By The Numbers

DELTA uses its budget to support online and distance education and student success broadly, both through a comprehensive suite of services, and by directly supporting college and department efforts to provide online and distance education courses and programs.

All numbers and percentages are from the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The segments about DELTA services encompass the operating and personnel expenses for individuals and units that provide those services.

Each year’s budget begins with continuing funding to keep DELTA running. Ninety-eight percent of DELTA’s base budget is appropriations with the remaining two percent student Education Technology Fees.

DELTA receives funding based on the growth of enrollments in online and distance education programs. We ensure that 80% of these funds are reallocated to the colleges, departments, programs and faculty who deliver the courses.

DELTA also receives funding through receipts, the campus-initiated tuition increase (CITI), for legislative salary increases and bonuses, from the university benefits pool and one-time allocations.

Support for Flexible Access Courses

25% of total budget

DELTA provides funding for each open enrollment (flexible access) course.

FY 2017-2018 Support for Flexible Access Courses Amount
Faculty Support $3,728,745
Department Support $1,318,040
Teaching Assistants $925,000
Laboratory Support $8,950
College Administrative Support $536,625
Total $6,517,360

Online and Distance Education Program Budgets

10% of total budget

Each program receives continuing funding that is adjusted up or down at the beginning of each fiscal year in accordance with the aggregate enrollment change for all online and distance education programs housed in the college at a level of 80 percent of the academic (101) portion of the formula, proportionately adjusted for any budgetary or allocation changes occurring at the system or university level.

Funding for online and distance education programs with non-resident enrollments is set at 80 percent of the academic portion of non-resident budgets using the same ratios as for fundable aggregates to determine the academic budget.

Online and Distance Education Enrollment Growth

8% of total budget

Each program’s budget is adjusted based on growth or decline in enrollments.

DELTA provides advising to online and distance education students.

Unique Online and
DE Students

Enrollments in Online
and DE Courses

Average Yearly
Credit Hour Growth

Online and Distance Education Program Planning Funds

2% of total budget

DELTA supports program planning and development efforts so that faculty and departments can develop programs that provide learning opportunities for students unable to come to campus.

DELTA Grants

1% of total budget

The DELTA Grants program provides funding and personnel support for the development or improvement of an online course, the redesign of a critical-path or large-enrollment course, or the exploration of technologies and techniques for online teaching and learning.

Enterprise Academic Technology Systems

15% of total budget

With WolfWare, Moodle, Mediasite, Collaborate, WordPress and Top Hat, DELTA provides a set of enterprise learning systems that can benefit any course. The WolfWare Outreach service allows DELTA to provide this academic technology platform support for non-credit, fee-based outreach, extension and engagement offerings.
Live Stream and
Recording Views

WolfWare Outreach Courses and Enrollments

Online Course Development, Instructional Media, Large-Course Redesign

9% of total budget

DELTA instructional designers and media developers work with faculty to develop and improve online courses, explore innovative instructional media solutions and redesign large, critical-path courses.

DELTA supported more than 44 courses with 12,522 hours of instructional production.

Instructional Videos Produced

Student Recruitment

6% of total budget

DELTA builds the brand of NC State Online and Distance Education overall and also provides marketing and student recruitment for individual online and distance education programs.

Help Desk and Training

6% of total budget

DELTA provides a learning technology help desk with live assistance 66 hours per week and a full suite of learning technology and pedagogy workshops.

689 faculty and staff benefited from 115 workshops in 2017-18

Help Desk Calls


Distance Education Classrooms

5% of total budget

DELTA maintains 10 Distance Education classrooms where classes can be recorded for online and distance education students to watch at their convenience.

Hours of Classroom Recordings

Online and Distance Education Services, Testing and Advising

5% of total budget

DELTA Testing Services provides student authentication and a monitored environment for students to take exams and quizzes for online and distance education courses.

DELTA provides advising to online and distance education students.

84,751 Exams Proctored for 20,394 students

      Courses proctored


      Local Exams


      Remote Exams


      Local Students


      Remote Students


      DRO exams proctored


      DELTA Administration

      4% of total budget

      The DELTA Business Office and Senior Management provide support and leadership for all DELTA activities.


      3% of total budget

      DELTA has several facilities to maintain including office clusters in the Center for Technology and Innovation, Cox Hall, Park Shops, Ricks Hall Annex and the Venture IV Building.

      Planning and Assessment

      1% of total budget

      Planning and Assessment investigates the impact of new teaching methods and innovative pedagogy, evaluates the services DELTA provides for supporting faculty and students, and carries out research and resources for DELTA’s data-driven decisions for promoting student success.