Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:09/2/2009 
Constituent Institution:UNC at Pembroke 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Sociology 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:451101 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Online Sociology Program 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:Soc 
Date of Initiation:01/1/2010 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?UNCP's designated course management system 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.): 

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) YES 
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?  
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

We will offer our Bachelor of Arts Program in Sociology online.  Our intended audience is students who cannot attend on-campus classes for reasons of work, military requirements,  family commitments, or distance obstacles. 

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

Our online program will be accessed through the designated course management system for our campus (currently Blackboard).   Classes may be enhanced by use of online video and audio files.  Professors will be accessible through discussion boards, e-mails, and phone.

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

Over the past four years, we have had an increasing number of current students and prospective students request that our program be put online so they can either finish their degrees in a timely manner while maintaining work, military, or family commitments  or so they will have access from a distance.  Since we are receiving at least 25 to 30 requests per semester, we believe we have adequate demand for putting our program online. 

Fayetteville State University currently offers a sociology online degree completion program.  Their program is restricted to offering 300-400 level courses online.  Our program will offer all sociology courses needed to obtain a B.A. in sociology. 

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:10 
Year 2:20 
Year 3:35 
Year 4:50 
Year 5:75 
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:Dr. Charles Tita 
Contact Title:Director of Distance Education