Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:05/8/2014 
Constituent Institution:Elizabeth City State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Business Administration 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:520201 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program: Business Administration On-line degree Completion Program. (Concentrations: Management, Marketing, Economics and Finance, and Management Information Systems) 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:B.S. 
Date of Initiation:08/1/2014 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?Online Delivery via Blackboard and Internet 
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) NO 
Is the institution adding a significantly different program from previously reported programs offered via technology-based instruction? (2) YES 
Does this action constitute a substantive change? If so, by what date should SACS be notified? 05/1/2014 
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

This is a request for an authorization to plan an online degree completion program for a Business Administration degree with concentrations in Management, Marketing, Economics and Finance, and Management Information Systems. The proposed program is targeting the growing demand of Community College students, current Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) students, and the working class citizens throughout North Carolina aspiring to complete their B.S. degrees in Business Administration through distance education. Enrollment growth is one of ECSU's goals; hence, the Walter R. Davis School of
Business and Economics and Elizabeth City State University will benefit from the ensued enrollment growth. Also, the University of North Carolina system will gain from the enrollment growth. The proposed program will also provide crucial needed educational service opportunities to thousands of North Carolina citizens who would otherwise not been able to have access to education or degree completion. Consequently, the implementation of this program will certainly increase the needed manpower within the State of North Carolina.

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

The instructional delivery system will be on-line using Blackboard and Internet as the main conveying platforms. In today's world, technology has evolved so rapidly that different media are also being used to facilitate instructional deliveries- Skype, Internet links, Videos, YouTube videos, Social media and all sorts of internet based instructional technologies are readily and virtually available at random these days. The Blackboard online course management system includes the opportunity to link to popular social media videos from YouTube as well as to create videos specifically for students using Ech0360 technology.

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

Elizabeth City State University is a constituent institution of the UNC system located in the Northeast corner of the state. Through its teaching, research and community outreach, the university has become a valuable resource for developing the intellectual capital of the state and nation. The University pursues the goal of fostering life-long learning experiences to our immediate and extended communities. This proposed program supports this goal by providing nontraditional students the opportunity to eam a B.S. degree in Business Administration through distance learning technologies. The program will provide an opportunity for current
students and graduates of two year Associate degree programs to extend their life-long learning experience.  The School of Business and Economics is collaborating with the following community colleges and a host of others to create transfer articulation agreements enabling any of their students who decides to come to ECSU
to be able to complete their B.Sc. Degree with a concentration in Management, Marketing, Economics and Finance, or Management Information Systems within two years of being admitted.
• College of the Albemarle (COA)
• Halifax Community College
• Martin Community College
• Chowan Community College
Collaboration with these institutions has increased the demand for an online program to accommodate transfer students in completing the degree requirements for our program. The increased access to courses supports the mission and strategic plan of the University, and provides a significant opportunity for growth in student enrollment.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:
Year 2:15 
Year 3:22 
Year 4:30 
Year 5:40 
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. Kingsley Nwala 
Contact Title:Dean