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					Guidelines for Off-Campus Programs

                       Oregon State University
                            Name of Institution


      Baccalaureate (B.S.) Degree in Environmental Sciences
          Name of Degree or Certificate in Academic Specialty Area

                               CIP# 300101


   Site for Instruction     Check          City       State

                            if Using


       Statewide                                     Oregon

    Central Oregon                       Bend        Oregon
  Community College

  Warm Springs Indian                 Warm Springs   Oregon

  Southwestern Oregon                  Coos Bay      Oregon
   Community College

  Mt. Hood Community                    Gresham      Oregon

Eastern Oregon University              La Grande     Oregon

Program Description

1.    Indicate date of the Board’s approval of this program and assigned CIP code

      OSBHE approval: October 23, 1992; CIP # 300101

2.    Department and school/college that would offer the program. Indicate the
      institution program coordinator and phone number.

      The baccalaureate (B.S.) degree program in Environmental Sciences is an
      interdisciplinary program offered by the College of Science. The coordinator for
      the Environmental Sciences program is Dr. Patricia Muir, Department of Botany
      and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University. The program coordinator for the
      extended degree programs in Environmental Sciences is Sandra L. Woods,
      Faculty Associate to the Provost: Extended Education, Oregon State University.
      Questions may be directed to Dr. Woods at 541-737-6837 or

      The extended degree program in Environmental Sciences will be offered in
      partnership with community colleges and OSSHE sister institutions. Partnerships
      include Central Oregon Community College, Southwestern Oregon Community
      College, Mt. Hood Community College, and Eastern Oregon University. The
      program will be extended to other sites as partnerships are developed. We are,
      therefore, requesting approval to offer Environmental Sciences as a statewide
      program. The proposed effective term is Fall Term 1998.

3.    Briefly describe the academic program. List all course titles including prefix and
      number of credits.

      The program seeks to develop scientists with the ability to analyze and understand
      environmental systems, to predict environmental change, and to participate in the
      management of the environment. The interdisciplinary program contains 25 to 26
      course credits in the environmental sciences and humanities core that are designed
      to develop the ability and knowledge required to assess and integrate information

     across disciplinary boundaries in the sciences and humanities. The curriculum also
     contains 27 to 30 credits of advanced courses in a specialization area designed to
     give the students an area of academic strength in the physical, biological, or social
     sciences. These two groups of courses balance breadth and depth.

     The requirement for the specialization area can be met by completing an approved
     minor. Alternatively, students may choose an approved course cluster, or work
     with advisors to develop an innovative course cluster that would enable the
     student to meet a new challenge in the analysis of environmental systems. A
     summary of the Environmental Sciences curriculum appears in Appendix A.

4.   Indicate in what ways the proposed program at the new location(s) will differ
     from the on-campus program.

     Except for a more limited selection of courses and options, graduation
     requirements for the off-campus program are identical to those for the on-campus
     program. The on-campus Environmental Sciences program provides students with
     many choices. Within each breadth area, students elect a course from a choice of
     four or five classes; the off-campus degree program will likely provide students
     with a choice among two or three classes.

5.   List any special requirements or prerequisites for admission to the program at the
     new location(s).

     There are no special requirements of distance learners.

6.   Is there an accrediting agency or professional society that has established
     standards for this program, and, if so, is the program currently accredited and
     what was the last date of accreditation? If accredited, what steps would be needed
     to accredit the program at the proposed new location(s)?

     The B.S. in Environmental Sciences is not an accredited degree.


7.   Evidence of need for the program at the new location(s).

     The on-campus Environmental Sciences program has grown rapidly since its
     approval in 1992. Currently, over two hundred students participate in the program
     (Figure 1).

     The goal of the statewide program in Environmental Sciences is to provide
     students who are geographically isolated from a college or university or unable to
     attend classes during traditional times with access to a bachelor’s degree program.
     This broad interdisciplinary program provides students with the opportunity to
     develop a degree program that meets their needs. Because Oregon’s economy is
     strongly based on natural resources, preparation of students to enter the workforce
     to deal with environmental issues is essential to the economic future of the State.

                 Figure 1. Growth in Student Enrollment in OSU’s

              Environmental Sciences Baccalaureate Degree Program

8.   Estimated enrollment and number of graduates over the next five years at each
     location? Will any enrollment limitation be imposed at the new location(s); if so,
     how will those to be enrolled be selected?

