Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:04/28/2014 
Constituent Institution:Appalachian State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Educational/Instructional Media Design 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:13.0501 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Master of Arts in Educational Media  
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MA 
Date of Initiation:01/12/2015 
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.

Avery High School,
401 High School Road                       
Newland, NC
Avery County


Newland Elementary School
750 Linville St
Newland, NC
Avery County

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) 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? 07/1/2014 
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies intends to offer a degree program leading to the Master of Arts in Educational Media-Instructional Technology Specialist/Computers to individuals residing in the Avery County area.  The courses will be delivered on the site of Avery High School or Newland Elementary School, beginning in August 2014.  The department is assessing each site for appropriate technology and equipment and will make a final decision before submitting the Appendix G.  Courses will be scheduled in the evenings and/or 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 Instructional Technology Specialists or Facilitators in North Carolina public schools.  It is anticipated 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.).

This distance education program will be delivered via face-to-face and online instruction.  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 weekends.

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, inquiries and referrals, especially from teachers and administrators in the Avery County School District.There are no other institutions offering a similar program in this location.

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 Englebert 
Contact Title:Director of Distance Education