Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:02/26/2014 
Constituent Institution:NC A&T University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Liberal Studies 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:24.0101 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:BA in Liberal Studies 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:BA 
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?The Internet 
If "no," list proposed sites.

 Not applicable

If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):Not applicable 

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 BA in Liberal Studies is most often sought by (a) non-traditional students who need to complete their degree; and (b) Military students and veterans who benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of this program.  This degree is intended for students who have interest in graduate school within the area of African American Studies, International Studies, Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies, Education, Public Administration and areas in humanities.


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

 The instructional delivery for the BA in Liberal Studies will be the Internet.  Students will be able to start with zero credits and complete 124 credit hours and earn their bachelor’s degree through online learning. The Blackboard course management system will be used as the main interface with the students.  All student services will be available online, but students who wish to visit the campus will be welcome to do so.


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

 Twenty Liberal Studies Degrees were conferred by NCA&TSU in 2005 (when the department was first organized) and 91 were awarded in 2012.  This demonstrates a steady and significant increase in students earning an undergraduate degree and students interested in the Liberal Studies Program offerings.

UNCG offers fully-online a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies as a bachelor's-completion program designed for working adults who have already completed an Associate of Art or Associate of Science, or who have at least 60 transferable credits toward a Bachelor's degree.


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All courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies concentrations are 100% online and asynchronous.  This program does not have the same concentrations offered at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) Liberal Studies degree program.  These concentrations include:  African American Studies (AAS). International Studies (IS), Women’s Studies (WS), Race, Class & Culture (RCC), Cultural Change & Social Development (CCSD), and Pre-Law (PL).{C}{C}

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:50 
Year 2:75 
Year 3:100 
Year 4:100 
Year 5:100 
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 McEwen 
Contact Title:Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness