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Online Education

In keeping with Board of Regents and SACSCOC definitions, online education is a formal educational process in which the majority of instruction occurs when students and instructor are not in the same place and instruction is delivered using technology. It may be synchronous or asynchronous. The definition of online education does not include non-credit-bearing courses.

A course or program may not be offered through online education unless it has been approved through the University’s curriculum approval process.


A course in which the majority of instruction is delivered through online technology is considered to be an online education course. At UGA, courses in which more than 95% of the instruction is delivered through online technology require an E suffix in order to notify students that these courses may be taken from non-campus locations (Appendix A). When offering an online education course, units must provide additional information in the syllabus as outlined in the online education individual course syllabus (Appendix B).


A program in which more than 50% of the courses are delivered through online education is considered an Online Degree in keeping with Board of Regents policies, which require notification of all Online Degrees. The program must be approved through the University’s program approval process.

To submit a request, please follow the steps below: 
  • Click here to browse a list of Course Proposals in Progress or Approved Courses.
  • Log into CAPA using your UGA MYID and Password.
  • Once you have logged into CAPA, you will need to make the following selections:
    • UNIT:  "Department" (Anthropology, for example)
    • ROLE:  "Department Course Initiator"
      • OR
    • UNIT:  "Franklin College of Arts and Sciences"
    • ROLE:  "College/School Course Initiator"
    • Once the form is completed, click "Submit to Department Head"
  • If a temporary approval request is needed while the course is in progress, you will need to SUBMIT A REQUEST.
CAPA Due to Franklin College Friday, January 6, 2023
CAPA Due to Curriculum Systems Wednesday, February 13, 2023

Beginning in Fall 2019, the Bulletin will be in effect for the entire academic year. Adopting a yearly Bulletin will reduce confusion concerning requirements and expectations for students, advisors, faculty, and staff, as well as bring the University of Georgia in line with USG, peer, and aspirational institutions. Because of this change to a yearly Bulletin, all new course and course change applications that are approved in the CAPA System will have an effective date of the fall semester following UCC approval.

Meeting these deadlines does not guarantee the course will be available for fall semester pre-registration. The course approval process is a faculty governance process; therefore, a course may be delayed at any stage in the process due to faculty concerns.

QUESTIONS?  Please contact April Brown at

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