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WEBCOLLEGE
Mission Statement
The mission of the TMCC WebCollege is to provide leadership, advocacy and appropriate
support of electronically mediated instructional solutions for students and faculty. WebCollege
will support students by providing increased access, comprehensive virtual learning
opportunities, assistance, and interaction with current technologies. WebCollege will support
faculty by providing needed administrative oversight, instructional design assistance, and
training.
Program/Service Description
The WebCollege offers increased student access to higher education in support of the College’s
mission, promotes best practices to improve overall course quality, consistency, retention and
assessment, and provides appropriate technical and course design assistance as well as training
for faculty.
Currently, 43% of all TMCC students take at least one online class each semester.
In addition, 18% of TMCC’s students only attend online. Twelve degree options are available
for online students.
Factors Expected to Affect the Future of the Department
It is anticipated that both student and faculty interest in online classes will continue; enrollment
growth has been double-digit every semester since the program’s inception as students continue
to balance complex lives with higher education needs. Given the fiscal challenges facing the
state of Nevada and the evolving nature of the Nevada population, it is likely that TMCC will
need to continue to grow online enrollments/programs/degrees to meet the ever-increasing
educational needs of Nevadans.
Projections and Plans for the Future
The WebCollege continues to focus on accommodating anticipated growth in offerings and
enrollments, identifying and managing related technology infrastructure needs, and improving
the overall quality of the courses and learning environment support. The WebCollege will offer
training, in cooperation with the TMCC Professional Development department, in related
instructional technologies for faculty, expanded assistance in instructional design and multi-
media, implement universal design and appropriate ADA compliance features in electronically
delivered instruction, and provide needed assistance and support to faculty and students. This
will include efforts to improve the hiring pool of qualified part-time faculty, standardize faculty
training and identify minimum expectations for faculty teaching online classes. Emphasis will
also be given to better preparing students for the online learning environment. The WebCollege
will also launch a fast-track degree program in support of efforts to further improve student
access and to improve overall course retention, persistence, and degree completion. WebCollege
will continue to implement a Quality Matters rubric program to enhance overall course quality
and consistency, and will explore possible alternatives to the current Learning Management
System (Angel). Recent passage of the Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) will require
the WebCollege to document that the students enrolled in an online class are the students doing
the work of the course.