Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:04/10/2013 
Constituent Institution:UNC at Charlotte 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Educational Leadership and Administration, General 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:13.0401 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:School Administration 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MSA 
Date of Initiation:08/1/2013 
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.


Lincolnton, North Carolina (Lincoln County)

If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):3 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) 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? 08/1/2013 
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

The Master in School Administration degree program prepares graduates for leadership opportunities as knowledgeable, effective, reflective, and responsive practitioners in the field. Successful completion of the program qualifies graduates to serve as building principals in PK-12 public and private schools. The 39-credit- hour program includes a 12-month internship under the supervision of an experienced principal/mentor.

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

The Department of Educational Leadership proposes to deliver 39 credit-hours in the degree program through site-based, face-to-face instruction. The 39 hours constitute 100% of the credits required for the degree.

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


The intended audience for the program is licensed teachers with at least three years of experience who seek to become school administrators. The impetus for seeking authorization for establishment of a site at Lincoln County North Carolina was a request from Dr. Sherry Hoyle, Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools, for delivery of a Master of School Administration degree program that will provide a pool of qualified licensed school leaders for that district and region.

The Southwest Educational Alliance (SWEA), comprised of representatives from 13 local districts, agree that Lincoln County would be an ideal distance education site to prepare school administrators. In addition, the 25 faculty members of the Department of Educational Leadership meet regularly to discuss where we may best use our faculty and resources to serve the needs of the region’s school districts. Members of the Department of Educational Leadership’s MSA Advisory Committee recently met with Dr. Sherry Hoyle and Dr. Matthew Stover, Assistant Superintendent, to discuss and examine the demographics of the district and surrounding region and determined that Lincoln County’s impending administrator retirements warrant placement of a distance education MSA degree program in that county. The program will provide the opportunity for other interested educators to join the Lincoln County cohort, since many of these potential students have traditionally experienced difficulty driving to the UNC Charlotte campus because of the late school dismissal and long commutes.

No other institution (public or private) is offering a similar program in the region of the proposed site.


4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:25 
Year 2:25 
Year 3:50 
Year 4:25 
Year 5:50 
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:Dr. Dawson Hancock 
Contact Title:Department Chair and Professor, Department of Educational Leadership