Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:02/19/2014 
Constituent Institution:UNC at Wilmington 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Social Work 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:44.07 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Part-time MSW program 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MSW 
Date of Initiation:08/14/2014 
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.

 Jacksonville, North Carolina (Onslow county)

If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):3 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) YES 
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 part-time MSW program will offer the same curriculum as the full-time MSW program over an extended period of time.  The part-time MSW program will take three years, including summers, to complete.  Twenty-four part-time students will be admitted per year, divided between students at the New River Air Station and the main campus in Wilmington.  The intended audience is human services professionals who are currently employed.

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

All classes will be delivered in a hybrid format, meaning they will be delivered partially online using Blackboard, as well as delivered in person and using VTC.  Instructors for each course will alternate teaching between New River Air Station and UNCW, as well as online.  

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

Based on feedback from the School of Social Work advisory board, which is comprised of social service administrators, alumni, and community members, it was determined that the school should conduct a survey to assess the need for a part-time MSW program.  An online survey was distributed to alumni and to social service agencies in New Hanover County and surrounding counties.  Sixty-two respondents stated that they would be interested in pursuing a MSW part-time.  Thirty-one respondents stated they would take classes in New River Station and 47 stated they would take classes on the main campus of UNCW.  A majority of students stated they would prefer to come to campus two evenings per week. Seventy-five respondents stated they were interested in a program that offered courses partially online. 

The closest part-time MSW program to UNCW is located at East Carolina University in Greenville, which is an hour-and-a-half drive from Jacksonville.  The courses for the part-time MSW program at ECU are only offered on Saturdays from 9-4 over a three period. ECU does not utilize a hybrid format. 

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:24 
Year 2:48 
Year 3:72 
Year 4:72 
Year 5:72 
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:Ron Vetter 
Contact Title:Interim Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School