1 AAC: 5/11 Cabinet: 6/11 SBHE: 6/11 Bismarck State College SBHE Policy 403.1, Program Approval SBHE Policy 404.1, Distance Learning Activities Bismarck State College requests approval to offer a new program Water and Wastewater Technology AAS and Program Certificate and to offer them through distance education on an ongoing basis. This request is in accordance with SBHE Policy 403.1, Program Approval and SBHE Policy 404.1, Distance Learning Activities. NEED: The Water and Wastewater Technology program is proposed to meet the need for well trained and educated water and wastewater technicians, and to meet the requests of students and employers for a job-ready occupational program. COST: Additional funding will not be required. Instructional positions and operations will be internally allocated by the institution. No program fee will be charged. ACCREDITATION: No specific accreditation will be sought for this program at this time. Operators are required to be licensed by the state in which they are employed. RELATIONSHIP TO INSTITUTION: The program is aligned with the mission of BSC and reflects its commitment to support economic growth and to develop marketable skills for students. This program will be a part of the National Energy Center of Excellence. PROGRAM DELIVERY: To maximize flexibility and accessibility, the program will be delivered initially online and someday potentially on campus. BSC has established a good reputation for online delivery of courses and programs. The college invests time and resources in training faculty to teach online, has an effective delivery platform through ecollege, and has appropriate and extensive support services for online students, including the availability of an around-the-clock help desk. VIABILITY: Offered online, the program has the potential to attract a significant number of students. Few online programs are offered in water and wastewater treatment. Initially, enrollment is anticipated to be students with approximately 10 graduates per year. DUPLICATION: No other Water and Wastewater Technology program is provided by NDUS institutions. A water treatment program was offered by Dakota College at Bottineau for a few years but it was terminated. Similar programs exist regionally at Montana State University- Havre, Havre, MT, Vermilion Community College, Ely, MN, and St. Cloud Technical College, St. Cloud, MN. These programs are not expected to adversely affect the BSC program.
2 RELATIONSHIP TO THE ROUNDTABLE: Economic Development Connections: Access to water is critical for economic development of the region and state. New businesses and residents cannot be attracted or supported unless an adequate supply of water is available for personal and industrial use. The Water and Wastewater Technology program is critical in supplying and treating the water needed to sustain or grow North Dakota. Education Excellence: Bismarck State College is committed to maintaining a proactive learning environment. By encouraging flexibility, innovation, and student success, BSC makes it possible for people to identify and achieve their goals. Monitoring academic effectiveness and alumni success will insure that the program will remain relevant. Working closely with the program s advisory committee will keep the curriculum cutting edge. Students in the program will complete a coordinated set of courses emphasizing the skills and knowledge needed to be competent and successful as water and wastewater technicians. The program will focus on providing subject matter knowledge and developing professional skills. In addition, students will gain practical field experience through an internship. Flexible and Responsive System: The Water and Wastewater Program demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness to student and market needs. There is a need for workers in this field, both in suburban and rural areas. Accessible System: The Water and Wastewater Program will be offered online to allow maximum accessibility to students across the state and region. As the first two-year college in the state to offer online degrees, BSC is well experienced in providing any time any place education for a diverse population. The Water and Wastewater Program will be available to students within and outside the state through online delivery. Placebound and non-traditional learners will have greater opportunities for achieving their educational goals. Funding and Rewards: The development of this program will not require BSC to request additional funding from the North Dakota University System. The program will attract a student population with interest in a field of significant importance. Meeting the employment needs of the state s citizens and of the state s industries will increase economic vitality and will strengthen BSC and the North Dakota University System in its efforts to offer necessary programs. Sustaining the Vision: With the development of this program, Bismarck State College will continue to meet its goal of learning innovation and will support the vision of the North Dakota University System. Through the addition of this program, BSC demonstrates its concern for the community and state. RECOMMENDATION: Approve Bismarck State College to offer an A.A.S. and PC in Water and Wastewater Technology.
3 AAC: 4/11 Cabinet: 6/11 Minot State University SBHE Policy 404.1, Distance Learning Credit Activities Minot State University and North Dakota State University request approval to offer a dual degree. Minot State University will offer a Bachelor of Social Work degree on the North Dakota State University campus as part of this dual degree program. This new program will combine with the existing Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science at NDSU to create a single curriculum that will lead to two degrees. Upon graduation students will earn a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Minot State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science from North Dakota State University. Minot State University will offer our social work degree through its distance education off-campus delivery method. North Dakota State University will continue to offer its program through already established teaching methods which include traditional classrooms and online. This request is in accordance with SBHE Policy 404.1, Distance Education Activities. NEED: The Chair of the Human Development and Family Science department contacted the MiSU Social Work Program Director to inquire about interest in developing a dual degree program to be located on the NDSU campus. The next step was a survey that was conducted with current Human Development students at NDSU to inquire about their interest in obtaining a dual degree in Social Work and Human Development and Family Science. Fifty-seven students completed the survey (n=57). The survey yielded a potential initial cohort of 34 students who are very interested in obtaining a social work degree, and 15 additional students who may be interested (See Appendix A). Additionally, on a regular basis student pursuing a Human Development and Family Science degree have requested that a Social Work degree be offered on the NDSU campus. COST: New funds are not being requested to develop this program. Rather it will be self-supporting. Students enrolled in this program will have access to both the MiSU and NDSU libraries. This program will utilize many existing resources. The MiSU library resources will be available to students through the library s distance education program. Students attending MiSU social work courses will attend classes during the early evening, generally from 4:00 6:50 p.m., in traditional classroom setting on the NDSU campus. The planned course offering time will maximize the use of classrooms. A new MiSU permanent social work faculty position will be established and will have an office located in the NDSU Human Development and Family Science Department with secretarial support provided by the Human Development and Family Science Department. For additional details are addressed in Costs and Resources, p.7. The
4 Social Work portion of the program will also include new adjunct Social Work faculty, as needed. ACCREDITATION: The Social Work Program has been continually accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1978 and is now fully accredited through June The Social Work Program has been approved by CSWE to offer distance education since Currently we are accredited to offer a Social Work Program on the Minot State University campus, and through collaborative programs at the following distance sites: Bismarck, Dickinson, and Williston. Upon approval of this proposal, a request for approval will be made to the Council on Social Work Education to offer the Social Work Program on the NDSU campus as a distance education program. RELATIONSHIP TO THE INSTITUTION: The faculty of NDSU department of Human Development and Family Science provided the inspiration for this dual degree program. The Chair of the Human Development and Family Science Department at NDSU, Dr. James Deal, contacted the MiSU Social Work Program Director, Dr. Charlene Bruley, to inquire about interest in developing a dual degree program. The Human Development and Family Science Department currently collaborates with Valley City State University to offer a dual degree in Human Development and Family Science and Elementary Education. This dual degree program will offer students increased flexibility in their educational pursuits by preparing them to work in the field of social work and with children and families. This new program supports the mission of MiSU and NDSU because the program will address the educational needs of students by offering an integrated knowledge of children, adolescents, adults, and families across the life span that will equip students for careers in the helping professions. Students will possess a broader range of knowledge and skills that will equip them to address the needs and aspirations of people living in a changing world. Students will have two perspectives in working with children and families: the Social Work perspective and the Human Development and Family Science perspective. Students with dual degrees will be eligible to be licensed as social workers in the state of North Dakota, which provides NDSU Human Development and Family Science majors a broader range of employment possibilities. The program will offer students greater flexibility by offering courses through several modalities including: traditional, IVN, off campus, and online. PROGRAM DELIVERY: The NDSU Human Development and Family Science program will be offered through traditional classrooms and online classes. The MiSU Social Work program will be offered through off-campus classrooms located on the NDSU campus, online courses, or IVN classrooms. VIABILITY: The Social Work Program expects to enroll students initially, and upon completion of the coursework, to graduate students from the initial enrollment. The number of students expected to be served the first year is approximately 15 the
5 first semester; when the program is fully developed, the program is expected to serve students per year. See schedule C DUPLICATION: Currently, Minot State University, the University of North Dakota, and the University of Mary are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to offer a Bachelor of Social Work degree. The closest CSWE accredited Social Work program for Fargo area residents is Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Many students prefer to enroll in a college in their home state, rather than to pay tuition in another state. The closest CSWE accredited social work program in North Dakota is the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, which is more than 80 miles away. This commute is often not possible for students who cannot leave the area to attend school, due to family responsibilities, or spouses employment. There is no other dual degree in Social Work and Human Development and Family Science currently offered in North Dakota. RELATIONSHIP TO THE ROUNDTABLE: Offering a dual degree human development and family science and social work at NDSU fits well with the first four Roundtable Cornerstones. 1. Economic Development The delivery of this dual degree program to the Fargo area will enhance the economic well-being of North Dakota s citizens by preparing students to gain employment. It provides individuals with a broader range of education and skills which will increase their flexibility within the job market and helps to keep tuition dollars in North Dakota, rather than some students attending nearby Minnesota State University, Moorhead to obtain a Social Work degree. 2. Educational Excellence Offering both a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science in the Fargo community will provide students with an opportunity to personally and professionally advance, add a career option, and become more productive citizens, because of the excellence of their knowledge base and skills obtained through their education in this dual degree program. 3. Flexible and Responsive System Minot State University and North Dakota State University, through their collaboration will be responding to a need expressed by the Fargo area students for a dual degree program. This collaborative undertaking is evidence that the University System is flexible and responsive in meeting the needs of its citizens. While much of the nation is struggling with high unemployment rates, North Dakota is not. This increase in jobs and populations in North Dakota will bring people from other areas to our communities, which will increase the need for human service professionals serving the residents of our state.
6 4. Accessible System Offering the Bachelor of Social Work degree on the NDSU campus will provide the citizens of the Fargo community access to a Social Work degree right in their community, eliminating travel or enrolling in programs in nearby Minnesota. Thus they will have access to an affordable training opportunity where they live. 5. Funding and Rewards This dual degree program will be a collaborative program between Minot State University and North Dakota State University and will not require new funding to develop this program. Additionally, this program will collaborate with local community agencies to offer students hands on field education opportunities to enhance their learning and to comply with the Council on Social Work Education s requirement of 450 hours of field education. The delivery of this new dual degree program to the Fargo area will enhance the economic well-being of North Dakota s citizens by preparing students to gainful employment. It provides individuals the ability to enhance their education and thus their flexibility within the job market. Students will have an opportunity to personally and professionally advance, add a career option, and become more productive citizens, because of the excellence of their knowledge base and skills obtained through their education in the social work and human development program. 6. Sustaining the Vision This program offers students a structured curriculum that is evaluated on an ongoing basis by a community advisory committee and by the Council on Social Work Education to ensure that the program offers the most relevant knowledge and skills application to this profession. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010) projects continued growth in the need for qualified professional to serve children and families through This program will prepare students for careers in helping children and families. RECOMMENDATION: Approve Minot State University to offer a Bachelor of Social Work degree on the North Dakota State University campus as part of a dual degree program via distance delivery on an ongoing basis.
7 AAC: 5/2011 Cabinet: 6/2011 SBHE: 6/2011 North Dakota State University SBHE Policy 403.1, Program Approval North Dakota State University requests approval to offer a Master s degree in Materials and Nanotechnology. This request is in accordance with SBHE policy 403.1, Program Approval. NEED: At present, there are several students enrolled in graduate work at NDSU who are pursuing this option. Since it is most common for students to pursue graduate work in nanotechnology as a way to improve their hiring potential in industry - and the vast majority of entry level industrial positions are not seeking recent Ph.D. graduates - the Master s option will attract students whose primary goal is a rapid track to a career in high technology research and development, providing them with a shorter and possibly more viable option for obtaining a graduate degree in materials engineering. This is based on a student survey. COST: There is no cost to implement this degree option. New funds are not being requested at this time. ACCREDITATION: At this time NDSU not intend to seek a professional accreditation for this degree. RELATIONSHIP TO THE INSTITUTION: The first of its kind in the North Dakota University System (NDUS), the MNT graduate program is an essential response to the research needs of North Dakota, the upper Midwest region, and the country. The MNT Master s program is fully complementary and compatible with the existing Ph.D. program. NDSU is the appropriate campus to house such a program for the following reasons: (1) The many graduate-level courses in materials and nanotechnology fields currently offered on campus. (2) NDSU has a history of research in the fields of materials science, engineering, and nanotechnology within the Colleges of Engineering and Architecture, Science and Mathematics, and Pharmacy. (3) The existence of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering on the NDSU campus. CNSE involves 65 faculty associates, graduate students, and undergraduate students who conduct applied research on the practical materials, processes, and devices that are the basis of 21stcentury technology. (4) Excellence in the fields of materials and nanotechnology demonstrated through research publications and many federal grants. With the addition of this program, the NDUS system will be further viewed as an important center of research, education, and productivity. PROGRAM DELIVERY: The program will be delivered traditionally. As interest grows and/or expands, the possibility of distance education delivery will be explored. This would apply equally to the MNT Ph.D. program and could potentially be spurred by NDSU/UND collaborative interest. The program director will routinely obtain input from the assessment and evaluation
8 committee, the university committee, and the program committee. The role of the assessment and evaluation committee is described in the previous section. The program committee will be composed of faculty representatives, and the program director will report to the Dean of the Graduate School. VIABILITY: At present we estimate students per year will enroll in this program. This number will continue to grow as external and possibly state support increases. NDUS anticipates 5 6 completers per year. DUPLICATION: This program is unique and one-of-a-kind within the NDUS system. RELATIONSHIP TO THE ROUNDTABLE: Economic Development Connections - The proposed Master s program in Materials and Nanotechnology will produce highly trained graduates in a field well known to stimulate and enhance economic growth both nationally and internationally. Nanotechnology and materials-related fields have already positively affected the economic growth of the region as indicated by the impact of the Research and Technology Park and all its partners on the NDSU campus. Many activities in the Research Park are related to materials research. These programs have led to lucrative partnerships with industry leaders, and the establishment of a Master s program in Materials and Nanotechnology will further support these activities by providing a pool of highly trained graduates. Excellence in Education - The proposed Master s program will provide a real-life training ground for high-quality graduate students that cross disciplines to solve research problems with a large societal impact. There is a growing acknowledgement in higher education and from federal agencies of the need to train students in interdisciplinary research; currently, only 2 undergraduate and 3 graduate degrees are offered nationally in the field of nanotechnology. The field of materials and nanotechnology is quickly becoming an important component of graduate education at nearly every university in the country that is of significant repute in research. With the research emphasis at NDSU on materials and nanotechnology-related fields, this new Master s program would greatly benefit the recognition of NDSU as a university of excellence. Flexible and Responsive System - The proposed Master s program in Materials and Nanotechnology will prepare students for employment in North Dakota s nanomaterials, nanobio/agricultural, and nanoelectronics careers. Accessible System - The Materials and Nanotechnology Master s program will be accessible and attract students from North Dakota and the surrounding regions. The program will conduct regular, advertised seminars and colloquia and will work closely with the existing Materials Research Society (MRS) student chapter in coordinating outreach activities. The MRS student chapter has secured funding from the MRS headquarters to conduct outreach activities for promoting materials science and engineering and some areas of nanotechnology in local high schools. It is expected that, with the establishment of the proposed Master s program and therefore the increasing pool of interdisciplinary student researchers, the activities of this chapter will bring national and international recognition to NDSU and the region. RECOMMENDATION: Approve North Dakota State University to offer a Master s degree in Materials and Nanotechnology.
9 AAC: 5/11 Cabinet: 6/11 SBHE: 6/11 University of North Dakota SBHE Policy , Program Termination University of North Dakota seeks approval to terminate the following programs in accordance with SBHE Policy , Program Termination. 1. Master of Science and Master of Education with a Major in Special Education/Cognitive/Developmental Disabilities 2. Master of Science and Master of Education with a Major in Special Education/Early Childhood 3. Master of Science and Master of Education with a Major in Special Education/Emotional Disturbance 4. Master of Science and Master of Education with a Major in Special Education/Learning Disabilities 5. Master of Science and Master of Education with a Major in Special Education Strategist 6. Master of Science and Master of Education with a Major in Special Education/Visual Impairment Rationale: Currently, students applying to the Master s program in Special Education have 14 options (M.S. or M.Ed. in Special Ed, M.S. or M.Ed. Special Ed/Cognitive/Developmental Disabilities, M.S. or M.Ed. Special Ed/Early Childhood, M.S. or M.Ed. Special Ed/Emotional Disturbance, M.S. or M.Ed. Special Ed/Learning Disabilities, M.S. or M.Ed. Special Ed Strategist, M.S. or M.Ed. Special Ed/Visual Impairment), and students are required to choose one of these programs upon admission to the Graduate School. Students having to choose a Master s program in Special Education upon admission to Graduate School are often times confused, and many times change their degree/major due to circumstances out of their control. The College of Education and Human Development and the Graduate School request termination of the above programs because it would be less confusing for students and to the benefit of all involved if there were only two degrees to choose from: the Master of Science with a Major in Special Education or the Master of Education with a Major in Special Education; with eight areas of specializations within each degree/program. Recommendation: Approve UND s request to terminate the above programs.
