in when they took those classes.
Fall 2016: 86 students with one off-campus student taking online classes. That 1 off campus, online student is from North Carolina.
Summer 2016: 41 students with all 41 off-campus students taking online classes. 34 of those students resided in North Carolina while taking the course. The remaining 7 students resided in the following states: Florida (1), Kentucky (2), Michigan (2), Oklahoma (1) and Virginia (1).
Spring 2016: 95 students with 6 off-campus student taking online classes. 5 of those off-campus students resided in North Carolina while taking the course. The remaining 1 student resided in Mississippi.
Fall 2015: 94 students with 3 off-campus student taking online classes. Those 3 off-campus, online students resided in North Carolina while taking the course.
Summer 2015: 45 students with all 45 off-campus students taking online classes. 31 of those students resided in North Carolina while taking the course. Of the remaining 14, 13 students resided in the following states: Alabama (4), Florida (1), Kentucky (2), Michigan (2), Ohio (1) and Virginia (3). One student resided in Brazil.
Spring 2015: 107 students with 8 off-campus students taking online classes. 5 of those off-campus students resided in North Carolina while taking the course. The remaining 3 students resided in the following states: Florida (2), Mississippi (1).
Fall 2014: 113 students with 6 off-campus student taking online classes. 5 of those off-campus students resided in North Carolina while taking the course. The remaining 1 student resided in Florida.
Therefore, we now have no students taking online classes who reside in a state other than North Carolina.
In the previous school years, we had students take online classes who resided in the following seven states other than North Carolina:
We have also had one student take an online class during the previous two school years while residing in Brazil. This student in Brazil was the child of a Missionary to Brazil who has US citizenship and a permanent address in North Carolina.
The Institution is legally incorporated in the State of North Carolina as a not-for-profit corporation, and it is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 organization, which means the Institution is tax exempt and contributions from donors are tax deductible.
The Institution currently has no students in any state other than North Carolina and will not have such students in the Spring 2017 semester. There are plans to allow enrollment of students in other states for the Summer 2017 semester if we can obtain proper authorization by that time.
The Institution does not have authority to operate in any other state.
Exhibit: Letter of authorization to operate from the North Carolina Board of Regents.
Plan of Action:
Authorization to operate in other states where the Institution intends to enroll distance education is currently being sought.