UIS Online

Online learning at the University of Illinois Springfield began with the establishment of the Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning (OTEL) in July 1997 with a grant from the U of I Online.

UIS Online has experienced incredible growth since 1998 when 30 students enrolled in two classes. In 2007, nearly 4,000 students enrolled in 220 classes.

In December 2008, University of Illinois at Springfield received approval to establish the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service.

In June 2017, the Illinois Online Network moved from the system offices to COLRS. This faculty development program has trained faculty in Illinois and around the world in best practices for online teaching.

What you’ll find in…

  • UIS Model of Online Education
    Learn about the hallmarks of online education at UIS.
  • Sloan Semester
    Discover how UIS assisted college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Degree Programs
    View the degrees and certificates offered online by UIS.
  • Enrollments
    See charts and maps of online enrollments from 1998 to the present.
  • Awards and Recognitions
    From university-wide awards to individual recognitions, learn about the national awards that UIS Online has garnered.

State Authorization

UIS courses are designed to fulfill the Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education Standard 6 requirements for the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) which states “Faculty responsible for delivering the online learning curricula and evaluating the students’ success in achieving the online learning goals are appropriately qualified and effectively supported.”

For additional information, visit the University of Illinois System website for State Authorization. Information for State Authorization Licensing and Complaints for each state can also be found on the University of Illinois system website.