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Criteria for Extension Courses and Programs

Extension courses and programs are self-supporting academic credit courses and programs that are not submitted for formula (state) funding.

Extension courses are regulated by the Texas Administrative Code as follows:

  • Each course must be within the role and mission of Texas State University and in the inventory of approved courses.
  • Courses must meet quality standards applicable to courses through the school or department.
  • Extension courses must not jeopardize or diminish the status of formula-funded courses and programs through the school or department. 
  • Extension courses may not be a substitute for offering a sufficient number of formula-funded courses and programs through the school or department.

Criteria for offering an extension study course or program:

  • Extension courses are offered at the direction of the academic departments or schools.
  • Extension courses are offered to meet a specific departmental or university need and to assist academic departments and schools in meeting student demand.
  • Extension courses are funded through alternative funding mechanisms (through the Office of Distance and Extended Learning) because traditional funding mechanisms are unavailable. 
  • Extension courses are normally special or unique course offerings that the department or school cannot support directly or that are not likely to meet minimum enrollment standards.
  • If an extension course is offered in the same semester in which the course is also offered through the department or school, Texas State must ensure the extension course does not jeopardize or diminish the status of the same formula-funded course offered through the department. Therefore, enrollment is normally capped at 20 for such an extension course offering.
  • Departmental faculty who have a full load with their academic department or school may normally teach a maximum of two additional courses (including Extension courses) out-of-load, unless courses are stacked, which means two or more courses or class sections are scheduled at the same time and location, and which count as one workload credit.
  • Study in America programs do not jeopardize or diminish the status of formula-funded courses and programs through the school or department. However, enrollment may be capped for reasons of safety and faculty-to-student ratios. Departments and schools may also limit enrollment in these courses and programs.

The Office of Distance and Extended Learning cannot guarantee benefits eligibility to a faculty member.