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					                                 Baccalaureate Degree Program Proposal
              Recommendations from the Division of Florida Colleges Baccalaureate Review Team
                           for Consideration by the Commissioner of Education


A collaborative review was conducted by the Baccalaureate Review Team members, including staff from the
Division of Florida Colleges; the Division of Accountability, Research, and Measurement; and the Florida
College Budget Office. Written recommendations were submitted to the college by the Review Team, college
staff revised the proposal, and submitted the final proposal, which is now complete and ready for consideration
by the Commissioner of Education.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Patricia Frohe at (850) 245-9481 or patricia.frohe@fldoe.org.

 College                 Degree    Degree Program                                                    Date
                         Type                                                                        Submitted to
                                                                                                     Commissioner
 Chipola College         BS            •   Secondary English Education                               September 1,
 (CC)                                                                                                2010
                                   No alternative proposals were received for this program.

“Within 45 days following receipt of a completed proposal by the Division of Florida Colleges, the Commissioner of
Education shall recommend approval or disapproval of the proposal to the State Board of Education.”
Section 1007.33 (5)(e), F.S.

 Criteria                                     Comments
 A Planning Process                           Needs assessments for Chipola College’s (Chipola) two proposed
                                              Education programs were conducted in Summer/Fall 2009 to
     Question depth of planning.              determine student and local workforce demand. The college and
                                              school district administrators hold an annual breakfast at the college
                                              each year, and this past year resulted in discussion on subject areas for
                                              which additional teachers are needed. It was determined that
                                              Secondary English Education and Secondary Social Science Education
                                              were two areas of need.

                                              Student surveys for English Education resulted in 42 students’ stated
                                              desire to enroll in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

                                              The college also analyzed the resources—facilities, personnel,
                                              equipment needed, and the revenue needed to develop and implement
                                              the Secondary English Education degree program. It was determined
                                              that Chipola has sufficient state baccalaureate funding to start this
                                              degree, and student tuition fees and FTE funding will cover future
                                              costs. The Chipola Executive Council, comprised of the college’s
                                              president and other administrators, meets weekly to discuss issues and
                                              to plan for the future, and the Secondary English Education degree
                                              was one of the primary program goals included in the final 2009-10
                                              Chipola College Annual Planning document.

                                              The appendices include letters to the Presidents of Florida State
                                              University (FSU) and the University of West Florida (UWF),
                                              extending the opportunity to engage in need, demand and impact
                                              discussions, but those institutions did not respond, nor did they send
                                              alternative proposals. Neither state university indicated concern or a
                                              desire to deliver this program at Chipola.
                                           All local area Superintendents of Schools submitted letters of support
                                           for the need for the Secondary English Education program, which also
                                           is an area of critical need in Florida.
B   Program Implementation Timeline        Student recruitment and advising will occur prior to program
                                           implementation planned for January 2011.
C   Workforce Demand//Unmet Need           Chipola conducted assessments to determine the need for this program
    Specific to Program Area               in its large five-county district. Letters of support from district
                                           superintendents and emails responding to requests for projected annual
    Insufficient need/demand               job openings for the next five years indicate an unmet need for
    documentation analysis.                secondary English teachers (Appendices D, E, and F). Projections are
                                           for about 20 annual openings in the field for the next several years.
    Recommend county-by-county, high-      Graduates of Chipola’s teacher education programs have been
    school by high-school documentation    consistently hired, and the districts enthusiastically look forward to
                                           hiring the teachers from this proposed program, as well.

                                           The employment gap in Chipola’s district is rarely filled by graduates
                                           from FSU, UWF or other Florida universities, according to a statement
                                           in the proposal, and the rural district has difficulty recruiting and
                                           retaining certified English teachers.

                                           Information was included in tables displaying annual openings from
                                           the five area school districts, and from student surveys. The Roy Beall
                                           Endowment Fund tuition aid, free tutorial assistance, and many other
                                           offerings that only Chipola provides, are very attractive to the potential
                                           students.
D   Facilities and Equipment Specific to   Current facilities and equipment are sufficient for planning and
    Program Area                           implementing the BS in Secondary English Education, and no new
                                           expenditures are planned through 2013-14.
E   Library/Media Specific to Program      A partial listing of new library/media resources that will be needed for
    Area                                   the program was included, and projected expenditures are included on
                                           the Enrollment, Performance and Budget Plan.
F   Academic Resources Specific to         The college employs 7 full-time and 2-3 part-time faculty for this
    Program Area                           program. No new instructors will be needed, and the 70% of course
                                           credits taught by instructors with a doctoral degree exceeds the 25%
                                           that is required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-
                                           Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). The current instructional
                                           support personnel will be sufficient to implement the program, as well.
G Cost to Student                          Chipola states $10,800 as the cost for four years of study at the
                                           college, while FSU is $18,264. Baptist College of Florida is $32,400.

                                           The Beall Fund tuition scholarships provide financial aid to students in
                                           the critical shortage areas of mathematics, science, and exceptional
                                           education. Because English Education is a state and local critical
                                           shortage area as well, the scholarships will apply to this degree
                                           program.
H Academic Content                         Chipola has been offering baccalaureate degrees in Education since
                                           2004. Teacher Education students have had 90% - 100% graduation,
    Needs additional documentation for     certification, and placement rates. Feedback from the students
    graduation, certification, and         enrolled and who have graduated from the programs has been
    placement rates.                       favorable, and the local school districts are consistently pleased with
                                           the highly qualified teachers they have employed from the college.

                                           Admission requirements include an Associate in Arts (AA) degree or
                                           at least 60 credits of postsecondary education with completion of the
                                           general studies requirement, completion of all lower-division state
                                             required common prerequisites, a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average
                                             (GPA), and demonstrated proficiency in state mandated general
                                             knowledge content through satisfactory completion of all four parts of
                                             the General Knowledge portion of the Florida Teacher Certification
                                             Exam (FTCE), as well as other designated requirements posted by the
                                             institution.

                                             The college’s curriculum aligns with the common prerequisite courses
                                             required by the state for this program. The total number of credits for
                                             the four year program is 120.

                                             No substantive change will be necessary by SACS-COC, as Chipola
                                             already has a number of Florida state approved Education programs.
                                             The college will need Initial Program Approval from the Florida
                                             Department of Education (FDOE) for its Secondary English Education
                                             degree program, and will submit an application.
 I   Enrollment, Performance, and            Projected upper division enrollment is 20 for 2010-11, and 42 for
     Budget Plan                             2011-12. Projected expenditures for this program are well below the
                                             estimated funding level of $3,607 per FTE. The budget narrative on
                                             pages 33-35 aligns with the planned expenditures on the Enrollment,
                                             Performance and Budget Plan form on page 32.

                                             According to the Enrollment, Performance and Budget Plan form,
                                             resident student tuition/fees and some carry forward funding are able
                                             to support the program.
 J   Plan of Action if Program Must be       If continued funding or sufficient enrollment should not be available,
     Terminated                              the college is committed to fund the program and deliver the courses
                                             needed by students for three years, so they will have the opportunity to
                                             “train out” and graduate. Chipola will also collaborate with
                                             universities/colleges to establish articulation agreements that provide a
                                             transfer option for students to complete the program.

Comments: Unmet Need/Demand analysis is insufficient to document sustainable need for this degree in local area,
even though it may exist.

Recommend deferral.


Executive Vice Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges ________________________________ Date _8-31-10_



Comments: The lack of a thorough need analysis for the employment region weakens this proposal. Coordination
with the University of West Florida and Florida State University should also be sought.

Recommend deferral.


Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges _____________________________________________ Date _8-31-10_
                                 Baccalaureate Degree Program Proposal
              Recommendations from the Division of Florida Colleges Baccalaureate Review Team
                           for Consideration by the Commissioner of Education


A collaborative review was conducted by the Baccalaureate Review Team members, including staff from the
Division of Florida Colleges; the Division of Accountability, Research, and Measurement; and the Florida
College Budget Office. Written recommendations were submitted to the college by the Review Team, college
staff revised the proposal, and submitted the final proposal, which is now complete and ready for consideration
by the Commissioner of Education.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Patricia Frohe at (850) 245-9481 or patricia.frohe@fldoe.org.

 College                 Degree    Degree Program                                                    Date
                         Type                                                                        Submitted to
                                                                                                     Commissioner
 Chipola College         BS            •   Secondary Social Science Education                        September 1,
 (CC)                                                                                                2010
                                   No alternative proposals were received for this program.

“Within 45 days following receipt of a completed proposal by the Division of Florida Colleges, the Commissioner of
Education shall recommend approval or disapproval of the proposal to the State Board of Education.”
Section 1007.33 (5)(e), F.S.

 Criteria                                     Comments
 A Planning Process                           Needs assessments for Chipola College’s (Chipola) two proposed
                                              Education programs were conducted in Summer/Fall 2009 to
     Question depth of planning.              determine student and local workforce demand. The college and
                                              school district administrators hold an annual breakfast at the college
                                              each year, and this past year resulted in discussion on subject areas for
                                              which additional teachers are needed. It was determined that
                                              Secondary English Education and Secondary Social Science Education
                                              were two areas of need.

                                              Student surveys for Social Science Education indicated that 20
                                              students were planning to enroll in 2010-11 if the college were
                                              approved to offer the program.

                                              The college also analyzed the resources—facilities, personnel,
                                              equipment needed, and the revenue needed to develop and implement
                                              the Secondary Social Science Education degree program. It was
                                              determined that Chipola has sufficient state baccalaureate funding to
                                              start this degree, and student tuition fees and FTE funding will cover
                                              future costs. The Chipola Executive Council, comprised of the
                                              college’s president and other administrators, meets weekly to discuss
                                              issues and to plan for the future, and the Secondary Social Science
                                              Education degree was one of the primary program goals included in
                                              the final 2009-10 Chipola College Annual Planning document.

                                              The appendices include letters to the Presidents of Florida State
                                              University (FSU) and the University of West Florida (UWF),
                                              extending the opportunity to engage in need, demand and impact
                                              discussions, but those institutions did not respond, nor did they send
                                              alternative proposals. Neither state university indicated concern or a
                                              desire to deliver this program at Chipola. All local area
                                                 Superintendents of Schools submitted letters of support for the
                                                 Secondary Social Science Education program.
B   Program Implementation Timeline              Student recruitment and advising will occur prior to program
                                                 implementation planned for January 2011.
C   Workforce Demand//Unmet Need                 Chipola conducted assessments to determine the need for this program
    Specific to Program Area                     in its large five-county district. Letters of support from district
                                                 superintendents and emails responding to requests for projected annual
    Would like to see data on number of          job openings for the next five years indicate an unmet need for
    enrollees in other Teacher Education         secondary Social Science teachers (Appendices D, E, and F).
    programs, retention rates, graduation        Projections are for about 18 annual openings in the field for the next
    rates, and placement in five-county          several years. Graduates of Chipola’s teacher education programs
    area.                                        have been consistently hired, and the districts enthusiastically look
                                                 forward to hiring the teachers from this proposed program as well.
    Weak need/demand documentation.
                                                 The employment gap in Chipola’s district is rarely filled by graduates
                                                 from FSU, UWF or other Florida universities, according to a statement
                                                 in the proposal.

                                                 Other than tables displaying annual openings from the five area school
                                                 districts, were student survey results, which show that about 20
                                                 students are interested in enrolling in the Secondary Social Science
                                                 Education program each year from 2010-11 and 2011-12. Students
                                                 cited that full time faculty, student support services, ample library
                                                 holdings/resources, free tutorial assistance, other offerings that
                                                 Chipola provides, are important factors to consider in a four-year
                                                 institution.
D   Facilities and Equipment Specific to         Current facilities and equipment are sufficient for planning and
    Program Area                                 implementing the BS in Secondary Social Science Education, and no
                                                 new expenditures are planned through 2013-14.
E   Library/Media Specific to Program            A partial listing of new library/media resources that will be needed for
    Area                                         the program was included, and projected expenditures are included on
                                                 the Enrollment, Performance and Budget Plan.
F   Academic Resources Specific to               The college employs 7 full-time and 3 part-time faculty for this
    Program Area                                 program. No new instructors will be needed, and the 50% of course
                                                 credits taught by instructors with a doctoral degree exceeds the 25%
                                                 that is required by SACS-COC. The current instructional support
                                                 personnel will be sufficient to implement the program as well.
G Cost to Student                                Chipola states $10,800 as the cost for four years of study at the
                                                 college, while FSU is $18,264. Baptist College of Florida is $32,400.
H Academic Content                               Chipola has been offering baccalaureate degrees in Education since
                                                 2004. Teacher Education students have had 90% - 100% graduation,
    Insufficient justification for graduation,   certification, and placement rates. Feedback from the students
    certification, and placement rates.          enrolled and who have graduated from the programs has been
                                                 favorable, and the local school districts are consistently pleased with
                                                 the highly qualified teachers they have employed from the college.

                                                 Admission requirements include an AA degree or at least 60 credits of
                                                 postsecondary education with completion of the general studies
                                                 requirement, completion of all lower-division state required common
                                                 prerequisites, a minimum 2.5 GPA, and demonstrated proficiency in
                                                 state mandated general knowledge content through satisfactory
                                                 completion of all four parts of the General Knowledge portion of the
                                                 Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE), as well as other
                                                 designated requirements posted by the institution. The college’s
                                                 curriculum aligns with the common prerequisite courses required by
                                             the state for this program. The total number of credits for the four-
                                             year program is 120.

                                             No substantive change will be necessary by SACS-COC, as Chipola
                                             already has a number of Florida state approved Education programs.
                                             The college will need Initial Program Approval from the FDOE for its
                                             Secondary Social Science Education degree program, and will submit
                                             an application.
 I   Enrollment, Performance, and            Projected upper-division enrollment is 19 for 2010-11, and 40 for
     Budget Plan                             2011-12. Projected expenditures for this program are well below the
                                             estimated funding level of $3,607 per FTE. The budget narrative on
                                             pages 32-34 aligns with the planned expenditures on the Enrollment,
                                             Performance and Budget Plan on page 31.

                                             According to the Enrollment, Performance and Budget Plan form,
                                             resident student tuition/fees and some carry forward funding are able
                                             to support the program.
 J   Plan of Action if Program Must be       If continued funding or sufficient enrollment should not be available,
     Terminated                              the college is committed to fund the program and deliver the courses
                                             needed by students for three years, so they will have the opportunity to
                                             “train out” and graduate. Chipola will also collaborate with
                                             universities/colleges to establish articulation agreements that provide a
                                             transfer option for students to complete the program.

Comments: Need/demand analysis inadequate. Although this may be a popular degree, especially for students in the
“rural” area, my concern is that the local employment needs could easily become saturated in 2-5 years.

Recommend denial.



Executive Vice Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges ________________________________ Date _8-31-10_


Comments: The documented employment need is not strong. The other proposals from the college are more critical
to serving the region.

Recommend denial.



Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges _____________________________________________ Date _8-31-10_
                                 Baccalaureate Degree Program Proposal
              Recommendations from the Division of Florida Colleges Baccalaureate Review Team
                           for Consideration by the Commissioner of Education


A collaborative review was conducted by the Baccalaureate Review Team members, including staff from the
Division of Florida Colleges; the Division of Accountability, Research, and Measurement; and the Florida
College Budget Office. Written recommendations were submitted to the college by the Review Team, college
staff revised the proposal, and submitted the final proposal, which is now complete and ready for consideration
by the Commissioner of Education.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Patricia Frohe at (850) 245-9481 or patricia.frohe@fldoe.org.

 College                 Degree    Degree Program                                                    Date
                         Type                                                                        Submitted to
                                                                                                     Commissioner
 Chipola College         BS           • Accounting                                                   September 1,
 (CC)                              No alternative proposals were received for this program.          2010

“Within 45 days following receipt of a completed proposal by the Division of Florida Colleges, the Commissioner of
Education shall recommend approval or disapproval of the proposal to the State Board of Education.”
Section 1007.33 (5)(e), F.S.

 Criteria                                     Comments
 A Planning Process                           Proposal includes internal and external processes. Chipola College
                                              (Chipola) currently offers the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)
     Planning team should revisit degree      degree in Organizational Management (under classification code
     structure and consider BS – Business     shared by several colleges in the Florida College system for
     Administration with concentration in     Supervision and Management or other similar program titles), and it
     Accounting (optional) rather than        states that all of the courses in the proposed Bachelor of Science (BS)
     separate degree.                         degree in Accounting are currently being offered in the BAS program
                                              as either core courses or electives, and many BAS students are
                                              completing a BS Accounting course of study but earning a BAS
                                              degree. According to the college, the current BAS program is an
                                              excellent degree choice for Associate in Science (AS) or Associate in
                                              Applied Science (AAS) students who do not wish to take the
                                              additional 21 hours of common business prerequisites. “The BS in
                                              Accounting degree will better serve the AA students with the business
                                              prerequisites and AS in Business Administration students who plan to
                                              pursue a BS in business.” These students with the BS in Accounting
                                              may continue to the MBA and/or CPA candidacy.

                                              Although not specifically included in the AS to BS in Business
                                              articulation agreement, the AS in Business Administration students
                                              who complete the pre-admission requirements will also be eligible for
                                              admission to the BS in Accounting program. Student survey results
                                              indicate that 22% (18) of the current BAS students would prefer to
                                              earn a BS in Accounting, 51% (42) would prefer a BS in Business
                                              Administration (BS BA), and 27% (22) would prefer to earn the BAS
                                              in Organizational Management (page 6, page 7 Table 1; survey
                                              instruments Appendix B). For lower-level students who intend to earn
                                              a bachelor’s degree in business, 18% (33) are interested in earning a
                                              BS in Accounting if available at Chipola, 55% (101) a BS in Business
                                              Administration, and 27% (49) are interested in the BAS in
                                              Organizational Management, so there is substantial interest in all three
                                             programs. The college notes that there are sufficient students in the
                                             pipeline at Chipola to offer both the BAS and BS degrees. For almost
                                             all of these students, family commitments, job constraints, and/or the
                                             costs associated with moving or commuting to a university outside the
                                             district make it impossible for them to earn a BS BA. Chipola further
                                             states that many BS in Accounting students will already have jobs and
                                             will have an opportunity to gain new business skills and knowledge, as
                                             well as be eligible for promotion within their organization. 18 current
                                             BAS students are anticipated in the BS in Accounting program, if
    Seeking Association of Collegiate        approved, and 42 current BAS students are anticipated in the BS BA in
    Business Schools and Programs            January. The college plans to pursue and achieve specialized
    (ACBSP) accreditation is favorable.      accreditation by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and
                                             Programs (ACBSP).

                                             Letters to Presidents of Florida State University (FSU) and University
                                             of West Florida (UWF) in Appendix C state an unmet need for the
                                             degree and extend “the opportunity for engaging in any need, demand,
                                             and impact discussions” that the President deems appropriate
                                             pertaining to the new initiative by Chipola. The college states that
                                             there was no reply from FSU and UWF to this correspondence or to
                                             requests for telephone discussions (page 17). Baptist College of
                                             Florida does not offer the BS in Accounting.

                                             Chipola held meetings with area Chambers of Commerce and business
                                             leaders, as well as making on-site visits to accounting firms, banks,
                                             manufacturers, corporations, retail businesses and other industry, and
                                             workforce councils. The business leaders, owners, CPAs and
                                             managers (page 18) expressed concern for the lack of a well-educated
                                             workforce for all levels of business. Appendix F includes many strong
                                             letters of support from these parties.

                                             The Jackson County Chamber cites difficulties in getting graduates of
                                             colleges outside the local area to return to the small community from
                                             which they came. Currently their only option to pursue the BS degree
                                             in Accounting is to attend a BS program in a more populated area. In
                                             a strong letter of support, Florida House Representative Marti Coley
                                             notes that many located in rural areas are geographically bound and
                                             cannot travel to major universities. She states that the degree will
                                             benefit their economy and the business community in the area.

                                             Chipola College is the only public postsecondary institution in the
                                             five-county district and is the bachelor’s access point for area
                                             residents. No start up money is needed or requested for the initiation
                                             of the new degree. Board of Trustees meeting approval to make
                                             application for BS Accounting program is in Appendix D.
B   Program Implementation Timeline          Planning student recruitment and advising in fall 2010 with classes
                                             starting in January 2011.

C   Workforce Demand//Unmet Need             Chipola College is the only public postsecondary institution in the
    Specific to Program Area                 five-county district and is the bachelor’s degree access point for area
                                             residents. On page 11, Chipola states that their rural district has been
    Not clear how many BAS graduates         designated as a Region of Economic Concern and that a great “unmet
    are staying in/employed in local area.   need” is more than unfilled jobs. It is the lack of a well-educated
                                             workforce in filled and unfilled positions, as well. Analysis for
                                             geographic region with data from Agency for Workforce Innovation
                                            (AWI)/Florida Research and Economic Database (page 20). Chipola
                                            engaged in meetings with business and community leaders and
                                            employers, in the need-demand analysis phase. The proposal states
                                            that data supplied by AWI reveals an employment gap of 84 in 2010 in
                                            the number of jobs (page 20, Table 3), and the number of projected
                                            jobs in 2015 to be 106. There are no graduates from any program in
                                            the geographic region. While not in the region, closest universities
                                            FSU had 202 graduates and UWF had 136 graduates in 2008-2009 for
                                            the BS in Accounting (CIP 52.0201). Bay County adjoins Jackson and
                                            Washington Counties to the South. Soon-to-be-completed Bay County
                                            Airport will be located a few miles south of Washington and Holmes
                                            Counties near highway 79. Ongoing growth in Washington County on
                                            Highway 77 cited with new schools and businesses established on
                                            Highways 77 and 79 (page 21).

                                            Pages 23 – 24 include statements from area business and government
                                            leaders on the need for the proposed degree.
D   Facilities and Equipment Specific to    No new facilities or equipment will be needed for the BS in
    Program Area                            Accounting program.
E   Library/Media Specific to Program       Available current holdings are appropriate for the BS in Accounting
    Area                                    program, as well as the existing BAS. Although sufficient to support
                                            the proposed program, Chipola annually updates and maintains
                                            additional library/media resources to ensure that students have access
                                            to all the resources they need.
F   Academic Resources Specific to          Existing faculty in BAS program satisfy and most exceed SACS-
    Program Area                            Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) credentialing requirements.
                                            Well over 25% of the hours in the BS BA and the BS in Accounting
                                            degrees will be taught by instructors with the terminal degree in the
                                            discipline. All of the courses planned for the BS in Accounting
                                            program are currently being taught in the BAS program. No new
                                            faculty positions will be needed. Chipola notes an outstanding
                                            facilities and technology infrastructure at the college, which provides
                                            the access and software the BS in Accounting students will need.
G Cost to Student                           Chipola notes $10,800 as the cost for four years of study at the college,
                                            while FSU is $18,264. Baptist College of Florida is $32,000.
H Academic Content                          Appropriately aligned with Common Prerequisite Manual (CPM) for
                                            CIP 52.0301, the appropriate CIP that the college selected and is
    See notes under BS – Business           shared by many SUS institutions. Applicants must have an AA degree
    Administration proposal.                with the appropriate course prerequisites or an AS Business
                                            Administration from a regionally accredited institution, and a GPA of
    Recommend BS Business                   2.5. AS in Business Administration students must satisfy all
    Administration degree program with      requirements in the AS to BS in Business (statewide) articulation
    optional concentrations in Accounting   agreement prior to admission to the BS in Accounting program. The
    and Organizational Management,          agreement is included in Appendix A.
    rather than separate degree programs
    (in this case, Accounting).             On pages 29-30, Chipola highlights the differences in the BAS degree
                                            in Organizational Management that was approved by the State Board
                                            in 2007 and the proposed BS in Accounting degree, and explains why
                                            many students are not well served by having only one bachelor’s in
                                            business option.

                                            All courses in the proposed BS in Accounting are currently being
                                            offered in the college’s BAS program as either core courses or upper-
                                            level business electives (18 hours) in business and accounting.
                                            Because AA graduates have satisfied general education, as well having
                                               taken the prerequisite business courses aligned to the BS in
                                               Accounting listed in the Common Prerequisite Manual prior to being
                                               admitted to the BAS in Organizational Management, most of the AA
                                               graduates in the BAS program took the equivalent of the BS
                                               Accounting curriculum. Chipola states that the BS in Accounting will
                                               better serve these students.

                                               The college states that the AAS and AS graduates that do not intend
                                               and are not required to complete the credit hours of common business
                                               prerequisites required for a BS degree in business may be more well
                                               suited to the BAS degree, and it is anticipated that many of those
                                               students will continue to pursue the BAS degree that is currently being
                                               offered at the college.

                                               Current or future students who are enrolled in the BAS and wish to
                                               transfer to the BS in Accounting degree must consult with an advisor
                                               and satisfy requirements for admission.

                                               Chipola is planning to seek ACBSP special accreditation (page 27),
                                               one of two premier accreditation organizations for business colleges
                                               and schools. The BS BA curriculum has been aligned to ensure that
                                               all requirements for ACBSP accreditation are in place.
 I   Enrollment, Performance, and              Projected enrollment for 2010-2011 is 20 and is projected to grow to
     Budget Plan                               50 students by 2013-2014. The College did an excellent job
                                               explaining the budget narrative on Section III of the budget plan,
                                               broken down by operating expenses and capital outlay. The college
                                               stated that in case of lack of funding by the Legislature, the current
                                               state FTE funding level and student tuition/fees will provide sufficient
                                               revenue to continue the program.
 J   Plan of Action if Program Must be         Chipola will continue to fund the BS in Accounting program and
     Terminated                                deliver the courses needed by students already admitted into the junior
                                               or senior years, for three years, so they will have the opportunity to
                                               train-out and graduate. Process of notification of students and faculty
                                               not stated. Chipola will collaborate with universities/colleges to
                                               establish articulation agreements that provide a transfer option for
                                               students to complete the program.

Comments: Recommend deferral and resubmission. Chipola should resubmit a BS – Business Administration
proposal with optional concentrations in Accounting and Organizational Management for May, 2011 start.


Executive Vice Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges ________________________________ Date _8-31-10_



Comments: The college should resubmit as suggested. Separate degrees in related business fields is inefficient for a
small college and diffuses student interest. In the resubmission, a plan for recognition by ACBSP should be included.

Recommend deferral.


Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges _____________________________________________ Date __8-31-10_
                                 Baccalaureate Degree Program Proposal
              Recommendations from the Division of Florida Colleges Baccalaureate Review Team
                           for Consideration by the Commissioner of Education


A collaborative review was conducted by the Baccalaureate Review Team members, including staff from the
Division of Florida Colleges; the Division of Accountability, Research, and Measurement; and the Florida
College Budget Office. Written recommendations were submitted to the college by the Review Team, college
staff revised the proposal, and submitted the final proposal, which is now complete and ready for consideration
by the Commissioner of Education.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Patricia Frohe at (850) 245-9481 or patricia.frohe@fldoe.org.

 College                 Degree    Degree Program                                                  Date
                         Type                                                                      Submitted to
                                                                                                   Commissioner
 Chipola College         BS            •    Business Administration                                September 1,
 (CC)                                                                                              2010
                                   No alternative proposals were received for this program.

“Within 45 days following receipt of a completed proposal by the Division of Florida Colleges, the Commissioner of
Education shall recommend approval or disapproval of the proposal to the State Board of Education.”
Section 1007.33 (5)(e), F.S.

