Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:04/4/2013 
Constituent Institution:UNC at Greensboro 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Kinesiology 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:31.0505 
Level:
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Kinesiology 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:EdD 
Date of Initiation:08/1/2014 
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.):Cohort-based time to completion is 4 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) 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 Department of Kinesiology is proposing to transition its current EdD in Kinesiology to an online degree program that would require students to complete the same requirements of the current face-to-face program.  The EdD in Kinesiology requires 60 credit hours for completion (48 hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation), and can be completed in 4 years if students earn 3-6 credit hours per semester including summer session (18 total credits per year in Years 1 & 2, 15 credit hours in Year 3 and 9 credit hours in Year 4; Fall, Spring, Summer semesters).  The program allows for up to 12 credits of approved coursework above the masters level to be transferred by the student.  Students would make three visits to campus as part of this program to foster a sense of community with their peers and the UNCG faculty, to familiarize them with the technology, to receive instruction and advisement on their dissertation, and to complete their defense, while also fulfilling their residency requirement.  These three on-campus visits will include a 2-3 day orientation in the summer before their first year of enrollment, an intensive 7-8 day session the summer before they begin their final year (dissertation) and a 2-3 day visit for their culminating experience that includes their own dissertation defense and those of all the EdD candidates completing their degrees that year. 

The EdD is a professional doctorate in education which prepares participants for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, the development and evaluation of programs, and for the stewardship of the Kinesiology profession.  With this in mind, the EdD program in Kinesiology at UNCG is specifically designed for working professionals who have a minimum of 3 years of practical experience in their respective field and desire a doctorate that is focused on professional practice (leadership, advocacy, teaching, and service) and multidisciplinary issues in Kinesiology.  The program is intended to address current issues in the field from a more applied perspective, and allow Kinesiology professionals to advance as leaders, teachers and advocates in their respective workplace.  Another appeal of this program is that it provides working professionals access to a quality degree program that would otherwise not be an option given their distance from campus and restrictive work schedules.

 

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

Instruction will be delivered via the Internet with the exception of the three on-campus visits.  These on-campus visits will require face-to-face sessions including, but not limited to, orientation and technology training, dissertation advisement, and dissertation defense.

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

Transitioning the current EdD in Kinesiology online is very timely given the current University needs and strategic plan.  The University of North Carolina at Greensboro's (UNCG) current Strategic Plan (2009-2014) includes goals related to accessibility and increased enrollment.   Specifically item 1.7 of the UNCG Strategic Plan states that UNCG will "Provide accessible online degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and each of the professional schools as appropriate, and expand services as needed for online students to promote their success."  In addition, item 1.8 states that UNCG will "Increase graduate enrollment."  These are complemented by the School of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) and the Department of Kinesiology strategic goals to "provide state-of-the-art instruction and learning opportunities, including distance education, to graduate students to prepare citizens to meet the rigorous challenges of an increasingly diverse society and an ever-changing global community" and to "increase access to educational programs through online courses," respectively.  Transitioning the EdD in Kinesiology to a fully online degree program is fully aligned with these goals, and as will be noted in the section to follow, is expected to address a critical demand for professionals seeking access to such a program.

The proposed 2013-2018 UNC Strategic Plan, Our Time, Our Future: The UNC Compact with North Carolina (the Compact with NC), further illustrates the significance of an online doctoral degree program at UNCG.  The fifth high priority goal of The Compact with NC is to "ensure an accessible and financially stable university."  The Compact with NC provides the NC system with strategies to achieve this goal, which include an objective to "improve graduate student enrollment (item F)" and to "further embrace distance education (Item G)" by utilizing technology enhanced distance education as a means to facilitate increased access to educational opportunities."  The EdD in Kinesiology would address this high priority goal using both of these strategies.  E-learning and UNC Online are also included in the Compact of NC because of the increased (88.6%) online enrollment trends that have occurred over the five years from 2007-2011.  These data indicate that students are looking for online educational opportunities.  This increased demand coupled with the fact that only two online doctoral degrees are mentioned in the Compact with NC, speaks to the significant potential for our online EdD in Kinesiology to address critical system goals.

Since there is currently no other institution in the UNC System, or any other institution nationally, offering an EdD degree program in Kinesiology online, UNCG could capitalize on the limited competition for such a program.  A "Custom Research Brief" that was conducted by the Educational Advisory Board (2012) at the request of the Division of Continual Learning (DCL) at UNCG found that there was no other online EdD program in Kinesiology in the United States.  As such UNCG would have 100% of the market share nationally for such a program.

To further support program need and market demand, the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG conducted an informal interest survey to determine the interest and viability of an online EdD program in Kinesiology.  A Qualtrics EdD online interest survey was created and shared with a range of professionals in the Kinesiology field both at the university level and beyond (physical education teachers, athletic trainers, kinesiology faculty, etc.).  The survey was available from December 6, 2012 - January 31, 2013) and respondents were made aware of the survey through working professional contacts, including alumni, some of whom shared the survey link via social media, including Twitter and LinkedIn.  No incentives were offered for completing this online interest survey regarding the EdD in Kinesiology.  Based on a total of 219 respondents, 93% responded positively about the need for such a degree program for practicing professionals who are interested in continuing their education and advancing themselves as leaders, teachers, and advocates in the field of Kinesiology.  The majority of the respondents (69%) acknowledged that they had considered earning their doctorate and cited issues such as accessibility (related to time, location, money) as a major barrier to this pursuit.  A large number of respondents (70%) also reported that if an EdD program were available totally online, then they would likely apply for admission while maintaining their current employment.  These data suggest that transitioning the current  EdD program online would be quite attractive to a much larger network of working professionals who wish to gain an advanced degree in the field, but from a more applied perspective.  (Appendix A EdD Demand Assessment Survey).  Based on the results of this survey alone (which was relatively limited in scope and time of dissemination), there are potentially 175 interested respondents who are likely to apply to the program.

Further indication of the need and interest for such a program is the current face-to-face EdD in Kinesiology program, we continually receive inquiries despite the lack of active marketing of the program.  Given the long standing reputation of UNCG's Kinesiology doctoral Programs (currently ranked 15th overall by the American Kinesiology Association), attendees at state and national conferences regularly ask if we have an online doctoral program in Kinesiology, particularly when they know that UNCG and the UNC system are interested in growing their online enrollment and making education accessible to all.  We are confident that transitioning this degree program to an online format would meet a tremendous professional need, and would greatly grow our graduate enrollment.

 
4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:20 
Year 2:40 
Year 3:60 
Year 4:80 
Year 5:80 
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. Pam Kocher Brown 
Contact Title:Professor, Department of Kinesiology 
Contact Email:plkocher@uncg.edu