Georgia APR 28 zota . .~ Perimeter ~College • RECEIVED Memorandum MAY 042010 Virginia Michelich Vice President for Academic Affairs M.M/DDLETON To: Dr. Susan Herbst Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Re: Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Southwestern State University Online Business Degree Date: April 26, 2010 Dr. Herbst, Enclosed are the documents needed for review of the proposed online business degree collaboration for Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Southwestern State University. We look forward to the University System Academic Staff response. J1E:A SouthWestern Office of the President 229.928.1360 OFFICE 229.931.2073 FAX STATE UNIVERSITY 800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive Americus, Georgia 31709-4376 April 16, 2010 Dr. Susan Herbst Senior Vice Chancellor Board of Regents University System of Georgia 270 Washington Street, SW Atlanta, GA 30334 Dear Dr. Herbst: I am writing to document my strong support for the newly developed joint, three-year degree program that our two business departments have developed. This program will allow students at Georgia Perimeter College to begin working on a BBA degree in accounting or in management while still enrolled at GPC and completing their associate degrees. I think the program is not only timely but also important to the partnership between institutions. Thank you for your support as we work with Georgia Perimeter College to implement this initiative. Kendall Blanchard President MEMORANDUM OF / UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN GEORGIA PERIMETER COLLEGE AND GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Southwestern State University, both sister institutions within the University System of Georgia, enter into this agreement to provide students the capability to earn the Bachelor of Business Administration degree in three years in the areas of Management and Accounting by building upon the Associate of Science degree in Business Administration earned at Georgia Perimeter College and following the plan outlined below: THREE-YEAR BBA DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING PLAN ENGL 1101 - En ·lish Com AREA A MATH Course AREA6tGeneralC0urse AREA 0 Grou I Course BI8M 2601 Business Information 3 GPC 16 An AACSB International Accredited School Page 1 TERM 3 FIRST SUMMER TERM ECON 2106 Princi les of Microeconomics ACCT 2101 Princi les of Accountin I PHED Course - Personal and Community Healtl:l or Fir Safet and CPR . PH ED 1101 Choices for Life Total TERM4 FALLSNIESTEROF2f1d VEAR AREA C Literature Re uirement AREA o Grou II Course HIST 2111 or 2112 US Histo lor II ACCT2102 Princi lesof Accountin II BUSA 2105 Business Communication Total TERM 5 SPRING SEMESTER OF 2f1d YEAR AREA CArts/Humanities Re. uirement HIST 1111/1112 World Civilization lor II AREA E Course - ANTH 1102, GEOG1.1 01, PSYC1 SOCI1101 .. BUSA 2106 Leg Environment of Business in lieu of GSW I BUSA 3106 BUSA3050 - Business Statistics Total TERM 6 SUMMER TERM of 2"d Year MGNT 3060 - Quantitative Mana ement BUSA 3150 - Business Finance MGNi" 3600 - Princi les of Mana ement MKTG 3800 - Princi les of Marketin o en Elective TOTAL TERM 7 FALL SEMESTER of ~~·YEAR ACCT 3250 - Intermediate Accountin I .Ae'.e'ff 3280 - Cost Accountin ACCT 4230 - Income Tax Accountin ACCT 4210- Accol.lntin S stems '!Ii An AACSB International Accredited School Page 2 Oen J=lective Total TERM 8 SPRING SEMESTER of J"d YEAR ACCT 3260 Intermediate Accountir:'l II ACCT 3270 Intermediate Accountin III MGNT 3650 Intro to International Business ACCT Elective o en elective Total Open Electives (any 1000 level or higher course used to complete 120 semester hours of courses in addition to physical education requirements). 2) Minimum grade of "C" is required in Area A, Area F, Business Core, and Major courses. 3) Other Requirements: To receive the BBA degree from Georgia Southwestern State University, students must complete at least 50% of their business courses through online program at Georgia Southwestern State University. In addition, 27 of the last 40 semester credit hours must be earned through Georgia Southwestern State University. Students must satisfy all Georgia Southwestern State University requirements for graduation. GPC: Georgia Perimeter College GSW: Georgia Southwestern State University THREE-YEAR BBA DEGREE IN MANAGEMENT PLAN ENGL1101 -En lish Com AREA A MATH Course AREA B'General Course AREA D Grou I Course B,ISM2601Business Information Sstems An AACSB International Accredited School Page 3 TERM 5 SPRING SEMESTER OF ~d YEAR AREAC Arts/Humanities Re uirement HIST 1111/1112 World Civilization lor II AREA E Course - ANTH 1102, GEOG 1101, PSyC11 0 or SOCI1101 . BUSA 21 06 Environment of Business in lieu of GSW BUSA 3106 Le al Environment of Business BUSA3050 - Business Statistics Total 15 An AAeSB International Accredited School Page 4 TERM 6 SUMMER TERM of Z'd YEAR MGNT 3060 - Quahtitative Mana ement BUSA 3150 - Business Finance MGNT36.Q0 "' Princi les of Mana ement MKTG 3800 - Princi les of Marketin o en Elective TOTAL Open Electives (any 1000 level or higher course used to complete 120 semester hours of courses in addition to physical education requirements). 2) Minimum grade of "C" is required in Area A, Area F, Business Core, and Major courses. 