Online Strategic Fund Proposal Guidelines

Temple University seeks to provide a wide range of high-quality online degree programs or certificates at the professional, graduate and undergraduate levels.  In order to encourage academic schools and colleges to invest in and build high quality online programs, the Provost has created an online strategic fund initiative.

Program Eligibility & Considerations

  • Proposals may be for new programs or for the transition of existing programs to an online (no required synchronous sessions) or virtual (some required synchronous sessions) instruction format. In either case, the proposal should demonstrate the existence of a strong local and national market for the program.
  • Programs that include credit-bearing face-to-face experiences (e.g., orientation of new students or required field placements) are eligible to receive online program incentive funding as long as the primary mode of instruction will be through the online (no required synchronous sessions) or virtual (some required synchronous sessions) instructional method.
  • The primary focus should be on complete programs that bring additional students to Temple rather than shift current students from one format to another. Proposals that demonstrate a positive impact on retention or have other positive effects may be considered.

Academic schools/college should consider the following:

  • Schools/colleges must commit their own funds to any online program initiative; requests from the Provost’s fund cannot exceed 50 percent of the cost of developing the program.
  • Proposals must describe a schedule and milestones for release of funding increments.
  • Proposed programs must have approval from the dean and an identified faculty champion along with designated support staff to lead the effort.
  • This is a competitive process. Each school/college may submit up to 3 proposals; multiple submissions must be rank ordered by the dean.
  • As long as the program conforms to Temple standards, each school/college may develop its proposed program using any of the following: Office of Digital Education, Fox School Digital Services, external independent vendors, or other internal resources.