Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:11/5/2010 
Constituent Institution:Winston-Salem State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Sociology 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:451101 
Level:
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Bachelor of Arts 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:B.A. 
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?Internet 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):Not applicable 

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) YES 
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? 11/30/2010 
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

In offering an online Sociology degree, the intent is to target non-traditional learners whom are physically unable to attend classes due to familial, employment or physical restraints, as well as individuals displaced from work or perceive the degree as a pre-requisite to upward mobility within their profession.

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

 

The online program will be facilitated through the University’s course management compatible system, done so largely on Blackboard. Multi-media and a plethora of other auspices downloadable and printable supplements will be utilized to enhance the learning experience. In an effort to closely simulate face-to-face instruction, professors may utilize live streaming videos of lectures. Further instructors will seek to create learning communities via Discussion Board within Blackboard, as well as make themselves readily available to entertain inquiries, technological issues and/or curricular concerns via e-mail and by telephone.

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

 

Currently, Winston Salem State University is one of two UNC system universities that have dedicated themselves to the education of non-traditional students in the evenings and on the weekends. As of fall 2010, 50% of those that have declared their majors as Sociology are categorized as Evening/Weekend students. As such, the great majority of these students have engaged in on-line learning in order to expedite the completion of their baccalaureate experience. According to the General Administration of the sixteen (16) baccalaureate degree awarding campuses in the UNC system, as of Fall 2009, Winston Salem State University ranks 6th in both enrollment and degrees awarded in the discipline of Sociology. The request for an increasing number of courses in Sociology online will provide distance learners, evening weekend students and traditional students opportunities to acquire a Baccalaureate degree. In fall 2010, 8 sociology courses had an enrollment of 217 seats.

 

According to the Seventh Annual Report on University of North Carolina Enrollment Planning, submitted by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors (2005), the UNC system now serves well over 21,000 distance learners, having its incipience with a mere 3,000 in 1998. Further, since the generation of that report, in June of 2010 the Report on Expanding Access to Higher Education Through State-Funded Distance Education Programs, reports 56,046 distance learners at the end of fiscal year in 2009. Hence, meeting the needs of the continuing student finds the development of a degree program in whole, the natural progression in keeping up with the demand of the public. The University as a whole boasts of over 800 distance learners.

Fayetteville State University currently offers a similar degree program on-line, differing in by way of restricting their offerings to upper level course offerings. UNC Pembroke has submitted application to facilitate a program that mirrors Winston Salem State University’s proposed degree program, in that a student will be able to complete the entirety of the degree as a distance learner, having been permitted to satisfy their general education requirements on-line as well.

 
4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:20 
Year 2:25 
Year 3:35 
Year 4:45 
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.
YES 
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
 
Contact Name:Tiffany Baffour 
Contact Title:Department Chair, Behaviroal Science & Social Work 
Contact Email:baffourt@wssu.edu