Distance Education Information
NYU prides itself on the ingenuity of its programs, offering educational activities in many different forms and formats in order to increase accessibility and maximize effectiveness. Distance education—whether online, off-campus, or another non-traditional format—contributes to these efforts in a big way.
In order to ensure that students are getting the best experience and the highest quality education through these innovative formats, NYU, New York State Education Department (NYSED), and state authorization bodies outside of New York each have structures in place to review and monitor educational activities not offered at NYU’s main campus in New York City.
All courses and programs that offer some component of completion through distance education must meet specific standards set out by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). However, only some programs that allow students to complete requirements through distance formats must be registered with NYSED.
Programs where students may complete greater than 50% of the program requirements in an off-campus format must register a distance education format with NYSED. Please follow our program registration website for instructions on how to complete this process.
NYSED Program and Course Level Expectations
All courses and programs that offer some component of completion in a non-traditional, off-campus format must meet the standards set out by the New York State Education Department.
As you design your distance education programs, please review and adhere to NYSED best practices.
As you design your distance education courses, please review and adhere to NYSED guidance on distance format educational activities and credit hour requirements.
All active degree and certificate granting programs, regardless of modality, are expected to annually assess program-level student learning outcomes. To learn more about NYU requirements for academic assessment, visit the NYU academic assessment site.
Distance education that occurs across state lines triggers multi-state authorization compliance. For further details, please visit the Triggerings Scenarios page.