Distance Education


The Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) Division provides the Alabama Community College System with leadership and support for the colleges’ distance education programs by helping online instructors and distance education administrators:

  • Develop, assess, and improve distance education courses and programs
  • Enhance technical and instructional skills
  • Understand and comply with federal, state, and accrediting agency requirements
  • Understand and comply with Board of Trustees policies and procedures
  • Understand obligations for state authorizations and the benefits of reciprocity agreements
  • Participate in the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB’s) Electronic Campus

Dr. Vicky Ohlson

Director of Special Projects, Academic and Student Affairs Division



Documents and Resources

COE Distance Education Criteria for Accreditation

Diploma Mills – Information from the US Department of Education

Diploma Mills – Information from the Federal Trade Commission

SACSCOC Best Practices for Electronically Offered Degrees and Certificates

SACSCOC Distance Education Policy Statement

SACSCOC Evaluator's Guide to Reviewing Distance Education Programs