Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:03/5/2013 
Constituent Institution:UNC at Greensboro 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:30.0501 
Level:
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Conflict and Peace Studies 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:BA 
Date of Initiation:08/1/2013 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?Collaborate through Blackboard 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
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) 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 UNCG Conflict and Peace Studies Program is proposing to establish a BA in Conflict and Peace Studies, which would start Fall 2013. The UNCG Conflict and Peace Studies Program curriculum is grounded in examining issues of violence, peace, and their implications for practice. Conflict and Peace Studies reflects a positive-peace focus and is consistent with UNCGs institutional mission to prepare students for engaged citizenship, integrating intercultural and international experiences and perspectives, and to encourage innovative leadership meeting social, economic, and environmental challenges.

This is a residential program that will be offered on site at UNC Greensboro as an ongoing BA Program. Within the upper division Conflict and Peace Studies courses a limited number of online slots will be offered through individual access using Collaborate through Blackboard. Six core courses at the 300 level will be offered annually beginning year one. Six core courses at the 400 level will begin year two and be offered annually there after. The proposal to establish the BA anticipated that there will be 15 residential and 5 online full-time students year one, which will increase to 30 residential and 8 on-line by year 4.

The Conflict and Peace Studies BA Program is designed to serve a diverse cadre of students who will learn from each other within a reflective learning environment. The integration of online and residential students will diversify the classroom and contribute to the production of graduates with the skills needed to work in a shifting and increasingly diverse and global context.

The implicit and explicit learning environments are designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers. Graduates become negotiators, mediators, government officials, educators, business people, activists, and professionals in organizations focused on human rights, dispute resolution, environmental protection, international law, and human and economic development. Conflict resolution is a growing field of professional practice. For 2011, U.S. News & World Report identifies mediator as one of the top-ten growth professions.

The educational objectives below guided the development of the curriculum.

Educational Objectives:

Prepare students for entry-level jobs requiring skills and knowledge in conflict transformation and peace building.

Prepare globally competent, culturally sensitive peace and conflict practitioners who can work in a multidisciplinary environment.

Prepare beginning professionals who can apply conflict transformation and peace building skills at the local or global levels working with individuals, organizations, communities, and political systems.

Prepare conflict and peace workers who have the knowledge, skills, and commitment to work toward a just and equitable society, support social change, and protect the rights of people and the ecological environment within the context of global interconnectedness.

 

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

 

Students taking the courses online will join the residential classroom through individual access using Collaborate through Blackboard. Because we teach online, we already have classroom space and technology that support residential and online students learning together in an integrated fashion.

 

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

 

There are no BA programs in Peace and Conflict Studies offered online in the UNC System.

The undergraduate Conflict and Peace Studies Program will launch the baccalaureate degree both residentially and online simultaneously. All of the core courses will be offered in the combined (residential and online) format so that students can complete the program residentially, online, or in a mixed structure that is responsive to changes in student needs. This fits with the needs of the traditional undergraduate student population, a military community that wants a residential program that also provides a path for uninterrupted studies during periods of deployment, a large rural community, and students with disabilities prohibiting or frustrating attendance on campus.

Demand for the program exists both within the UNCG community and also across multiple state, national, and international constituencies. The local community colleges with related concentrations create a pool of students who could potentially be funneled to the BA program. Of particular interest are Rockingham, Randolph, and Alamance, which are all looking to expand related course offerings. We are also reaching out to high school students, including the Middle College at UNCG, as recruitment sites.

Demand on campus exists. Interest was shown when the CPS faculty taught a peace and conflict honors course during the 2011 - 2012 academic year and in the experimental conflict and peace studies course fall 2012. These courses provide a rich pool of undergraduate students from across campus, some of whom were undecided in their major. We attract students from both local and global constituencies. The Ashby Residential College has a focus on peace, which creates a natural collaboration. International students are also drawn to the Conflict and Peace Studies Program. Further, interest is growing in the health care arena with the rapid changes that are occurring. This also provides an opportunity for collaboration across disciplines at UNCG. We have explored the potential for shared curriculum and cross-listed courses, expanding the interest in the CPS undergraduate curriculum.

Demand also exists among active duty military and veterans. Interest in an undergraduate degree program has been expressed by the JFK Special Warfare Center located at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, NC. The JFK Center houses the United States (U.S.) Army’s special warfare school. The Center’s mission is to train and educate U.S. Army personnel for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, which includes Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Military Information Support Operations personnel. A recent expansion possibility is seen as Ft. Bragg continues to engage our faculty in the development of educational opportunities.

The ability of the program to meet the needs of military personnel is especially significant in North Carolina, which has one of the largest active duty and retired military populations in the U.S. The online component further expands and enriches the program’s reach. And, this should also be a central aspect of the program in its ability further internationalize and diversify the student population. The combined online and residential are complimentary.

 

 
4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:
Year 2:
Year 3:
Year 4:
Year 5:
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. Cathryne Schmitz 
Contact Title:Conflict and Peace Studies Program Director 
Contact Email:clschmit@uncg.edu