Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:06/6/2013 
Constituent Institution:NC A&T University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Engineering Technology/General 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:15.0613 
Level:
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:MS in Technology Management 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MS 
Date of Initiation:01/1/2014 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?Internet 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):Not short-based; ongoing 

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) YES 
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 Applied Engineering Technology, within the School of Technology, has a Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM) degree program. 

 Technology Management is the field concerned with the supervision across a wide variety of complex technological systems. There is an increasing demand for experienced professionals who can play leadership roles involving technology innovation; development and deployment of new technologies across a broad spectrum of industries; planning, problem solving, and decision-making to improve business performance. The Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM) degree program will help graduates to sharpen their management skills and broaden their technological background for management positions. 

 Most of our students have full-time or part-time jobs; to meet their working schedules we are offering most of the classes in the evenings, but there are still students (and potential students) who work night and variable shifts. Because of this difficulty, students have to change their work schedules with approval of their employers, which can  delay their graduation. If we can offer this degree on-line, students will have more flexibility to arrange their time and not delay  their graduation.  In addition, there is a potential market to recruit international students who want to complete an advanced degree offered by a U.S. university.

 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The MSTM degree program is built upon the competencies achieved at the baccalaureate level in the engineering/ technology curricula and thus enables students to apply basic engineering principles, technical and management skills to secure application-oriented technical and management positions in today's industrial environment. This program is designed to prepare our students for various engineering support and management functions for research, production, and operations, and applications to specific engineering specialties. Specifically, the program will enhance students’ proficiencies in the following areas:

·               Planning, organizing, and managing technology development, people, and resources;

·               Applying and controlling the use of various high-level technologies, e.g., information-based business management systems, enterprise resource planning systems, supply chain management systems, manufacturing execution systems, computer aided drafting, design and manufacturing; computer-integrated manufacturing; graphic communications; wireless networking, machine vision, and photonics.

·               Controlling processes to improve quality, reliability, and productivity.

·               Human resource management and the development of a changing workplace to achieve organizational goals.

·               Problem solving and creative thinking skills.

·               Strong communication skills (both written and oral).

·               Technology innovation and implementation.

 TARGET AUDIENCE AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

This program is designed to serve the diverse needs of people who are interested in pursuing careers in engineering technology enterprises, academic society, and government agencies. Included in this group are the following:

·               People currently employed in technical positions who have aspirations to move into management positions;

·               Individuals recently completing their undergraduate study who want additional preparation prior to embarking on a career in engineering technology positions;

·               Students interested in entering an advanced graduate degree program (i.e. Ph.D. in Engineering Technology or Technology Management) and whose ultimate goal is to secure a tenure-track position at a university involving teaching and/or research.

Graduates of the program should be able to perform more creatively and competently in leadership roles involving technology innovation, development and deployment of new technologies across a broad spectrum of industries; planning, problem solving, and decision-making. Additionally, the program is designed to enhance student competencies in the areas of research and scholarly writing.

 

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

 

We will use Blackboard as the instructional delivery system. The Blackboard learning management system has been widely used at A&T for many years. Faculty members develop courses by preparing all on-line instructional materials before the class is offered. These course materials are updated each semester the course is offered.

 Some courses will also be offered using the interactive video format. Students will utilize the video conferencing classroom already found in Smith Hall 2016. Instructors can transmit lectures live to remote students and/or record lectures for future viewing by students enrolled in the course.

 

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

 

Employment in careers involved in managing technology is an opportunity to directly impact our world and make it better by developing leadership skills of key managers. Positions in upper-level management have consistently been the most wanted and high-paying career opportunities in all sectors of the economy.  The ability to manage with the aid of cutting-edge technology tools and business information systems makes the Master of Science in Technology Management graduates uniquely qualified to seek out management jobs in good and/or challenging economies.  Managing people and managing technology go hand-in-hand in business today. Successful managers must understand, not only how to get the best performance from their employees, but also how to use the latest technology tools to aid decision making and drive productivity.  It is essential that an enterprise continually develops and applies the latest relevant technology in products, services, and systems in support of the key business functions and processes of the corporation. Technology can enhance marketing, sales, customer service, manufacturing, operations, finance, accounting, distribution, information technology, business analytics and other critical functions of the enterprise.

A large percentage of the students in the program are from the local triad area. Offering this program on-line will increase the enrollment of the program as it will break the current geographical boundaries.

 Currently, no other UNC institution offers a Master of Science in Technology Management as an individual access, distance degree program. (University of North Carolina Online lists all on-line degree programs in UNC System – http://online.northcarolina.edu)

 

 
4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:15 
Year 2:20 
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.
YES 
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
 
Contact Name:Dr. Ji Y. Shen /B. McEwen, Vice Provost, mcewenb@ncat.edu 
Contact Title:Professor and Department Chair 
Contact Email:shen@ncat.edu