3) Other Requirements: To receive the BBA degree from Georgia Southwestern State University, students must complete at least 50% of their business courses through online program at Georgia Southwestern State University. In addition, 27 of the last 40 semester credit hours must be earned through Georgia Southwestern State University. Students must satisfy all Georgia Southwestern State University requirements for graduation. An AACSB International Accredited School Page 5 ADMISSIONS Students must satisfy the admission requirements of Georgia Southwestern State University to enter this joint degree program. Any student who might experience a transfer problem in this program will communicate with the advisor at Georgia Perimeter College and the external degree program director at Georgia Southwestern State University to resolve the problem. TRANSFERING OF COURSES AND PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS The usual evaluation of credits for transfer would not be necessary, but the receipt of the AS degree in Business Administration must be indicated on the transcript. Students who fall below the C average overall probably would not be eligible for the AS degree with GPC. A GPA of2.O is necessary for transfer to GSW. This program is not in a cohort format, but students must start either in the fall or spring semester in order to follow the outline plan. Students who fail to meet the outline plan and grade requirements will not be able to complete the program within the specified time frame. ADVISEMENT Georgia Perimeter College will assign an advisor to students enrolled in this program. The School of Business Administration External Degree Program Director will work with the GPC advisor in coordinating advisement, registration, and graduation requirements. The designated advisors will work together throughout the program, as early as the student's acceptance into the GPC-GSW collaborative program. OFFICE SPACE Since the advisors of this program are on the faculty of their respective institutions, additional office space is not necessary. LIBRARY The Georgia Southwestern State University students will have access to the holdings of the Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Southwestern State University libraries. RECRUITMENT Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Southwestern State University will jointly recruit for the 1.5 + 1.5 program in Business. Georgia Perimeter College will develop a brochure outlining the program to be distributed to existing and potential students. In addition, career counselors and faculty advisors will promote the program. PROGRAM REVIEW Since students will be required to follow the program plan in place in order to complete within 3 years, student success will be assessed every Spring Semester. The external degree program advisor at Georgia Southwestern and the advisor at Georgia Perimeter College will be responsible for assessing student success throughout this An AACSB International Accredited School Page 6 program. After the first three years, the program will be reviewed on an annual basis, using the assessment data accumulated. Student learning outcomes will be assessed by the School of Business Assurance of Learning Committee on a regular basis similar to any other business program. "rEXTBOOKS The Director of the External Program in the School of Business Administration at Georgia Southwestern State University will be responsible for providing information about textbooks for upper division courses offered by Georgia Southwestern, and the GPC advisor will be responsible for providing textbook information to students in the lower division courses offered by GPC. Students may order textbooks online through the respective bookstores. TUITION AND FEES Students will pay GPC tuition and fees for all courses taken through GPC for the first 5 terms, and pay GSW tuition and fees for term 6 through the completion of the program. During the fifth semester, the student will take four courses at GPC and one at GSW and will pay tuition accordingly. Until the student earns the associate degree, GPC will be the home institution. Once the degree is earned, the student will transfer, and GSW will become the home institution. FTE course credits will be awarded to the provider of the course. TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT Terms of this agreement will be effective Fall Semester 2010 subject to approval by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Either party may terminate this agreement upon giving written notice to the other party. Such notice must be given one academic year in advance of the termination. In the event of termination, the responsibilities and obligations of the parties will include notifying all students who are enrolled in this program. This agreement is herein entered into effective with the signatures and signature dates affixed on this document by the presidents of Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Southwestern State University. ~ut;i;::;:/tate University Dr. Anthony Dr. Kendall Blanchard President President Georgia Perimeter College Georgia Southwestern State University _If-2.fg -- 2-010 Date Date 1L/~/"U;'Q An AACSB International Accredited School Page 7 BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA EXTERNAL DEGREE PROPOSAL FORM If an institution seeks to offer a program externally, the form below must be used for submission of a program offered outside of the home campus including external face-to-face, online, videotape and DVD, or a combination of technologies thereof. PROCEDURES The Board of Regents encourages the use of distance education to help meet the instructional needs of the citizens of the State. The guidelines and questions below are not considered to be exhaustive, but rather, are listed to provide an idea of the breadth and depth of information sought in order to judge the merits of the proposal. Date of Submission: .:.:3/=2=6:..:/2=0~1=0 _ Institution: Georgia Southwestern State University College/School/Division: School of Business Administration Department .;..:N::..A:..