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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-22, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 20 January, 2022 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2022.


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Correspondence course

core definition

A correspondence course is a study unit undertaken by the student remotely from campus via written communication with teachers.

explanatory context

Although correspondence courses made use of mailed interactions between student and teacher, some redefinitions now include internet communication.

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For Black Hills State University (2004), a correspondence course is:

a course that is completed through correspondence (via mail or internet) at home and is self-directed and self-paced. The student does not have to come on campus or take on campus classes to take a correspondence course. 


Northeast Texas Network Consortium (2002) and Indiana College Network (2003) define it, precluding internet communication, as:

Correspondence course: A course in which communication between student and instructor is done with printed materials via the US Mail.

The Higher Learning Commission (2011) refers to correspondence education:

Correspondence Education: Education provided through one or more courses in which the institution provides instructional materials and examinations by mail or electronic transmission to students who are separated from the instructor. Interaction between the instructor and the student is not regular and substantive, and it is primarily initiated by the student. Correspondence courses are typically self-paced. Correspondence education is not distance education.

associated issues

related areas

See also

distance education


Black Hills State University (BHSU), 2004, Frequently Asked Questions About Correspondence Learning at BHSU,, undated, accessed November 2004, not available 17 February 2011.

Higher Learning Commission, 2011, Understanding the Statement of Affiliation Status and Organizational Profile, available at, accessed 20 September 2012, still available 31 December 2016, site compromised and not available 20 June 2019.

Indiana College Network (ICN), 2007, ‘Glossary' available at, updated 15 February 2007, accessed 20 September 2012, page not available 31 December 2016.

Northeast Texas Network Consortium (NTNC), 2002, Distance Learning College Glossary available at, accessed 20 September 2012, still available 31 December 2016, not found 20 June 2019.

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