Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:02/8/2012 
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:04/2/2012 
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.

Lumberton, NC, campus of Robeson Community College

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) 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?  
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 for residents of Robeson and immediate surrounding counties holding or preparing to graduate with such a degree.  Only certain BIS Majors and specified Tracks are to be offered on the Lumberton, NC, campus of Robeson Community college, as follows:

BIS MAJOR           TRACK___________________

Applied Professional Studies Allied Health Leadership

Financial Administration

Office Administration

Criminal Justice Applied Information Technology


Public and Non-Profit Admin. Allied Health Administration

Financial Administration

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

The BIS degree will be offered primarily as a face-to-face, on-site program at Robeson Community College. This is the same delivery format that is used when offering this degree program at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  Further, this primary face-to-face instructional delivery modality is similar to that at other existing UNC Pembroke’s distance education sites (Sandhills Community College and Richmond Community College).  Although the Robeson Community College programs will be offered face-to-face, the students will have access to university learning resources, computer labs and other information technology services at the site and through The University main campus at Pembroke, as in the case of other programs currently being offered at the other two sites. Online and hybrid methodologies are also available for our students at community-college settings.  Therefore, some courses may be offered 100% online and/or via a hybrid mode of delivery format.

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

Several meetings with Robeson Community College faculty and administrators supported the need for the program.  This program will provide graduates with the Applied Associate Degree a path to the baccalaureate degree.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:20 
Year 2:40 
Year 3:50 
Year 4:50 
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.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Contact Name:Charles Tita 
Contact Title:Director of Distance Education