Types of Academic Programs

Is my program online, hybrid or on-campus?

Online and hybrid programs require approval by the Office of Online Education, an additional step in the academic program approval process. To determine whether a program is online or hybrid, follow these steps.

Step 1: Categorize all the program’s courses (including required general education courses) as either “online” or “not online.”

An “online course” should have at least one section which allows students to complete 76% or more of the coursework from a distance. At IU, these courses are designated by the following instruction modes:

OA – 100% online,

OI – 76% to 99% online,

DO – 76% to 100% live synchronous video, or

HD – hybrid combining online and live video instruction.

All other courses are considered “not online.” At IU, these courses are designated by one of the following instruction modes:

HY – 26% to 75% online combined with on-campus instruction,

P – in-person (on-campus) instruction,

IN – internship, or

IS – independent study.

Step 2: Find the total credit hours of all online courses in the program.

Step 3: Find the total credit hours needed for a student to complete the program.

Step 4: Divide the total online credit hours by the total credit hours to find the percentage of online credit hours in the program.

Step 5: Use the resulting percentage to determine the type of program and which development and approval process it requires.

If the percentage of online credit hours is 80% or more, the program is online and will follow the online program development process.

If the percentage of online courses is 50 - 79%, the program is hybrid and will follow the hybrid program approval process.

If the percentage of online credit hours is less than 50%, the program is on-campus and does not require OOE approval.