Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:10/4/2010 
Constituent Institution:Fayetteville State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:51.1601 
Level:
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:RN to BSN 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:BSN 
Date of Initiation:10/18/2010 
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.

Core nursing courses will be offered online via the internet with Blackboard as the platform for those working nurses who live outside the immediate vicinity. On site instruction will be offered on campus as an option for laboratory classes. Face to face instruction will also be an available option both on campus and at a local hospital.

 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):One calendar 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) 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) YES 
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? 12/15/2011 
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

Fayetteville State University has offered the RN to BSN program since 1992 based on the educational needs of the region which had and still has a dearth of baccalaureate and higher prepared nurses. In order to be able to accommodate  nurses with Associate Degrees and Diplomas who desire to advance their education but  are working full-time and live outside the immediate vicinity, Fayetteville State University plans to offer the core nursing curriculum online and still maintain the face to face education as an option.

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

The instructional delivery system for core nursing courses will be delivered online using BlackBoard as the platform as well as interactive video such as skype as well as video-recordings. On site instruction will be offered as an option for laboratory classes. To meet the needs of the RN to BSN student who is also working, all online courses will be asynchronous. The online courses will use discussion board and group projects to develop a collegial environment.

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

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), approximately 67% of all Registered Nurses have an Associate Degree or Diploma as their initial educational preparation.  With the increase in numbers of hospitals seeking magnet status, more and more hospitals including our local hospitals are requiring a BSN degree as the entry level credential. Fayetteville State University has offered the RN to BSN program since 1992 based on the educational needs of the region which had and still has a dearth of baccalaureate and higher prepared nurses. To be able to accommodate nurses who are working full-time and live outside the immediate vicinity we plan to offer the core nursing courses online. Although some sister schools in the UNC system offer similar programs, there is a large number of nurses who are seeking a BSN degree and thus a great demand still exists.

 
4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:30 
Year 2:40 
Year 3:45 
Year 4:50 
Year 5:55 
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. Afua Arhin 
Contact Title:Chair - Nursing 
Contact Email:aarhin@uncfsu.edu