PART 54
OFF-CAMPUS INSTRUCTION

§ 54.1 Approval of off-campus instruction.

(a) Branch campuses. (1) No independent institution shall establish a branch campus unless the institution is authorized to establish such branch campus by its charter and master plan, as approved by the Regents.

(2) No public university or college thereof shall establish a branch campus unless the university is authorized to establish such branch campus by its master plan as approved by the Regents and the Governor.

(3) No degree-granting proprietary institution shall establish a branch campus unless the institution has the permission of the Regents to establish such branch campus.

(4) The criteria to be used in reviewing the application of an institution to establish a branch campus will include:

(i) the conformity of the curricula to be offered at the proposed branch campus with the standards of academic quality required by Part 52 of this Title;

(ii) the need or demand for the branch campus or the curricula to be offered there from the points of view of students or special groups of students such as military personnel and people in sparsely populated areas, potential employers of the graduates of such curricula, the institution, and the public;

(iii) the impact of the proposed branch campus upon the institution and upon other Institutions in the region and in the State as a whole; and

(iv) the compatibility of the proposed branch campus with the Regents Statewide Plan for the Development of Postsecondary Education, 1980 (University of the State of New York, State Education Department, Albany, NY 12230: October 1980, available at Bureau of Postsecondary Planning, Room 5B44, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230).

(b) No institution shall offer one or more curricula leading to a degree or certificate on the campus of another degree-granting institution unless the institution offering such curriculum or curricula is authorized to offer the curriculum or curricula at that site by amendment to its master plan or permission of the Regents as described in subdivision (a) of this section.

(c) Extension centers. (1) No institution shall begin to operate an extension center after September 2, 1980, and no institution shall, after September 2, 1981, continue to operate an extension center existing prior to September 2, 1980, unless the institution has applied for and obtained specific approval of the commissioner to operate such extension center.

(2) In reviewing the application of an institution to operate an extension center, the commissioner will consider:

(i) the impact of the extension center upon the institution offering courses, including its impact on the quality of academic curricula registered at the institution;

(ii) the need or demand for the extension center and for the courses offered there for credit from the points of view of students or special groups of students, including military personnel and people in sparsely populated areas, potential employers of the students completing those courses, the institution and the public;

(iii) the impact of the extension center upon other institutions in the area and in the State as a whole; and

(iv) the compatibility of the extension center with the Regents Statewide Plan for the Development of Postsecondary Education, 1980 (University of the State of New York, State Education Department, Albany, NY 12230: October 1980—available at Bureau of Post-secondary Planning, Room 5B44, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230).

(d) No institution shall conduct more than 15 courses for credit or have more than 350 course registrations for credit in any academic year on the campus of another degree-granting institution unless the institution conducting such courses or having such registrations shall be authorized by the commissioner to conduct courses or have course registrations on that scale at that location, as described in subdivision (c) of this section.

(e) The commissioner may authorize the Regents regional advisory council in a Regents postsecondary education region, or, in a region in which no such council has been designated, an organization of degree-granting institutions deemed equivalent by the commissioner, to review proposed branch campuses, or curricula offered on the campus of another degree-granting institution, with respect to the criteria set forth in subparagraphs (a)(4)(ii) through (iv) of this section, and to review proposed extension centers, or course offerings on the campus of another degree-granting institution that require approval according to subdivision (d) of this section, with respect to the criteria set forth in subparagraphs (c)(2)(ii) through (iv) of this section, and to make recommendations to the commissioner on the need for such branch campuses, curricula, extension centers or course offerings.

§ 54.2 Exceptions.

The following shall not be subject to the provisions of section 54.1 of this Part:

(a) units of New York institutions located outside the State or on territory over which the Federal government has asserted exclusive jurisdiction;

(b) registered clinical or field curricula, components of registered curricula, or courses within a registered curriculum, where such curricula, components or courses require special facilities unavailable at the principal center;

(c) courses offered for credit by a degree-granting institution to secondary school students within a secondary school, where those courses are part of a registered curriculum at the degree-granting institution;

(d) courses or curricula offered by an institution within a correctional facility where those courses are part of registered curricula or where the curricula are registered at the institution’s principal center or branch campus;

(e) courses or curricula offered by an institution on the territory of a native American reservation where those courses are part of registered curricula or where the curricula are registered at the institution’s principal center or branch campus; and

(f) other off-campus offerings for credit which the commissioner determines warrant exceptional treatment.

§ 54.3 Registration and evaluation of off-campus instruction.

(a) Every institution shall maintain current records of all locations at which it offers courses for credit other than its principal center or branch campuses. Such records shall include the number of courses offered for credit at each such location and the number of course registrations for credit at each location. Institutions shall report this information to the commissioner upon request.

(b) All courses which an institution offers for credit at an extension site or an extension center shall be part of the registered curricula offered at an institution’s principal center or branch campus and shall be subject to the standards required of all registered curricula by section 52.2 of this Subchapter.

Section 52.21Rev. 7/11/02
Section 52.21(b)(2)(iv)(c)(1) Rev. 5/03
Section 52.21(b)(3)(vi)(b)(1)(vii) and (ix)Rev.10/08