Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:05/9/2014 
Constituent Institution:NC A&T University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Leadership Studies 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:30.9999 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Ph.D in Leadership Studies 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:PhD 
Date of Initiation:01/7/2015 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?Video Teleconferencing and Internet 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):N/A 

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) 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 proposed program will offer the Ph.D in Leadership Studies program to active duty Marines and Department of Defense civilian employees, starting with those at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The Leadership Studies Ph. D. program is interdisciplinary in nature and affords part-time and full-time students the opportunity to advance in their respective careers by taking advantage of the vast array of graduate course offerings across the University’s academic units. The core of the program emphasizes critical issues in the field of organizational leadership.

Beyond the leadership core requirements, students may select courses (electives) that best meet their professional goals. The minimum number of credit hours for the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies is 51 credit hours. In addition, there is the option to transfer in up six hours of previous post-masters work. Unlike other programs that focus on specific fields, the Ph.D in Leadership Studies program was intentionally designed to serve professionals with a wide-range of backgrounds, academic interests and pursuits. Thus, the Leadership Studies Ph.D. program is for anyone who wants to develop practical and academic knowledge, skills and abilities in topics related to organizational leadership.

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

The proposed project will utilize a VTC (Video-teleconferencing) model and the Internet for course instructions. The initial orientation for each new cohort will be face-to-face. Faculty from the program will travel to Camp Lejeune for this initial activity. The facility for this activity is John A. Lejeune Education Center, Room 300, a room secured by UNCGA personnel.   Internet and interactive video communications and advising will be utilized as students continue in the program unless they choose to visit the campus.

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

The Leadership Studies Ph. D. program is a unique program as it is the only program in North Carolina that offers an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in leadership studies. We were approached by Ann Marie Beal, Director of Military Education,   and Ashley Adamorage, Military Academic Advisor, MCB Camp Lejeune, both from UNCGA to offer Ph.D degree in Leadership Studies to high ranking officers and staff based on the uniqueness of this program. There is no other UNC institution that offers a similar degree at this location. These two individuals listed above are both employees of the University of North Carolina, General Administration and they indicated that they have the support of General Assembly as well as the Board of Governors to pursue this initiative.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:
Year 2:10 
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:Dr. Beryl C. McEwen 
Contact Title:Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness