John R. Bourne Outstanding Online Program

Nominations are currently closed.

This award recognizes an outstanding online certificate, degree or continuing education program offered by an OLC member institution. The ideal recipient of this award would be an institution who houses a degree, certificate or continuing education program that has a proven record of excellence, as demonstrated by its success in providing expanded access, learning effectiveness, and high levels of student and faculty satisfaction, in a cost-effective manner. This award consists of a commemorative plaque.

Award Criteria:

Access: The program has improved access to education by expanding opportunities and/or reducing barriers.

Learning Effectiveness: The program demonstrates effectiveness in producing learning outcomes, which are consistent with learner needs and representative of the distinctive quality of the institution.

Cost Effectiveness: The program is provided in a manner that is cost-effective for the institution and provides educational value for learners and other stakeholders.

Student Satisfaction: Learners who complete the program or substantial portion of it express satisfaction with their learning experience, including course rigor and fairness, instructor and peer interaction, and provision of support services.

Faculty Satisfaction: Faculty who teach in the program find the online teaching experience to be personally rewarding and professionally beneficial.

Supporting Letters: The supporting letters address the quality of the online program in the OLC Pillar areas.

Required Award Documentation

  • A detailed description of the online degree, certificate, or continuing education program that summarizes the program and provides evidence of how the program meets the award criteria.
  • A URL and necessary passwords to access the program’s website and sample courses or, if passwords are not available to share, screenshots of the program’s website and screenshots of sample course pages within the program.
  • Three completed external evaluation forms, including forms from at least one faculty member and one senior administrator.


For additional information, please contact:

Devon Cancilla
Chief Knowledge Officer
Online Learning Consortium
Email: devon.cancilla@onlinelearning-c.org