Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:12/19/2011 
Constituent Institution:UNC at Greensboro 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Philosophy  
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:38.0101 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy - online 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:BA 
Date of Initiation:08/1/2012 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?online 
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 proposed program's course requirements are identical to the existing, traditional B.A. in Philosophy.  The intended audience includes undergraduate students at any level seeking to initiate or complete a B.A. in Philosophy, ranging from freshmen to degree-completion students. The intended audience further includes students seeking courses in Philosophy to fulfill general education requirements at other institutions.

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


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

Over the past decade, our substantial online course offerings have had a record of consistently high enrollments including on and off-campus students.  The proposed program would be unique in North Carolina and would become just the third online Philosophy B.A. program nationally.  The program would include courses taught by nationally and internationally recognized scholars in highly marketable areas such as logic, philosophy of religion, medical ethics, business ethics, social and political philosophy, environmental ethics, and computer ethics, and would eventually include a pre-law concentration.  Additional resources will not be neeeded to start the online B.A. in Philosophy and expansion will proceed on a self-funding, enrollment-growth basis.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:25 
Year 2:50 
Year 3:100 
Year 4:150 
Year 5:200 
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:Gary Rosenkrantz 
Contact Title:Professor & Head, Department of Philosophy