Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:03/24/2014 
Constituent Institution:Appalachian State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Higher Education 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:13.0406 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Education Specialist in Higher Education 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:Ed. S.  
Date of Initiation:01/13/2015 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?Internet 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):1 year 8 months 

SACS/COC substantive change questions (1=Procedure One; 2=Procedure Two)

Site-based (where the instructor is present):

Is the institution initiating instruction where the student may earn more than 25% and less than 50% of credits toward a degree at a site 30 miles or more from the campus? (2) NO 
Is the institution initiating an (additional) off-campus site at which students may earn at least 50% of an educational program? (1) NO 
Is the institution adding significantly different degree programs at a currently approved site? (2) NO 
Distance learning (where instructor and student are geographically separated):
Is the institution offering its first credit courses via technology-based instruction by which students can obtain at least 25% of credits toward a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution expanding a previously reported program from less than 50% of credits to 50% or more of a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution adding a significantly different program from previously reported programs offered via technology-based instruction? (2) NO 
Does this action constitute a substantive change? If so, by what date should SACS be notified? 01/1/2015 
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies intends to offer an online program leading to the Education Specialist in Higher Education.  The courses will be delivered via the internet beginning in January 2015 with both synchronous and asynchronous online components.  Six semester hours will be offered per term.  Appalachian State will offer 30 credit hours, which constitutes 100% of the credit hours required to obtain the degree.

The program is designed to be offered to a cohort group with a maximum limit of 20 students.  Students outside the cohort will be permitted to enroll in a course with the permission of the academic program coordinator.  Internship requirements will be met by each student in accordance with academic department guidelines.  Intern placement and supervision will be handled and evaluated by certified and highly qualified faculty.

The proposed audience is individuals from North Carolina who currently possess a master’s degree and who wish to become prepared for leadership positions as administrators or faculty in community colleges and universities.

2. Describe the proposed instructional delivery systems (e.g., on-site instruction by faculty, interactive video, Internet, etc.).

The instructional delivery system will be via the Internet, both synchronously and asynchronously, and will utilize a Moodle-based classroom management platform as well as OpenQwaq, a 3-D virtual world platform used in many of Appalachian State University’s online graduate programs.The link to OpenQwaq is

3. Describe need for the program (referencing results of surveys or special studies).

The need for this program has been established by various phone calls, survey results, inquiries and word-of-month information –sharing opportunities by Appalachian faculty, currently enrolled students and potential students.Theaudience for this degree is working professionals in the field who wish to advance their careers, and online degree programs have been shown to be effective with these kinds of students.Additionally, Appalachian State has moved several programs online in recent years.The demand for online versions of the Education Specialist in School Administration and the Master of School Administration, Library Science, Educational Media, and School Administration Add-On Licensure suggests that similar demand exists for this Higher Education degree.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:15 
Year 2:15 
Year 3:15 
Year 4:15 
Year 5:15 
his intent to plan a new distance education degree program (or program site) has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate campus committees and authorities.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Contact Name:Mary F. Englebert 
Contact Title:Director of Distance Education