Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:11/21/2012 
Constituent Institution:Winston-Salem State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Bachelor Of Science in Nursing 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:51.3801 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:BSN 
Date of Initiation:12/31/1969 
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.

Chapel Hill North Carolina

If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):1 year 

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 RN-BSN Option is an 8 course, 3 semester-long program for Diploma and/or Associate degree-prepared Registered Nurses to earn a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing.  It is designed to meet the needs of the working nurse, be consistent with NCBON requirements, meet Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing, and support Institute of Medicine and Magnet initiatives.  The content is consistent with that offered by WSSU RN-BSN Option at other sites in the state.

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

The instructional delivery method will be face-to-face onsite at UNC Health System in Chapel Hill.  The delivery will be enhanced by web-applications outside of class time via BlackBoard 9.1 through which discussion boards, interactive video, and internet application will be applied.

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

UNC Health System  representatives contacted the WSSU RN-BSN Option Director in February 2012 with the request to discuss the possibility of bringing the program on-site in Chapel Hill.  The definite desire of UNC Health System to move forward with the process was expressed in June 2012.

The WSSU RN-BSN Option is the largest program of its type within the UNC system. Following infrastructure enhancement to accommodate responses to additional prospective sites, a survey was completed at UNC Health System in Chapel Hill, which indicated that 98 nurses are interested in such a program.  As a result of the high response rate to the survey, an on-site program information session with preliminary transcript review opportunities were provided at UNC Health System on August 2012.  All fifty interview slots were filled with a further 40 interested nurses attending the information session.  Additionally, 15 nurses left transcripts with information sheets in a designated box.  Reviews were conducted at WSSU and responses made to the inquiring nurses.  There have been approximately 40 further communiques of interest since the on-site session.

No other NC university offers a seated RN-BSN program in Chapel Hill.  At one time, UNC-Chapel Hill offered an RN-BSN program; however, expenditures and efforts are now toward the RN-MSN program with the RN-BSN no longer being offered by UNC-Chapel Hill.  Dean Swanson from UNC-CH and Dr. Campbell, Associate Dean at WSSU, are aware and supportive of the collaborative approach to offer to nurses in the Research Triangle Area the RN-BSN Option through WSSU and the RN-MSN program through UNC-CH.



4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:20 
Year 2:25 
Year 3:25 
Year 4:30 
Year 5:35 
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. Cathy Franklin-Griffin 
Contact Title:Interim Director, RN-BSN Option