Distance learning, despite being a relatively new phenomenon, has been incorporated into many college and university programs, both as single courses and in complete programs. Those institutions that have not already begun to offer distance learning are quickly developing courses and programs to meet the needs and demands of their students. While each institution has its own mission and goal for distance learning, there are certain things that need to be considered while developing or implementing a curriculum that involves education at a distance. This paper will explore distance learning from a macro perspective and suggest some critical success factors that will aid faculty and institutions in distance learning development. The author will also share anecdotes from his experiences.