Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Policy and Management (PPM)


Public Policy and Management

First Advisor

Josephine LaPlante


distance education, Maine, online education, Muskie School of Public Service


Through a review of literary resources and individual interviews with USM faculty and administrators this paper aims to identify both factors that motivate and inhibit faculty from teaching online, as well as assess interest among USM’s population in expanding online offerings. This paper also aims to determine areas of concern among faculty and administrators, as well as identify some areas for new and continuing investments in online education at USM. It is hoped that this work will assist USM in developing an institutional policy for online educational offerings at USM that serves both the community and the institution well. It is also hoped that the knowledge gained during this research about faculty perceptions of online will provide the additional information needed to help encourage more faculty members to teach via the online mode of curricular delivery.