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Virginia Tech's Mission Statement serves as the foundation for all educational programs and services at Virginia Tech, including online (or distance) education programs. Likewise, Virginia Tech's administrative structure is the same for distance education as it is for campus-based education. For more information on administration and university governance, please visit Virginia Tech's Administration page.

Strategic Plan

Distance learning is included in Virginia Tech's six-year strategic plan, A Plan for a New Horizon, Envisioning Virginia Tech 2012-2018. The Virginia Tech Information Technology Strategic Plan 2012-2018 and the Information Technology Operational Plan for 2014-2016 include services that directly support distance learning aspects of the university's strategic plan.

Distance Learning Policies

All policies for distance learning, unless otherwise noted, are the same as for all university policies relating to faculty, students, courses and programs including:
  • General University Policies
  • Finance and Business Policies
  • Human Resource Policies
  • Facilities Policies
  • Academic Policies
  • Information Technology Policies
  • Student Affairs Policies
  • Development and University Relations Policies
  • Research Policies
All university policies are available on the University Policies website.


To learn more about Virginia Tech's online or blended programs, please visit the Degrees page or the Certificates page. Individual program descriptions, links to the departmental program websites, and email contact information for program directors are listed on each individual program's page.

Resources and Student Services

Resources and student services are available to all currently enrolled Virginia Tech students (distance and campus-based). More information may be found on the Resources page and on the Student Services page.

Approved SARA Institution

As a participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) since January 2015, Virginia Tech affirms its commitment to ensure that courses and programs offered through the SARA initiative provide high-quality opportunities that can help students reach their goals. Learn more about student benefits on the NC-SARA site.

SREB's Electronic Campus

Virginia Tech welcomes students of the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus. For more information on specific Virginia Tech online or blended programs, please visit our degree or certificate pages. Access in-depth information on Virginia Tech processes and procedures on our resources page.

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