     Enrollment estimates were made based upon our history with the Liberal Studies
     degree program. Our partnership with Central Oregon Community College has
     resulted in over 70 graduates, most during the past five years. The Environmental
     Sciences program is expected to result in similar enrollments in Bend and at
     Eastern Oregon University. The programs at Mt. Hood Community College,
     Southwestern Oregon Community College, and the Warm Springs Indian
     Reservation are likely to be smaller. Enrollment in the Environmental Sciences
     program is expected to reach approximately 70 FTE students within the next five
     years. There will be no anticipated enrollment limitations placed on the program.

9.    List any similar programs offered at the proposed or nearby location(s).

      Few baccalaureate degrees are offered on a statewide basis for students that are
      place- and time- bound. While baccalaureate degrees in Liberal Studies are
      available at many sites, there is a clear need for science-based curricula in the


10.   List the names and qualifications of faculty (regular and adjunct) who will be
      involved in delivering the program to the proposed location(s). Indicate if new
      faculty will be needed to initiate the program in new location(s) and what
      commitment the institution is making to meet these needs.

      No new faculty will be needed to deliver the program to the proposed locations.
      Courses will be taught by existing faculty by incorporating technologies and using
      non-traditional course scheduling for face-to-face classes (such as weekend or
      week-long courses).

11.   Estimate the number and type of support staff needed to provide the program at
      the new location(s).

      Currently, support for each of the OSU Statewide sites is provided centrally. The
      OSU Statewide initiative will result in an increase in staff within the Office of
      Continuing Higher Education (an advisor and a clerical assistant). Each of these
      staff members will devote about 15% of their time to the Environmental Sciences

      Facilities, Equipment, Library, Student Services

12.   Describe any special facilities in terms of buildings, laboratories, and equipment
      necessary to offer the program at each of the proposed location(s).

      No new facilities are required.

13.   Indicate how library needs will be met at the proposed new location(s).

      Students enrolled in programs at a distance from OSU have access to OSU library
      services including access to the OSU online catalog and research databases,
      reference assistance, and document delivery of journal articles. Access to the
      library's online catalog and research databases to which the library subscribes is
      available via the internet to all OSU students. Students may contact the Distance
      Education Librarian and/or subject specialist reference librarians via telephone or
      e-mail for consultations. First-class mail, fax, or electronic delivery via the
      internet are used to expedite delivery of these items. Books and other items
      owned by OSU libraries are delivered to the students via first-class or priority
      mail. Interlibrary loan transactions are facilitated by OSU's inter-library loan
      office; including the expedient delivery of journal article copies, books, or
      thesis/dissertations borrowed from other institutions.

      OSU librarians will collaborate with the librarians at partnering institutions
      regarding collection development in support of the program. Library services for
      distance learners at OSU are described in detail on the World Wide Web at this

14.   Indicate how students at the new location(s) will receive student services such as
      academic advising, financial aid assistance, registration for courses, access to
      book/text purchases.

      Student services will be provided by the staff of the Office of Continuing Higher
      Education (much of the academic advising, registration assistance, etc.). Students
      in the statewide degree programs will receive many of their services from existing
      OSU Student Services units. Services such as examination proctoring, liaison with
      instructors for distribution of course materials, and liaison with the OSU Distance
      Education Librarian will be conducted by staff members within the Office of
      Continuing Higher Education. Students will register through OSU’s telephone
      registration process. In addition, students will have access to advising and other
      OSU services through the WWW and by use of 800-telephone numbers to connect
      with on-campus services as needed.


15.   Describe the schedule for delivery of the program; include term(s) and years,
      day(s) of week, time(s) of day, total number of hours of Ed-Net instruction for the
      entire program. Indicate preferred times for scheduling all classes.

      It is expected that instruction via Ed-Net will be only one of several technologies
      and modes used to deliver course work to (or from) the off-campus site.
      Asynchronous and face-to-face methods will be employed, as appropriate.
      Courses will be delivered using mixtures of on-site instruction, Ed-Net, ITFS,
      video workbooks, and Web courses. Most courses will include multiple delivery
      methods. Face-to-face, Ed-Net, or ITFS instruction usually will be conducted in
      the late afternoon, evening, or weekend.

16.   Are copyrighted materials to be used in the program being cleared for use?


17.   Indicate the type/amount of training instructors have or will receive regarding
      use of Ed-Net.

      Two sets of workshops will be provided for faculty and course work development.
      The first focuses on selection of appropriate media and modes for course delivery
      based on class content and learning objectives. A second set of workshops focuses
      on specific aspects of coursework development using the media, mode, or
      combination selected.