10 AAC: 5/11 Cabinet: 6/11 SBHE 6/11 University of North Dakota SBHE Policy 403.1, Program Approval The University of North Dakota requests approval to offer a Minor in Astrophysics. This request is in accordance with SBHE policy 403.1, Program Approval. Need: Over the past decade a key item in the Strategic Plan of the Department of Physics and Astrophysics has been to create an Minor in Astrophysics corresponding to a new, second area of specialization within the department. Currently there is a Minor in Physics. As stated in the Department of Physics and Astrophysics Strategic Plan, astrophysics is an area in which the Department is expanding. The Department has recently changed its name and has hired two astrophysicists. The decision to do this is based on survey of student career goals and national trends determined by the APS. In addition, the department has received s and verbal statements-ofinterest from non-physics majors about a Minor in Astrophysics. Cost and Funding Resources: There are no additional costs or funding resources needed as the courses required for the Minor in Astrophysics are already taught in the Department of Physics and Astrophysics. The two alternate courses (Math 165 and SPST 425) are also currently being offered. Neither the Department of Mathematics nor the Department of Space Studies has objections to the additional students in these courses that may result from the new minor Accreditation Information: The University of North Dakota is an accredited institution. Beyond the University level accreditation, the American Physics Society does not maintain guidelines for accreditation. Relationship to the Institution: The Minor in Astrophysics would complement any major or minor in the Departments of Engineering, Mathematics, Space Studies, or Computer Science. There have already been several students from the abovementioned departments who have taken the required upper level astronomy courses (PHYS 460/461); and interest has been shown from students in lower level physics courses, STEM courses, and the Astronomy Club. Program Delivery: The Minor in Astrophysics will be delivered through traditional education; however, some classes at the lower level (PHYS 110, 251, 252, 253) are being offered online. Although two of those courses PHYS 251/252 are part of the Distance Engineering program, on-campus labs are required. Enrollment through the traditional program delivery is expected to be approximately about 15 students every 2 years. Program Viability: Enrollment in the program in expected to be approximately 15 students every two years. These numbers are based on the capacity of the upper level physics and astrophysics classes, e.g. Physics 460 and 461 that are taught every other year, hence the 15 every two years. It is expected that 100% of those enrolled will complete the minor. Duplication: Currently there are no programs in the State similar to the proposed Minor in Astrophysics.
11 Relationship to the Roundtable: Economic Development Connection: Careers in astrophysics include working at major astronomical observatories, NASA, higher education, national media, planetaria, and aerospace industries. Starting salaries for all careers mentioned start at $30,200 with average salaries in the $60,000 range, reaching a maximum of over $92,000. Having this option in our curriculum may influence potential students to attend UND. The minor could attract students from both inside and outside of North Dakota, as well as current UND students interested in astronomy, physics, and astrophysics. Education Excellence: This program is built on preexisting courses that have stood the test of time and have resulted in high quality education in the Department of Physics and Astrophysics. Much of physics and astrophysics is oriented towards problem solving, thus providing students these abilities to use throughout their careers. In addition, the program will further the knowledge of students going into the workforce as they will gain new information that can guide them in business and industry. Flexible and Responsive System: Astrophysics is an emerging science that can probe many aspects of the fundamental properties of nature at very early epochs, new solar systems, and possible organic materials. This has a potential to expand into other disciplines and most likely need participation of many disciplines to understand fully this developing area. Students with a background in such areas, as well as the enhanced problem solving abilities gained through the minor, will make them more valuable to employers because of the abilities instilled as a result of their education. Accessible System: The majority of the courses in the proposed program will be offered on-campus for place-based learners. However, there are a number of lower level classes offered online. These are service classes that support the Distance Engineering program. In this case, almost half the credits required for the minor could be obtained online or through the distance education program. Funding and Rewards: The Department of Physics and Astrophysics has acquired a large telescope that will be a huge attribute for the University of North Dakota. This is a research grade telescope; however, it can also be used for amazing high quality imaging. Grants will be submitted to hire people to operate the telescope, thus adding to the ND workforce. In addition, students involved in the proposed Minor in Astrophysics will have an option of using the telescope as part of their classes; a possible draw for those students who wish to take advantage of such unique opportunities as they move through their academic careers. Sustaining the Vision: Astrophysics is a growing field in which UND can provide training and involve students, making the program meaningful into the foreseeable future. RECOMMENDATION: Approve University of North Dakota to offer a minor in Astrophysics.
