Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:11/8/2013 
Constituent Institution:Appalachian State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Higher Education 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:13.0406 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Master of Arts in Higher Education 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MA 
Date of Initiation:08/19/2015 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? NO 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery? 
If "no," list proposed sites.

University of North Carolina at Asheville, 1 University Heights, Asheville, Buncombe, NC

If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):2 years 

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

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies intends to offer a degree progam leading to the Master of Arts degree in Higher Education to individuals residing in the Buncombe County area. The courses will be delivered on the site of University of North Carolina at Asheville (1 University  Heights, Asheville, NC) beginning in August 2015.  Courses will be scheduled in the evening and on selected weekends.  Six semester hours will be offered per term.  The program is designed to be offered to a cohort group. Appalachian State will offer 36 credit hours, which constitutes 100% of the credit hours required to obtain the degree.

The proposed audience is individuals from the geographic area who currently possess an undergraduate degree and who wish to become prepared for administrative leadership or adult education positions in community colleges and universities.  It is anticpated that approximately 15 students will be enrolled in this cohort.  The projected length of the program is two years.

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

The distance education program will be delivered via face-to face and online instruction (49% or less).  Some courses may be completely face-to-face, others may be hybrid, and a few may be held completely online.  Face-to-face courses will be  taught at the site in the evenings or on week-ends.  This program is listed as a hybrid program.

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

The College of Education Dean at Appalachian State University contacted the College of Education Dean at Western Carolina University to gain permission to enter Buncombe County with the Master of Arts programs.  Western Carolina University indicated that the institution had discontinued their Master of Arts programs and would not deliver the programs off campus in the future.  A need for this program has been established by various phone calls, inquiries, a survey and word-of-mouth information sharing opportunities by Appalachian faculty and faculty/staff employed at post-secondary institutions in the Buncombe County area.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:15 
Year 2:15 
Year 3:
Year 4:
Year 5:
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