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Distance Education

Saint Louis University is committed to providing quality distance education consistent with its mission and Jesuit traditions. SLU offers a variety of programs and courses online and through other distance education modalities.

The Distance Education Office, which includes the associate provost for distance education and the distance education manager, assists in administrating and operating distance education at Saint Louis University. Along with the Distance Education Committee, the Distance Education Office promotes distance learning initiatives and develops and executes processes related to distance education quality assurance and alignment with Higher Learning Commission and federal guidelines. The Distance Education Office also ensures faculty and student support in distance education. Questions about the Distance Education Office can be directed to Distance Education Manager Cathy Cooke at or

Questions about the administration of summer and winter sessions and programming should be directed to the Summer and Extended Studies Office at

Below you will find links to important information about distance education at SLU, including information for students enrolled in distance courses/programs and for faculty teaching online courses.

About Distance Education at SLU 

SLU’s commitment to distance student learning and faculty support for distance teaching is guided by the University Policy for Distance Education (PDF). It is led by the associate provost for distance education and the University Distance Education Committee. Informed by existing structures and in partnership with stakeholder groups, the Committee provides strategy development, planning, forecasting, and recommendations to guide current and future distance education initiatives.

University definitions and policies for distance education are consistent with U.S. Department of Education regulations, regional accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission, and evidence-based practices for quality distance learning. Read the eight University Standards for Distance Education (PDF). Learn more about recent institution-level initiatives connected to distance education. (Note: You must be logged into Google using your SLU username and password to access this document.) 

Information for Students Enrolled in Distance Courses and Programs

Students enrolled in distance courses and programs at Saint Louis University are expected to adhere to the same University-level policies as all other students. They also have access to a variety of institutional resources to support their learning and success. To find out more about the support resources available, technology requirements, and other requirements for students enrolled in distance courses and programs, please visit our student page.

Information for Faculty Teaching Online

Saint Louis University is committed to quality online teaching and learning. Find information about University standards for online teaching, online course design, and faculty support on our faculty page.

New to teaching online at SLU? Here is an overview of expectations for faculty preparing to teach online.

The University requires all faculty who teach online courses at SLU to:

  • Receive formal preparation in online pedagogy (e.g., the Reinert Center’s Introduction to Online Teaching; certification from Quality Matters, OLC, or another similar organization; a professional development program in online pedagogy from a previous institution)
  • Design and build their courses in the University’s learning management system (Canvas) in alignment with SLU's Online Course Design Rubric  at least 4 weeks before the start of the online course to allow for review (Note: To access the rubric, log into Google using your SLU username and password.)
  • Pass the Online Course Design Peer Review Process before the course is taught. Note: this requirement has been suspended in recent semesters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From Summer 2022 onward, all online courses are required to be peer-reviewed.
  • Document the seat-time equivalency of their online courses (and demonstrate their online course meets the required threshold of 90%)

State Authorization

Saint Louis University is authorized, exempted from authorization, or not subject to approval to conduct distance education activity in any SLU academic program — including online courses and programs and on-ground clinicals, practica, field experiences and internships. Please see the State Authorization page for additional information.