The UNC Policy Manual

Appendix F: Notification of Intent to Plan a New Distance Education Degree Program


The UNC Policy Manual


Adopted 05/06/09


Appendix F

The University of North Carolina

Notification of Intent to Plan a New Distance Education Degree Program

THE PURPOSE OF ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING: Planning a distance education degree program provides an opportunity for an institution to make the case for need and demand and for its ability to offer a quality program. This notification and planning activity to follow do not guarantee that authorization to establish will be granted.


Constituent Institution:


CIP Discipline Specialty Title:


CIP Discipline Specialty Number:                                             Level: B                 M           I               D           

Exact Title of the Proposed Program:


Degree Abbreviation:_________ Proposed Date of Initiation: month                       year                      

Will this program be completely individual access (e.g., online, videocassette, etc.)? Y      N           

If "yes," primary mode of delivery:


If "no," list proposed sites (use additional lines as needed):










If cohort-based, length of time to complete the sequence (e.g., 18 mos., 2 years):


Substantive change must be reported to the Commission on Colleges of SACS using either the Procedure 1 (report and approval) or Procedure 2 (report) protocol. Which one will apply may depend on the current programs already approved by the Commission on Colleges for the campus.

Site-based (where instructor is present):

Is the institution initiating instruction where student may earn more than 25% and less 50% of credits toward a degree at an off-campus site ?  (Procedure 2) Yes                         No                        

Is the institution initiating an (additional) off-campus site at which students may earn 50% or more of an educational program? (Procedure 1)  Yes         No                        

Is the institution adding significantly different degree programs at a currently approved site?

 (Procedure 2)  Yes                            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? (Procedure 2) Yes      No                        

Is the institution expanding a previously reported program from less than 50% of credits to 50% or more of a degree program? (Procedure 2)  Yes                         No                        

Is the institution adding a significantly different program from previously reported programs offered via technology-based instruction? (Procedure 2)  Yes   No                        

If this action constitutes a substantive change, by what date should SACS be notified?                    

                1.             Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

                2.            Describe the proposed instructional delivery systems (e.g., on-site instruction, interactive  video, Internet, etc., including combinations of these).

                3.            Describe need for the program (referencing results of surveys or special studies). If site- based, is any other institution (public or private) offering a similar program in the location(s)? If        online, are any other UNC institutions offering a similar online program?

                4.            Briefly describe the arrangements for facilities for off-campus programs.

                5.            Projected total annual enrollment:  Years  1           2              3              4              5            

Name, title, telephone, and e-mail of contact person to respond to questions:


This intent to plan a new distance education degree program (or program site) has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate campus committees and authorities.

Chief Academic Officer: