MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION
Kevin M. O'Keefe, Chairman
Donald J. Slowinski, Sr., Vice Chairman
Victor E. Bernson, Jr.
Joann A. Boughman
Anne Osborn Emery
Joshua L. Michael
James G. Morgan
Nhora Barrera Murphy
Emmett Paige, Jr.
Chung K. Pak
Paul L. Saval
James E. Lyons, Sr.
Secretary of Higher Education
Anthony G. Brown
This report discusses distance education (DE) activities of Maryland colleges and universities
during calendar year 2006, as reported by the institutions. This data was collected in spring 2007
as a part of the regular postsecondary education data collection of the Maryland Higher
Education Commission. Out-of-state institutions operating in the State were not included.
"Distance education," as used here, refers to education or training delivered off-campus via
electronic technologies, including video, audio, and computer-based instruction, where the
students and the instructor are separated by physical distance and/or time. At least 50 percent of
the instruction,interaction must occur utilizing a distance learning technology in order to be
included in this collection. Distance education, by this definition, does not include courses
conducted exclusively via traditional print-based correspondence or courses in which the
instructor travels to a remote site to deliver instruction in person for all class meetings.
In the fall of 2006, an intersegmental workgroup convened to redesign the Distance Education
Survey. The instrument was streamlined, definitions tightened, and the timeframe of the data
collected was changed to cover a calendar year as opposed to previous academic year. These
changes were adopted in order to bring the Maryland Higher Education Commission's survey
into alignment with the data requirements of the Southern Regional Education Board's annual
data collection and to reduce the reporting requirements for institutions.
In previous collection years, the Distan