For over 20 years, UIS has been a leader in Online Education. More than 50 programs at UIS are taught entirely online.

Hallmarks of a UIS Online Program

The hallmarks of the UIS online program includes:

  • Integrated into the mainstream academic structure
    Requested and developed by the department, approved through the college and governance structures as part of the normal academic structure of the university.
  • Same faculty teach on ground and online
    The same full-time tenured, and tenure- track faculty teach our face-to-face, blended, and fully online degree programs.
  • Faculty development and support
    Pedagogical and technological orientation, development and support continuously provided online and in person in small group and individualized sessions
  • Data Collection, analysis and research support
    Enlightening decision-making through comprehensive data collection and analysis; promoting best practices and encouraging discovery of new techniques and effective approaches through pro-active research support
  • Online Program Coordinators
    Online Program Coordinators — an essential role in the delivery of online programming at UIS — provide support to online students, including student advocacy, problem solving, and informal advising. Giving online students a single point of contact improves their experience at UIS.
  • Small class sizes
    Most UIS online classes are capped at 25. Small class sizes allow students and faculty to develop personal relationships over the fifteen week semester.
  • Low-cost e-Tuition and technology fee
    All students who are enrolled in online-only degree programs and take only online courses pay e-Tuition plus a low per-credit hour technology fee.
    Support office exclusively for faculty teaching online
    The Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning provides broad support for faculty developing and teaching online for UIS. From pedagogy to technology to troubleshooting, the office is a hub for information regarding online teaching.
  • Online student support
    The Career Development Center and The Learning Hub both offer extensive services for our online students.
  • Entire degrees moved online, not individual courses
    Online courses are developed for degree-granting programs, rather than as stand-alone courses.
  • Electronic Office Hours
    Faculty teaching engage their online students for classroom assistance or to build community with their students through posting electronic office hours.
  • Teaching and Learning Online: UIS Perspectives
    Hear from UIS faculty and students.

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.

UIS Online Rankings, Awards, and Certificates

UIS Online Program Rankings

UIS Online Program & Individual Awards

UIS Faculty and Staff with Professional Certificates in Online Learning

Master Online Teacher Certificate

The following faculty and staff members at UIS have earned the Master Online Teacher Certificate through the Illinois Online Network.

  • Apiwan Born - 2002
  • James Hall - 2002
  • Carol Jessup - 2002
  • Mary Elizabeth Smith - 2003
  • David Larson - 2005
  • Mohammed Shahidullah - 2005
  • Ewa Bogusz-Boltuc - 2006
  • John Snyder - 2006
  • Ryan Williams - 2006
  • Laurel Newman - 2007
  • Vickie Cook - 2007
  • Susan Gundy - 2008
  • Rebekah Grosboll - 2008
  • Mae Noll - 2008
  • Beverly Bunch - 2010
  • Patricia Byrnes - 2010
  • Yifeng Zhang - 2010
  • Donna Rogers Skowronski - 2011
  • Jesus Canelon - 2011
  • Brenda Gregory - 2013
  • Evelyn Ivy - 2015
  • Emily Boles - 2015
  • François Giraud-Carrier - 2016
  • Neetu Singh - 2019

Certified Online Learning Administrator

The following faculty and staff members at UIS have earned the Certified Online Learning Administrator through the Illinois Online Network.

  • Michele Gribbins - 2014
  • Laurel Newman - 2015

Professional Certificate in Online Education

from the University of Wisconsin School of Continuing Studies

  • Carrie Levin - 2015

Quality Matters Certification

The following UIS faculty and staff have completed Quality Matters applying the rubric and/or peer review training.

  • Emily Boles
  • John Freml
  • Michele Gribbins
  • Carol Jessup
  • Carrie Levin
  • Laurel Newman
  • Carolee Rigsbee
  • Donna Rogers
  • Sudeep Sharma
  • Denise Sommers

Online Course Quality Assurance

The following UIS courses have passed a peer-review of their instructional design.

  • ENG 360: International Perspectives on Skin Tone (Dr. Sarah Webb)
  • ENG 365: Children's & Young Adult Literature (Dr. Tena Helton)
  • TEP 315: Managing the Diverse Classroom (Dr. Jennifer Martin)

Digital Accessibility for Educators

from the Illinois Online Network

  • Carrie Levin - 2021