Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:07/7/2014 
Constituent Institution:Appalachian State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Library Science 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:25.0101 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Master of Library Science 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MLS 
Date of Initiation:05/26/2015 
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.

UNC Charlotte Main Campus

9201 University City Blvd

Charlotte, NC


UNC Charlotte Center City Building

320 E. 9th Street

Charlotte, NC

If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):2 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? 09/1/2014 
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies intends to offer a program leading to the Master of Library Science degree in Mecklenburg County.  The courses will be delivered on the campus of UNC Charlotte beginning May 2015.  Typically, six hours will be offered per term, with a total of 36 semester hours provided.  This constitutes 100% of the Master of Library Science program.


The program is designed to be offered to a cohort group with a minimum enrollment of 15 students.  The proposed audience is individuals from NC, particularly the Mecklenburg County area, who currently possess a Bachelor’s degree and intend to continue their professional development to assume Media Coordinator positions in the public school system or leadership positions in public libraries. This program is intended to be an ongoing offering.

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

This distance education program will be delivered via face-to-face and online instruction. Some courses may be completely face-to-face, others may be hybrid, and a few may be held completely online. Face-to-face courses will be taught at the site in the evenings or on weekends.

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

Preliminary results from an ongoing survey reflect a strong level of interest in this program on the part of UNC Charlotte undergraduate students as well as public school teachers in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.No other institution is offering a similar program in this location.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:15 
Year 2:15 
Year 3:15 
Year 4:15 
Year 5:15 
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:Mary F. Englebert 
Contact Title:Director of Distance Education