Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:04/29/2013 
Constituent Institution:NC Central University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Career Counseling and Placement 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:131102 
Level:
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Career Counseling and Placement 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MA 
Date of Initiation:08/2/2013 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?Internet - Online 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
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) YES 
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.

Summary:

The intention is to change an existing site-based program in Career Counseling and Placement to an online degree program in Career Counseling and Placement.

Program Proposal

The Department of Allied Professions, Counselor Education Program, currently has a site-based program inCareer Counseling (in addition to site-based programs in School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling). The Career Counseling program prepares counselors to work with individuals in college,industrial, and community settings. The primary focus of the program is to prepare professional counselorswho can promote human growth and vocational development in various settings.

This existing Career Counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and has a 48-hour program of study. CACREP is anindependent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master's degree programs in counseling. There are only eight such career counseling programs in the United States.

There are three programs in California, one in Colorado, two in Florida, one in Missouri, and one in North Carolina.

 

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

The current technology used on NCCU’s campus (Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate) is appropriate to thenature and objectives of the program. The program will utilize the Internet and existing campus resourcesto deliver course content. Specifically, Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate will be the primary toolsused for course delivery. In the case of clinical supervision, appropriate technology will be used to facilitatesecure and encrypted audio and video communication regarding clinical material. It is not intended that any additional technology or software will be needed to implement this proposed program.

 

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

The Counselor Education Program currently receives three to five email messages per week inquiring about an online degree program. The Program’s website, in 2012 alone, has received over 14,500 unique visitors since January from over 100 different countries. In October of 2012, the Program’s website has received 400 hits from the CACREP website (that specifies our Career Counseling accreditation) - and 40 hits from NCCU’s page describing the Career Counseling Program. These inquiries have not translated into admitted students. Program faculty have repeatedly fielded questions from site supervisors and colleagues accross the southeast United States inquiring as to why the Career Counseling Program is not online. A stereotypical career counseling major is a non-traditional, working student who has been in the field for a number of years. Unless a prospective student is local to the triangle, they are unlikely to select the program as a result of location. Having the Career Counseling Program online will expand the number of applicants exponentially. This program will be the only online Career Counseling program in the United States.

The NCCU Counseling Program has historically competed against online universities with counseling programs (some are accredited and some are not): Liberty Univeristy, Webster University, Walden University, and Capella University (and now Wake Forest) for counseling students. In the last two years, multiple students have been offered admission to the NCCU Counseling Program -- and then not enrolled in order to complete an online program with another university.

 

 
4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:10 
Year 2:20 
Year 3:20 
Year 4:20 
Year 5:20 
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.
YES 
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
 
Contact Name:Dr. Edward Moody 
Contact Title:Chair, Department of Allied Professions 
Contact Email:emoody@nccu.edu