The online degrees and certificates have been rolled out over the past dozen years - one and two at a time. Beginning with a Liberal Studies degree completion at the baccalaureate level and the masters in Management Information Systems and Teacher Leadership at the graduate level the program expanded at a measured pace.
Program requests generated at the departmental level and progressed through the normal governance process. http://online.uis.edu/info/process.html
Faculty members receive a stipend to translate an on campus class into an online class - with the assistance of the Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning. Commonly, this is accomplished during the summer term. All online classes are offered as part of the normal teaching load - just as on campus classes. The online classes generally carry class caps of 25 - lower for writing-intensive clases.