Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:02/7/2012 
Constituent Institution:UNC at Pembroke 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies  
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:30.9999 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies  
Exact Degree Abbreviation:BIS 
Date of Initiation:05/2/2012 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?ONLINE, INTERNET DELIVERY 
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 BIS degree program is designed exclusively for students holding an Applied Associate Degree from an accredited 2 year institution of higher education.  The proposed offering is intended primarily for residents of North Carolina holding or preparing to graduate with such a degree.  Only certain BIS Majors and specified Tracks are to be offered online, as follows:

MAJOR                                                          TRACK

Applied Professional Studies                         Advertising

                                                                        Economic Development

                                                                        Office Administration

                                                                       Financial Administration


Applied Information Technology                 Operations Management


Criminal Justice                                            Applied Information Technology



Public and Non-Profit Administration         General (no Track Specified)

                                                                        Financial Administration

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

These specific Tracks of these four BIS degree majors will be offered in a manner in which they may be completed entirely online through the internet. They are also currently offered at the The University main campus at Pembroke.  Three of the Tracks (Applied Professional Studies: Office Administration; Criminal Justice:Sociology; and Public and Non-Profit Administration) are also currently available for our students at three of our distance education locations at community-college settings in face-to-face and interactive video formats (Cape Fear Community College, Sandhills Community College, and Richmond Community College).  Therefore, some students may complete their BIS Majors along these Tracks through a combination of delivery methods.

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

 We are not aware of another UNC campus that has implemented an online version of the Bachelor of Insterdisciplinary Studies degree program.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:40 
Year 2:80 
Year 3:100 
Year 4:100 
Year 5:100 
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:Charles Tita 
Contact Title:Director of Distance Education