- _ Degree (please indicate whether this is a stand-alone degree): BBA degree - Online Major: Management. Accounting CIP Code: =52=0=2=05:- _ Proposed Start Date: .:. .F=al:.:. .;12=0><-.1:..=0'- _ Proposed End Date (for example if this is only for a specific cohort for a limited period of time: The President shall forward to the University System Chief Academic Officer & Executive Vice Chancellor and the Office of Academic Programs, information that addresses the following issues: "Creating A More Educated Georgia" www.usg.edu 1. Description of the Delivery System What is the primary delivery mode for this program (e.g., internet, videotape, satellite, GSAMS, telecourse, remote site location, etc.)? Will instruction be delivered in a synchronous or asynchronous format? What type of interaction is involved (e.g., point-to-point, two-way video with two-way audio, etc.)? Will the program have variable locations or be offered at a specific site other than the campus? Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is proposing a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree Program to be delivered online to Georgia Perimeter College students. This proposal is for Georgia Southwestern State University School of Business Administration to offer an additional track that may be completed in three years to students who are currently enrolled at GPC. By incorporating the technology, barriers for working individuals enrolled at GPC will be removed and they will be able to complete their BBA degree program. Students who follow the plan as outlined and successfully complete 120 semester hours will be able to earn the BBA degree in three years. 2. Assessment of Societal Need and Demand for Distance Education Delivery Based on quantitative and qualitative evidence, describe the institution's assessment of societal need and demand for this type of delivery method. Please describe the geographical area to be served through delivery of this program (e.g., another city in Georgia, contiguous states, or other areas). The offering the external BBA degree programs by Georgia Southwestern State University will enhance the University System of Georgia's ability to serve residents of Georgia who are not able to attend the traditional campus programs. Georgia Southwestern State University has been offering the external BBA degree program in Management and Accounting to students earning their associate degrees in business from ABAC, Bainbridge, East Georgia College, Middle Georgia College, South Georgia College, and Waycross College. This program has been approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and proved to be one of the most successful program offered by Georgia Southwestern State University. Enrollment increased from less than 40 students in 2003 to more 216 students in Spring Semester 2010. The following table shows the current enrollment in the external degree program offered by GSW: Enrollment in the External BBA degree program Campus 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009 20010 ABAC 38 45 70 Bainbridge College 36 42 55 East Georgia College NA 10 15 Middle Georgia College 28 33 33 South Georgia College NA 7 20 Waycross College 22 23 23 I Total 124 160 216 The offering of the BBA degree program to Georgia Perimeter College students is an extension of the external degree program already being offered to students from ABAC, Bainbridge College, East Georgia College, Middle Georgia College, South Georgia College, and Waycross College. There are more than 6000 business students enrolled at Georgia Perimeter College. We expect the number enrolled in the external degree program to explode to more than 300 students by the end of 2011, the 'first year of operation of the BBA degree program at GPC. Since the BBA degree program is already accredited by MCSS International, we believe that we will be attracting more students who otherwise attend private non-accredited business programs. Offering the external degree program to GPC students will enhance the ability of the University System of Georgia to offer business programs to its residents at a very economical rate. Therefore, the program is expected to grow by at least 10- 15 percent per year for the next five years. The Sloan-C report on online learning projects an annual rate of growth of 12% annually for the coming years. In fact, the growth in online learning exceeds the rate of growth of higher education in general (http://www.sloanconsortium.org/sites/defaultlfiles/staying the course-2.pdf) .. The Sioan-C report, Staying the Course, indicates that most public institutions see online delivery as not just desirable, but as a strategic imperative. The primary geographic areas to