This video interview with Tony Bates discusses the factors at play and the advantages and disadvantages of faculties being responsible for distance education, based on the experience of the University of British Columbia, which unsuccessfully moved to decentralise services in 2003.
To see the video, click Centralised DE at dual mode universities? – Quicktime 320 x 240.mov for Quicktime, or Centralised or decentralised DE? 320×240.wmv for Windows Media
The interview was done for the University of Wisconsin 2009 Annual Conference on distance education