Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:06/3/2013 
Constituent Institution:UNC at Pembroke 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Master of Social Work  
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:440701 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Master of Social Work  
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MSW 
Date of Initiation:08/2/2014 
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.

 Fort Bragg, Cumberland County

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

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) YES 
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.

To create an off-campus MSW Program at Ft. Bragg that will help the military and surrounding community with the current need for social workers. 

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

The proposed MSW off campus program will consist of a part-time/full-time students.  Students will have classes at the Ft Bragg campus. They will also receive their advisement on the FT. Bragg campus.  Less than 5% of the classes will be online; we will offer hybrid format, ITV, and face to face classes. All advisement will be face to face.

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

The MSW  program will have the unique focus of training students in military social work.  Research suggests that active military and veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF, Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF, Iraq) could present with signs of posttraumatic stress disorder several months to a year after return from deployment (RAND, Center for Military Health Policy Research, 2008).  Further factors noted that affect service members include traumatic brain injury, depression, feelings of guilt, sexual trauma, reintegration challenges, substance use and abuse, and various physical and mental health problems (Department of Veterans Affairs, Iraqi War Clinician Guide, 2004). The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has defined the military social work field of practice as including:

 “direct practice; policy and administrative activities; and advocacy including providing prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services to service members, veterans, their families, and their communities. In addition, military social workers develop and advance programs, policies, and procedures to improve the quality of life for clients and their families in diverse communities. Military social workers provide assistance and treatment in the transition from military to veteran status, including a continuum of care and services for military personnel and their families. As the signature injuries and diagnoses (i.e., traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, depression, substance abuse, combat stress, readjustment issues, intimate partner violence, and polytrauma) evolve with current combat-related events, military social work strives to respond by developing effective interventions and policies to aid service members, veterans, their families, and their communities” (CSWE, Advanced Social Work Practice in Military Social Work, 2010, pp. 2-3).”

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:25 
Year 2:35 
Year 3:50 
Year 4:50 
Year 5:50 
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:Charles Tita 
Contact Title:Director of Distance Education