12 AAC: 5/11 Cabinet: 6/11 SBHE 6/11 University of North Dakota SBHE Policy 403.1, Program Approval SBHE Policy 404.1, Distance Learning Activities The University of North Dakota requests ongoing approval to offer a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching via on-campus and distance/online delivery. This request is in accordance with SBHE policies and 404.1, Program Approval and Distance Learning Credit Activities. Need: This new program request proposes the establishment of a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching. The purpose of the 12-credit certificate is to offer a graduate level program which teaches effective college instruction in terms of both principles and techniques. Several data points demonstrate the need for this program. To begin, numerous data sources report the future labor demand for more college professors. Most notably, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2009) projects a 15% increase in the numbers of American college faculty (from nearly 1.7 million to a projected nearly 2 million) between 2008 and This increase outpaces most other occupations in the nation. At the same time, several reports and studies indicate clear employer preferences when hiring college faculty. Consistent with the recommendations from several research studies on graduate education, this program offers an organized, formal educational supplement on effective teaching concepts and skills. Cost and Funding Resources: To launch this program, the Department of Teaching & Learning will rely on existing resources. The Department currently offers graduate courses on college teaching; thus, the initial cost is nothing. Accreditation Information: There are no accrediting agencies that specifically review Certificates in College Teaching; however, the program will adhere to generally accepted standards of the recognized professional organization for college instructional excellence programs. Relationship to the Institution: Faculty in the proposed program will work closely with other University units that engage in activities that advance the goals of teaching excellence. These interactions will undoubtedly complement each office s functions. Further, units will work closely to augment the learning of UND graduate students who intend to seek a college faculty position, as well as to assist the proposed program s development in terms of promotion, enrollment, and student satisfaction. Program Delivery: The certificate program will begin in a traditional, face-to-face classroom setting; however, by year two, the entire program will also be available online, via Adobe Connect s internet delivery. Program Viability: Because this proposed certificate program relies on existing resources to serve its students, we estimate maximum capacity for the program at 20 students per year. We anticipate the program growth to reach capacity in approximately 3 years. We expect that 110% of those who enroll will complete the certificate program. Duplication: The proposed certificate will fill an educational gap in the region. Only a handful of schools in the region (e.g., North Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, and University of Manitoba)
13 offer a Certificate in College Teaching. These programs tend to serve the graduate students at their respective campuses and limit curricular content to traditional classroom experiences. More importantly, while this program follows many similar characteristics to the approximately 100 college teaching certificate programs nationally, this program also offers several distinct features that make it both educationally practical and forward-thinking. Relationship to the Roundtable: Economic Development Connection: The proposed Certificate in College Teaching contributes to the regional economic development connections in at least four ways. First, the proposed certificate offers educational opportunities needed to fill the future labor market gap in the nation. Education Excellence: This certificate program offers a high quality education and skill development opportunity in effective college teaching as an instructor, advisor, internship supervisor, program trainer, curriculum coordinator, and learning designer. While this program has many similar characteristics to the approximately 100 college teaching certificate programs nationally, this program also offers several distinct features that make it both educationally practical and forward-thinking. Flexible and Responsive System: As addressed above, the cornerstone of this program is to adapt to the changing environment of higher education. More evidently, the program s electives intend to capture its flexible and responsive system through courses that address the evolving special contexts and emerging concerns for higher education such as online education, telepresence presentations, and educating in a global and multicultural society. Accessible System: Building off of the flexible and responsive system, this program also intends to establish an accessible system for students around the region and the world. Initially, the program offerings will be available on the Grand Forks campus; however, the Department of Teaching & Learning s long-range plan includes providing online offerings of the courses within the program. Funding and Rewards: The program will use graduate courses already offered in the Department of Teaching & Learning which focus on college teaching and learning principles and techniques. Thus, the expenses remain constant with an existing program, while the courses will likely attract new graduate students to the Department, which will contribute to additional revenue (assuming an increase in enrollment). Sustaining the Vision: The Graduate Certificate in college Teaching incorporates several structural and process oriented mechanisms to sustain the State s vision of the University and that its programs remain connected, understood, relevant, and accountable to the present and future research, education, and public service needs of the State and its citizens. RECOMMENDATION: Approve University of North Dakota to offer a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching.