 Criteria                                     Comments
 A Planning Process                           Proposal includes internal and external processes. Chipola College
                                              (Chipola) currently offers the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)
     Planning should consider all issues      degree in Organizational Management (under classification code
     regarding merging BAS in                 shared by several colleges in The Florida College System under
     Organizational Management with BS-       Supervision and Management or other similar program titles) They
     Business Administration and offering     state that all of the courses in the proposed BS degree in Business
     optional concentrations under one        Administration (BS BA) are currently being offered in the BAS
     degree designation. See Section H,       program as either core courses or electives, and many BAS students
     1) through 4) for additional detail.     are completing a BS BA course of study but earning a BAS degree.
                                              The college also states that the BAS provides a path to a bachelor’s
     Not clear if BAS in Organizational       degree for students with the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) or
     Management meets business needs.         Associate in Science (AS) degree other than AS in Business
                                              Administration, and Chipola is committed to continuing that degree.
                                              “The BS BA degree will better serve the traditional AA and AS in
                                              Business Administration students who plan to pursue a BS in
                                              business.” Student survey results indicate that 27% of the current
                                              BAS students would prefer to earn the BAS in Organizational
                                              Management, while 51% of the BAS students would prefer a BS in
                                              Business Administration (page 6, page 7 Table 1; survey instruments
                                              Appendix B). The college notes that there are sufficient students in
                                              the pipeline at Chipola to offer both the BAS and BS degrees. For
                                              almost all of these students, family commitments, job constraints,
                                              and/or the costs associated with moving or commuting to a university
                                              outside the district make it impossible for them to earn a BS BA.
                                              Chipola further states that many BS BA students will already have
                                              jobs and will have an opportunity to gain new business skills and
                                              knowledge, as well as be eligible for promotion within their
                                              organization. 42 students are anticipated in the BS BA in January.
                                              The college plans to pursue and achieve specialized accreditation by
                                              the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
                                            (ACBSP) for the BS BA program.

                                            Letters to Presidents of Florida State University (FSU) and University
                                            of West Florida (UWF) in Appendix C state an unmet need for the
                                            degree and extend “the opportunity for engaging in any need, demand,
                                            and impact discussions” that the President deems appropriate
                                            pertaining to the new initiative by Chipola. Chipola states that there
                                            was no reply from FSU and UWF to this correspondence or to requests
                                            for telephone discussions (page 17). Baptist College of Florida does
                                            not offer the BS in Business Administration.

    Not clear if current BAS –              Chipola held meetings with area Chambers of Commerce and business
    Organizational Management graduates     leaders, as well as making on-site visits to accounting firms, banks,
    are 1) helping to meet need or 2) the   manufacturers, corporations, retail businesses and other industry, and
    number of graduates from that program   workforce councils. The business leaders, owners and managers (page
    are being employed/staying in           17) expressed concern for the lack of a well-educated workforce for all
    community.                              levels of business. Appendix F includes many strong letters of support
                                            from these parties.

                                            The Jackson County Chamber cites difficulties in getting graduates of
                                            colleges outside the local area to return to the small community from
                                            which they came. Currently their only option to pursue the BS degree
                                            in business is to attend a BS program in a more populated area. In a
                                            strong letter of support, Florida House Representative Marti Coley
                                            notes that many located in rural areas are geographically bound and
                                            cannot travel to major universities. She states that the degree will
                                            benefit their economy and the business community in the area.

                                            Chipola College is the only public postsecondary institution in the
                                            five-county district and is the bachelor’s access point for area
                                            residents. No start up money is needed or requested for the initiation
                                            of the new degree. Board of Trustees meeting approval to make
                                            application for BS BA program in Appendix D.
B   Program Implementation Timeline         Planning student recruitment and advising in fall 2010 with classes
                                            starting in January 2011.
C   Workforce Demand//Unmet Need            Chipola College is the only public postsecondary institution in the
    Specific to Program Area                five-county district and is the bachelor’s degree access point for area
                                            residents. On page 10, Chipola states that their rural district has been
                                            designated as a Region of Economic Concern and that a great “unmet
                                            need” is more than unfilled jobs. It is the lack of a well-educated
                                            workforce in filled and unfilled positions as well. Analysis for
                                            geographic region with data from Agency for Workforce Innovation
                                            (AWI)/Florida Research and Economic Database (page 20). Chipola
                                            engaged in meetings with business and community leaders and
                                            employers, in the need-demand analysis phase. The proposal states
                                            that data supplied by AWI reveals an employment gap of 84 in 2010 in
                                            the number of jobs (page 17, Table 3), and the number of projected
                                            jobs in 2015 to be 106. There are no graduates from any program in
                                            the geographic region. While not in the region, closest universities
                                            FSU had 202 graduates and UWF had 136 graduates in 2008-2009 for
                                            the BS BA. Bay County adjoins Jackson and Washington Counties to
                                            the South. Soon-to-be-completed Bay County Airport will be located
                                            a few miles south of Washington and Holmes Counties near highway
                                            79. Ongoing growth in Washington County on Highway 77 cited with
                                            new schools and businesses established on Highways 77 and 79 (page
                                           21).

                                           Pages 22 – 23 include statements from area business and government
                                           leaders on the need for the proposed degree.
D   Facilities and Equipment Specific to   No new facilities or equipment will be needed for the BS BA program.
    Program Area
E   Library/Media Specific to Program      Available current holdings are appropriate for the BS BA program, as
    Area                                   well as the existing BAS. Although sufficient to support the proposed
                                           BS BA program, Chipola annually updates and maintains additional
                                           library/media resources to ensure that students have access to all the
                                           resources they need.
F   Academic Resources Specific to         Existing faculty in BAS program satisfy and most exceed SACS-
    Program Area                           Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) credentialing requirements.
                                           All of the courses planned for the BS BA program are currently being
                                           taught in the BAS program. No new faculty positions will be needed.
                                           Chipola notes an outstanding facilities and technology infrastructure at
                                           the college, which provides the access and software the BS BA
                                           students will need.
G Cost to Student                          Chipola notes $10,800 as the cost for four years of study at the college,
                                           while FSU is $18,264. Baptist College of Florida is $32,000.
H Academic Content                         Appropriately aligned with Common Prerequisite Manual (CPM) for
                                           Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) 52.0201, the appropriate
    Recommend:                             CIP that the college selected and is shared by many SUS institutions
                                           and also by St. Petersburg College. Applicants must have an AA
    1) mirroring state approved AS to BS   degree with the appropriate course prerequisites or an AS Business
    curriculum                             Administration from a regionally accredited institution, and a GPA of
                                           2.5.
    2) providing AA pathway to BS in
    Business Administration.               On pages 29-30, Chipola highlights the differences in the BAS degree
                                           in Organizational Management that was approved by the State Board
    3) offering the BS in Business         in 2007 and the proposed BS BA degree, and explains why many
    Administration with optional           students are not well served by having only one bachelor’s in business
    concentrations in:                     option.
        a. Accounting
        b. Organizational Management       AS in Business Administration students must satisfy all requirements
                                           in the AS to BS in Business (statewide) articulation agreement prior to
    4) phasing out Chipola’s current BAS   admission to the BS BA program. The agreement is included in
    in Organizational Management degree    Appendix A.
    program; see 3) above.
                                           All courses in the proposed BS BA are currently being offered in the
                                           college’s BAS program as either core courses or upper-level business
                                           electives (18 hours) in business and accounting. Because AA
                                           graduates have satisfied general education, as well having taken the
                                           prerequisite business courses aligned to the BS BA listed in the
                                           Common Prerequisite Manual prior to being admitted to the BAS in
                                           Organizational Management, most of the AA graduates in the BAS
                                           program took the equivalent of the BS BA curriculum. Chipola states
                                           that the BS BA will better serve these students.

                                           The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and AS graduates that do not
                                           intend and are not required to complete the credit hours of common
                                           business prerequisites that are required for a BS degree in business
                                           may be more well suited to the BAS degree, and it is anticipated that
                                           many of those students will continue to pursue the BAS degree that is
                                           currently being offered at the college.
                                              Current or future students who are enrolled in the BAS and wish to
                                              transfer to the BS BA degree must consult with an advisor and satisfy
                                              requirements for admission.

                                              Chipola is planning to seek ACBSP special accreditation (page 27) for
                                              the BS BA degree, one of two premier accreditation organizations for
                                              business colleges and schools. The BS BA curriculum has been
                                              aligned to ensure that all requirements for ACBSP accreditation are in
                                              place.
 I   Enrollment, Performance, and             The College did an excellent job explaining the budget narrative on
     Budget Plan                              Section III of the budget plan, broken down by operating expenses and
                                              capital outlay. The college stated that in case of lack of funding by the
                                              Legislature, the current state FTE funding level and student
                                              tuition/fees will provide sufficient revenue to continue the program.
 J   Plan of Action if Program Must be        Chipola will continue to fund the BS BA program and deliver the
     Terminated                               courses needed by students already admitted into the junior or senior
                                              years, for three years, so they will have the opportunity to train-out
                                              and graduate. Process of notification of students and faculty not
                                              stated. Chipola will collaborate with universities/colleges to establish
                                              articulation agreements that provide a transfer option for students to
                                              complete the program.

Comments: See comments under Section H. Recommend deferring approval and advising Chipola College to
resubmit proposal for BS in Business Administration with optional concentrations in Accounting and Organizational
Management to meet student and community needs for a May 2011 start date.

Recommend deferral.


Executive Vice Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges ________________________________ Date _8-31-10__



Comments: The rationale for a more coherent and efficient program plan to meet the employment needs of the region
is stated above. As part of the resubmission, the college should continue to seek a dialogue with the University of
West Florida.

Recommend deferral.


Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges _____________________________________________ Date __8-31-10_

				
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