Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:07/2/2014 
Constituent Institution:Appalachian State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:BS Communication  
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:09.0101 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Bachelor of Science Communication Studies  
Exact Degree Abbreviation:BS 
Date of Initiation:05/22/2015 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?Internet 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):5 semesters/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) 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 Department of Communication intends to offer an online program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies.  The online offerings will focus on strategic communication.  The courses will be delivered via the Internet beginning in August 2015 with both synchronous and asynchronous components.  12 semester hours will be offered per term.  Appalachian State University will offer 57 credit hours.  The program is designed to be offered to a cohort group with a minimum of 18 students.

The program of study provides a rigorous exploration of the theory and practice of persuasive communication and concentrates on building knowledge and skills to plan, deliver,  and evaluate strategic communication.  The online program consists of 19 required Appalachian courses that will be delivered to students who have completed sufficient transfer credits and are seeking to earn a baccalaureate degree.  Courses will be offered in a format that will allow students to complete the degree in 5 semesters over 2 years.

At the request of military liaisons at bases in North Carolina, the campus and academic department are offering their BS Communication Studies Degree to meet the specific needs of enlisted service members.  The non-military audience for the online program is individuals from North Carolina who wish to pursue careers in a variety of contexts that require strategic communication, including political, non-profit, legal, ministerial, and counseling.

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

The program will be offered 100% online via the web. Occasional synchronous cyber-class meetings may be required.

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

The U.S. military liaisons to the campus indicated their strong interest in having Appalachian offer this Communication Studies program online for members of the military wishing to obtain a four-year degree.Because the minimum number of students required to make the offering financially viable will likely not be attained through military enrollments, the program will seek prospective students from the general populace.A survey is currently underway to ascertain the degree of interest among this population.Should the survey indicate sufficient interest outside the military, we will submit the Appendix G requesting approval to begin the program.

No other UNC institutions offer similar programs.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:18 
Year 2:18 
Year 3:18 
Year 4:18 
Year 5:18 
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:Mary F. Englebert 
Contact Title:Director of Distance Education