14 AAC: 5/11 Cabinet: 6/11 SBHE 6/11 University of North Dakota SBHE Policy 403.1, Program Approval SBHE Policy 404.1, Distance Learning Activities The University of North Dakota requests ongoing approval to offer a Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship via on-campus and distance/online delivery. This request is in accordance with SBHE policies and 404.1, Program Approval and Distance Learning Credit Activities. Social problems permeate the world around us. No country, state or region is immune. The emerging field of social entrepreneurship attempts to equip creative people with the necessary tools, skills, and knowledge to confront such problems. Unfortunately, at a time when there is a growing need for training and education in the expanding field of social entrepreneurship, academic programs are rare. The University of North Dakota proposes to offer a graduate-level Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship. A partnership has been forged across disciplines, colleges, departments, and units at UND to deliver this certificate. Need: Social entrepreneurship is a new field. Currently, there are no other institutions in the North Dakota University System or in the region currently offering a program in social entrepreneurship, and there are only four universities in the United States that offer a Graduate Certificate and/or a Master s Degree program in Social Entrepreneurship. North Dakota, like all states, faces its own set of social problems; an aging population, out-migration, regional housing shortages, access to health care, historically low wages, and alcohol abuse and teen suicide. A 2004 needs assessment of North Dakota by Rakow, Helgeson, and Weber highlighted some of these issues and made specific recommendations, some of them clearly related to the proposed certificate. Cost and Funding Resources: There is no request for additional system funding attached to this proposal. The courses will be taught using existing faculty; and all operating costs will be covered by the distance education funding model currently in place, which provides a percentage of the tuition payments to the programs. In sum, the program will be self-funded in regards to operating costs. Accreditation Information: The proposed program will not seek accreditation at this time. Although the College of Business and Public Administration has programs that are currently accredited by AACSB, ATMAE, and NASPAA, none of these accrediting bodies will be relevant to the proposed certificate. Relationship to the Institution: The program draws upon faculty and resources from the UND College of Business and Public Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences. The UND Center for Community Engagement and the Nonprofit Leadership program are also partners in creating and maintaining this program. Program Delivery: Each course in the program will be taught using a hybrid format, with both local students and distance students, who will access the class via internet, video camera,
15 and audio. Students will be able to pursue the proposed certificate as a stand-alone credential, or they could add it (or potentially merge it) into an existing graduate degree at UND. Program Viability: The certificate will consist of four courses, 12 credit hours, offered on a two year cycle. These courses could potentially accommodate 30 students (20 on-campus and 10 distance), which is the projected initial size of the program. We expect that 100% of those who enroll will complete the program. This is a realistic projection if we use the MPA program and its related certificates as a guide. Since adopting the hybrid model of distance delivery several years ago (local and online students in the same class), the MPA program has roughly doubled in size and the certificate programs have quadrupled. Duplication: As mentioned above, there are no other institutions in the North Dakota University System or in the region currently offering a program in social entrepreneurship, and there are only four universities in the United States that offer a Graduate Certificate and/or a Master s Degree program in Social Entrepreneurship. Relationship to the Roundtable: The certificate program has the potential to enhance economic development in the State by creating social enterprises staffed by both new and existing professionals. These enterprises would be in the business of solving social problems at the community level, thereby enhancing the quality of life throughout the State. The program will strive for educational excellence through rigorous content, delivered and assessed in innovative ways; will be available to potential students across the State and beyond; and will be focused toward existing graduate students from a variety of fields (e.g., public administration, business, social work, etc.), as well as toward new students from a variety of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds. The very essence of the program is socially proactive, since it focuses on creatively solving social problems. Through the certificate, UND and the NDUS would be making strategic investments in students; these investments will pay off, in turn, by improving society. RECOMMENDATION: Approve University of North Dakota to offer a Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship.
