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					                                                                                        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 12-15 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.
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.
                                                                              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
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 2018. The Social Work Program has been approved by CSWE to offer distance
education since 2005. 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 15-20 students initially, and upon
completion of the coursework, to graduate 12-15 students from the initial enrollment.
The number of students expected to be served the first year is approximately 15 the
first semester; when the program is fully developed, the program is expected to serve
45-60 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.
   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 2018. 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.
                                                                                        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 21st-
century 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



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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 10-15 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.


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                                                                                AAC: 5/11
                                                                              Cabinet: 6/11
                                                                               SBHE: 6/11

                                University of North Dakota
                          SBHE Policy 403.1.1, Program Termination

University of North Dakota seeks approval to terminate the following programs in accordance
with SBHE Policy 403.1.1, 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.
                                                                                                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 emails and verbal statements-of-
interest 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.

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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.




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                                                                                                  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
403.1 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 2018. 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)


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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.




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                                                                                                  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 403.1 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,




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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.




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                                                                                                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.




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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 2008-2018. 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.




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