Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:04/16/2013 
Constituent Institution:UNC at Charlotte 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Educational Leadership and Administration, General 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:13.0401 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:School Administration 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MSA 
Date of Initiation:07/1/2013 
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.

Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):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) YES 
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? 07/1/2013 
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

Through monies made available through the Wallace Foundation, UNC Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) have joined together in a collaborative with the support of the prestigious New York City Leadership Academy to recruit, train, and support the strongest prospective high school principals to serve the families and children in high schools in the CMS school system. Candidates should be outstanding educators who demonstrate commitment to closing the achievement gap, professional resilience, strong communication skills, willingness to be self-reflective, commitment to continuous learning improvement, and professional integrity. This is a joint responsibility of CMS and UNC Charlotte. It is the expectation that at the end of this innovative program, participants will be “principal ready.” The program will include an intensity and rigor unlike any other endeavor. Formative evaluation, guidance, coaching, as well as reflective practice will occur throughout the program. This standards-based program is a relevant and rigorous high school leadership development experience that offers: innovative program design, individualized support, dynamic learning community, and profound learning opportunities.

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


The Department of Educational Leadership in collaboration with CMS proposes face-to-face delivery of the 39-hour Master of School Administration (MSA) program in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  This unique program to prepare high school principals for the challenges of urban leadership is not currently offered in this service area of the University or in the state of North Carolina.  Access to the program will significantly increase the opportunity for currently licensed teachers to complete preparation for future high school leadership positions in Mecklenburg County. If authorized, program delivery will begin in the summer 2013, with an anticipated enrollment of 15 students in the first cohort.

Program applicants will be admitted to the UNC Charlotte Graduate School according to its requirements and additional departmental requirements such as a grade “A” teaching license and recommendations from school leaders who can attest to an applicant’s potential for school leadership. The interest in this particular field is especially high due to the number of possible principal retirements in the district and due to the shortage of highly trained urban high school principals.

The Master in School Administration degree program prepares graduates for leadership opportunities as knowledgeable, effective, reflective, and responsive practitioners in the field. The 39-credit- hour program includes a year-long internship under the supervision of an experienced principal mentor to ensure a quality succession pipeline for high school principal positions in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.


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


The intended audience for the proposed program is licensed teachers with at least three years of experience who seek to become high school administrators. The impetus for seeking authorization for establishment of this unique program was the result of conversations between UNC Charlotte and CMS, for delivery of a Master of School Administration degree program that will provide a pool of qualified licensed high school leaders for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district.

High poverty populations, the large influx of English Language Learners, and growing numbers of children with exceptionalities at the high school level, in addition to a new State accountability model, greatly increase the demands of a high school principal. High School principals must manage a huge, complex school and be instructional leaders who ensure the implementation of a new common core and essential standards curriculum and who recruit and retain quality teachers who foster high student achievement. In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the creation of the learning zones pulled many of the more successful principals into newly-created leadership roles that left an even greater need for highly-trained leaders. Each candidate for this program will be nominated by current school leaders in CMS as having strong leadership potential.

Faculty members of the Department of Educational Leadership meet regularly to discuss where we may best use our faculty and resources to serve the needs of the region’s school districts. Members of the Department of Educational Leadership’s MSA Advisory Committee met with the Executive Director of Talent Management for CMS to discuss and examine the demographics of the district and determined that Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s impending administrator turnover rates and increasing high school challenges warrant placement of a distance education MSA degree program in that county.   In 2009-10, CMS had 37 principals to leave due to separation, retirement, job changes, and/or school changes. In 2010-11, the number increased to 41, and in 2011-12, that number increased substantially to 57.


4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:15 
Year 2:15 
Year 3:15 
Year 4:15 
Year 5:15 
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. Dawson Hancock 
Contact Title:Department Chair and Professor, Department of Educational Leadership