16 AAC: 5/11 Cabinet: 6/11 SBHE 6/11 Valley City State University SBHE Policy 403.1, Program Approval SBHE Policy 404.1, Distance Learning Activities Valley City State University requests approval to offer a major in Business Process Integration Management to be delivered both traditionally and online. This request is in accordance with SBHE policy 403.1, Program Approval and SBHE policy 404.1, Distance Learning Credit Activities. NEED: The proposed Business Process Integration Management (BPIM) major is designed to attract nontraditional IT majors and business majors interested in technology, to meet the needs of employers in the region, and to provide benefit to distance learners from other areas. The proposed BPIM major focuses on building the communication, problem-solving, business, collaboration and technical skills required of employers with a focus on business processes and advanced enterprise systems to ensure students are well-prepared to enter the growing IT and business workforce. The need for this program was identified through employer focus groups and surveys, advisory board recommendations, internship results, and participation in professional organizations. VCSU faculty members interact with colleagues from hundreds of schools via academic alliance programs that focus on these content areas, and have identified a number of programs at other universities across the nation focusing on business process management, BI, ERP, and others to meet the demands of employers COST: New funds are not being requested at this time. The courses included in the BPIM major are existing courses in the Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, and Professional Communications majors. The specialized software and academic alliances required are currently used in the CIS major and EA Certificate. ACCREDITATION: There are no current accreditation requirements for this particular program of study. RELATIONSHIP TO THE INSTITUTION: The courses included in the BPIM major are existing courses in the Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, and Professional Communications majors at VCSU. Most of the CIS courses are also included in the EA Certificate. The business core of the BPIM major includes courses that could articulate well with many two-year business programs. PROGRAM DELIVERY: Courses will be offered both traditionally in the classroom and online. Using a cohort structure, the online courses will have a rotating course offering schedule to assure completion of the degree in a four year span. The schedule will be reviewed periodically to make any changes if needed. The online courses will be delivered via the Internet using the Blackboard Learning Management System and related technologies. VIABILITY: Based on current online enrollment, the success of related online programs, and the addition of new business online major and minor offerings, the Division of Business and Information Technology anticipates initial enrollment in the BPIM degree of six students, with growth to about 20 in four years. Anticipated to have five completers per year.
17 DUPLICATION: The BPIM major relates to other NDUS institutions in much the same way it relates to the existing VCSU majors; business administration, MIS, and CIS majors at other institutions may see some overlap, but we believe the combination of courses is unique and serves the state with a nontraditional IT program. The strength of the program includes a focus on enterprise systems (i.e., ERP, CRM, BI, etc.) and to the best of our knowledge this is unique to VCSU. RELATIONSHIP TO THE ROUNDTABLE: Economic Development Connections The proposed BPIM degree will contribute to a larger IT workforce in North Dakota. The skills graduates gain would focus on the business knowledge and communication skills needed to analyze requirements and manage projects that use information systems to solve business problems. The 2011 Edition of the State of the IT Industry Guide, produced by the Information Technology Council of North Dakota, outlines the projection for an increase in several occupations including computer systems analyst with a projected increase of 22% from This occupation in particular requires the ability to understand business requirements and apply the knowledge learned to implement and manage information systems in an organization. Education Excellence The BPIM degree includes the use of ERP, CRM, BI, project management, and other tools and technologies that will reinforce the concepts learned in the program. The proposed major also requires an internship to ensure students have experience prior to graduation and can smoothly transition into the workforce. The proposed BPIM degree was developed through recommendations and research found through relationships with industry. Accessible System The proposed BPIM major will be offered fully online to accommodate distance and nontraditional learners. The applications used to support the concepts in the courses are available to distance learners; the technology and academic alliances have been used in the courses to prove the effectiveness of teaching these concepts online. RECOMMENDATION: Approve Valley City State University to offer a major in Business Process Integration Management.