18.   What Networks are proposed for use (Network I, II, III)?

      Ed-Net is only one of several technologies to be used in delivering the proposed
      program to the proposed sites. In addition to Ed-Net II, it is expected that
      PictureTel or similar compressed video systems and ITFS will come on-line this
      academic year. Other methods of delivery include Web and CD-based courses.
      Also, the use of “audioconferencing” through the OSU audio bridge in

       conjunction with video tape (video workbooks) delivery of courses is likely to be
       used as a delivery source.

19.    What special technical requirements for course delivery will be needed (e.g.,
       computer accessibility, videotapes, slides)?

       Facilities at Central Oregon Community College, Southwestern Oregon
       Community College, Mt. Hood Community College, Warm Springs Indian
       Reservation, and Eastern Oregon University are adequate for program delivery.

20.    Indicate if site coordination has occurred and list name(s) of on-site facilitator(s).

       Coordination with presidents, vice presidents, deans, and department heads at
       each of the proposed sites has occurred. Facilitators for each of the sites is listed

Site                                            On-Site Facilitator/Technical Support

Central Oregon Community College                James Obert

Southwestern Oregon Community College           Terry Weaver

Mt. Hood Community College                      Jackie McCrady

Warm Springs Indian Reservation                 James Obert

Eastern Oregon University                       Linda Schreiner

       Budgetary Impact

21.    Indicate the estimated cost of the program for the first four years of its operation,
       following the format found on the last page of this document. If federal or other
       grant funds are required to launch the program (see Items II-C and II-D), what
       does the institution propose to do with the program upon termination of the
       grant? Will the allocation of going-level budget funds in support of the program

       have an adverse impact on the program? If so, in what ways? If the program will
       be financed from existing resources, specifically state:

      What the budgetary unit will be doing as a result of the new program that is not
       now done, in terms of additional activities, and

      What these new activities will cost and whether financed or staffed by shifting of
       assignments, within the budgetary unit or reallocation of resources within the
       institution. State which resources will be moved and how this will affect those
       programs losing resources.

    The program is being developed without Federal or other grant funds. However, we
       are continuing to solicit funds to accelerate course development for distance
       delivery. Proposals are currently being considered by the U.S. Department of
       Education, GTE, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

       The interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences curriculum requires delivery of a
       minimum of fourteen courses over a two year period (Appendix A). The budget
       was prepared assuming delivery of twenty courses over two years. Course
       development and delivery is distributed among many units to allow the statewide
       program to be taught in-load with central support for faculty and coursework
       development. No new classes are required. Off-campus students will be
       incorporated in on-campus classes or asynchronous material will be developed
       (funded by central resources) to allow additional off-campus sections to be taught.

Budget Notes:

This budget is built upon the assumption that course development will be centrally
funded. Course delivery will be the responsibility of academic units and will be
reflected in their FTE and budgets.

The budget was constructed for the development of 3 existing courses for distance
delivery in each of years 1, 2, and 3 and 1.5 courses in the 4th year.

The budget assumes delivery costs for 1 interactive TV or ITFS course in year 1
with 2 courses per year in years 2, 3, and 4.

Costs for course development were taken from the “Distance Education Program
Business Plan” by Jon Root (1997). It assumes that courses are taught by faculty
within the Colleges of Science, Liberal Arts, Agricultural Sciences, Forestry, and
Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. Average salaries were used.

The development and technology delivery costs of a televised course was assumed
as $14,903/course. The cost for development and delivery of asynchronous
courses (video-workbook and web) was assumed to average $22,017/course. (It
was assumed that the number of video-workbooks would be twice the number of
full web courses.)

The course development and delivery costs were increased at 5% per year to
represent inflation.

                                           Appendix A

       Catalog descriptions of the program are included for reference. Also included is a
       table describing the course needs for program development. A indicates that the
       course is currently available. It may be taught by a community college or by OSU.
       A  indicates that a course from the list must be available to distance learners. For
       the breadth requirements, the courses shown in bold are restricted electives within
       both the Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources1 degree programs, and
       thus serve more students.

       A group of faculty within the College of Science are working together to
       recommend the best group of courses for development and distance delivery. This
       will include a WIC course, an observational experience, and specialization. If a
       new specialization for the Environmental Sciences program is developed for
       distance delivery, the specialization will come to the Curriculum Council for

 The Natural Resources (B.S.) degree program is being separately proposed for statewide