Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:04/9/2014 
Constituent Institution:Western Carolina University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Engineering 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:14.0101 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Bachelor of Science in Engineering - General 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:BS 
Date of Initiation:08/18/2014 
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.

Biltmore Park in Asheville, NC.

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) YES 
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.

Starting in August 2014, we propose to offer the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program in Asheville’s Biltmore Park community.  The target audience is working professionals seeking an undergraduate engineering degree.  To accommodate the schedules of most working professionals, most of the engineering courses delivered to Biltmore Park will be held during the evening.   Math, Science, and liberal studies courses will not be delivered to Biltmore Park.  Students will be encouraged to take these courses at area community colleges.

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

The engineering courses at Biltmore Park will all be delivered by face-to-face instruction.  The format of these courses will be lecture, laboratory, and seminar.

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

In Asheville and the surrounding region, there are many small to medium-sized manufacturing companies.  These companies have a need for engineers with experience in lean manufacturing, quality assurance, manufacturing design, instrumentation, and control systems.   Within 50 miles of Asheville, there is no undergraduate engineering program that offers these courses to support regional manufacturing companies.  There are no other similar programs at this location offered by UNC institutions.

This new program will provide regional manufacturers with engineers who have the expertise that they need.  Employees of these companies will be able to work full-time while pursuing an engineering degree.  In addition, local employers will be able to serve on the industrial advisory board and will have direct input concerning the engineering curriculum.


4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:10 
Year 2:12 
Year 3:15 
Year 4:20 
Year 5:25 
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:Robert D. Adams 
Contact Title:Interim Department Head