be served are those associated with current GPC locations. However, with online delivery, any Georgian who lives beyond driving distance to a USG campus, or whose life circumstances prevent attendance at a campus, can earn the degree through this program. In addition, the program can serve those whose local campuses do not offer the accounting and management degrees. Online degrees traditionally serve students who cannot travel regularly to campus due to distance, scheduling conflicts (e.g. shift workers), family and work obligations or disability. Also confirmed in the Sioan-C report, is the belief by colleges that economic downturns are associated with increased enrollment of non-traditional learners, as the unemployed and under employed return to school (p. 9). Additionally, the difficult economic situation may force traditional aged students to work increased hours to support themselves and their families. Both groups, adult learners and working students, create demand for online courses and programs that allow them to progress as rapidly as possible in their academic degree while meeting the obligations of family and work. This program will serve not only first time college students, but also those Georgians who have "some college" and are returning to school. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a "much faster than average" growth in employment for accountants and auditors. The bureau's Occupation Handbook projects a 22 percent growth in jobs for accountants and auditors for the period 2008-2018. (Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor. Retrieved, 3/24/2010from: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos001.htm.) Furthermore, the Georgia Department of Labor projects a 15.9 percent growth in jobs for accountants and auditors between 2006 and 2016. Consequently, demand for degrees such as the proposed BBA in accounting can be expected to rise. (Source: Georgia Labor Market Explorer, Occupational Outlook. Retrieved on 3/24/2010, from http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/occupation.htm.) There exists a wide range of occupations for people with BBA degrees in management. Graduates normally go through training in the area for which they secure employment. The Georgia Department of Labor projects an increase in employment for many of these occupations for the period 2006-2016. Examples: Business Operations Specialists: 17.5 %; Financial analysts (23.9 %; Construction managers: 18.6 %; Cost estimators: 21.2 %. This points to a need for an increase in demand for degrees in management. (Source: Georgia Labor Market Explorer, Occupational Outlook. Retrieved on 3/24/2010 from http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/occupation.htm.) Despite the documented demand for management and accounting education, there are no similar online programs within the University System of Georgia. Currently, fourteen USG institutions offer the BBA in Management and sixteen offer the BBA in Accounting. Georgia Southwestern University (GSW) avails all of the area F courses online for both Management and Accounting. Kennesaw State University (KSU) offers the Management BBA degree online. Seven two-year colleges offer an Associate of Applied Science in business with a major in accounting, but only Dalton College offers an online Associate of Applied Science in Accounting. Projections Currently, GPCs growth for students enrolled in accounting is about 5.5% a term. Fall 2009: 293 Spring 2010: 309 With the anticipated attraction of the fully online degree program through the Bachelor's level, we anticipate growth of 12% a term making our fall 2010 enrollment projection for accounting courses 346. We anticipate this level of growth through spring 2012. We anticipate similar growth in other business areas that will lead to the BBA in Management. 3. Readiness of the Institution to Offer the Program a. Institutional Mission and Relevance to Other Programmatic Offerings--Describe how distance education is consistent with the institution's mission and programmatic role with respect to academic programming. Describe how the program does not duplicate existing offerings in the University System or if it is duplicative, explain why the program is warranted. What is the program's niche? Georgia Southwestern State University cultivates excellence in learning and teaching that encourages intellectual, personal, and social growth for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The University Mission statement was approved by the general faculty in December 2009. The mission of the School of Business Administration at Georgia Southwestern State University is to offer its diverse student population a personalized and challenging experience in preparation for successful business careers, in being productive citizens, in obtaining a satisfying quality of life, and in fulfilling personal potential. The School of Business Administration faculty members demonstrate competency and dedication to teaching, strengthened by applied scholarly activity and community service in developing competent business graduates. The offering of the external BBA degree to students of Georgia Perimeter College will meet a demand that is not currently being met in Georgia. The extension of the current external degree program to serve students at GPC reflects priority areas of the GSW strategic plan: academic programs of distinction and meeting the needs of students. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by presidents of Georgia Southwestern State University and Georgia Perimeter College indicate the commitment and readiness of the two institutions to offer the BBA degree program along with other undergraduate degree programs. GPC is committed to serving students through distance learning. Currently (Spring 2010) we serve 8100 students in online courses, including 3100 that are fully online. Our online programs feed four year colleges throughout the USG system, just as our campus-based programs do. GPC represents one of the few opportunities for Georgians to earn academic, liberal arts associate degrees through online study. b. Faculty Inventory with Delivery Expertise - Describe the programs available to ensure appropriate training for faculty who teach distance technology delivered programs. Please provide an inventory of available faculty with the expertise to deliver instruction in an alternative format. The School of Business Administration full-time faculty members have the expertise to deliver the proposed online track to Georgia Perimeter College students. All have completed GeorgiaView training and all currently utilize GeorgiaView to deliver courses to students at ABAC, Bainbridge College, East Georgia College, Middle Georgia College, South Georgia College, and Waycross. The Office of Information and Instructional Technology at GSW provides faculty training and support to teach distance technology delivered programs. A series of GeorgiaView training sessions have been and continue to be offered each semester to faculty who are involved in this method of instruction. The following table shows the inventory of faculty teaching in the BBA degree program at Georgia Southwestern. This program, along with the MBA program at GSW, is MCSB International accredited, and all faculty teaching in the program are either academically qualified or professionally qualified. MAGG, 1982 YES UG PhD,2009 YES UG/GR PhD,1996 YES UG/GR MBA,1999 YES UG MAGG, Robinson, Susan 1982 Au -09 YES UG TOTAL ACCOUNTING ECONOMICS Szmedra, Phili YES UG/GR Webb, Lewis Yes UG TOTAL ECONOMICS Kooti, John PhD, 1980 Jul ,1998 YES UG/GR,ADM Valentine, Randall PhD,2006 Au ust, 2005 YES UG/GR TOTAL FINANCE Highest Date of First Earned Acad Prof. Normal Name Appointment Other Degree & Qualified Qualified Professional to School Year Responsibilities MANGEMENT/HR - - -- - - - • Cheokas, Ga nor MBA,1994 UG • • Fathi, Michael Grimes, Mark Heshizer, Brian Kni ht, Cra; Ph.D,1986 DBA,2004 PhD,1978 PhD,2003 YES YES YES • YES UG UG ~ UG/GR ~ UG/GR Murie, Shaun NeSmith, Bill Pe , Shannon Stone, Eric MBA,2004 JD,1997 MBA,1993 MBA,2002 • YES YES YES YES UG UG UG UG ---- ~ • Wernick MHHA,76 YES UG/GR • Wilson, Liz PhD,1985 YES UG Xu, Fen PhD,2008 YES TOTAL MANAGEMENT/HR MARKETING Maldonado, Cecilia PhD, 2007 Au ust,2007 YES UG/GR Stovall, John PhD, 2004 Au ust,2005 YES UG Valentine, Dawn PhD,1998 Au ust, 2005 YES UG/GR TOTAL MARKETING The academic deans of GPC oversee online as well as on campus-based courses within their divisions. There are a number of full-time, tenure and tenure-track faculty who teach exclusively online and have developed expertise over several years. These faculty members are part of the disciplinary faculty and share curricular responsibilities and other service to the college and the community, thus ensuring consistency between online and on campus offerings. The college also has a number of "split" faculty who teach on campus and online courses each term. The online director of instructor support, and three staff members, provides systematic training and support for faculty teaching online. The Executive Director of GPC Online works with the academic deans to ensure academic quality. INVENTORY OF AVAILABLE GPC FACULTY 1. Teresa B. Adams (1991), Associate Professor of Business Information Systems, B.S., Bowling Green State University; M.B.A, Mercer University 2. Jim M. Cox (1980), Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science, B.B.A, University of Georgia; M.Ed., Georgia State University; additional graduate study, Georgia State University. 3. Mundia James Kahiga (1990), Professor of Economics, B.A, Jersey City State College; M.A, Rutgers University; Ph.D., University of Georgia. 4. Bettie LaDuke (2006) Instructor of Economics, B.S.B.A, University of Tulsa, M.S., Iowa State University 5. Mary Carole Hollingsworth (2000), Assistant Professor of Business Information Systems, AS., DeKalb College; B.B. A.,M.B.A., Kennesaw State University; additional graduate study, Kennesaw State University and University of Georgia. 6. Debra M.Moon (1990), Associate Professor of Legal Environment of Business; B.A, J.D., University of Tennessee. 7. Linda S.Mullins (2004), Assistant Professor of Accounting, B.S., Purdue University; M.B.A, Indiana University. 8. Joe S. Patterson (1982), Associate Professor of Accounting, B.S., Mississippi State University; M.B.A,Emory University. c. Facilities The formats of the course delivery will not be new or different for either one of the two institutions. Georgia Southwestern State University is already offering the BBA degree programs in Accounting and Management via the internet. The Infrastructure is currently in place to deliver the program in both institutions. Georgia Perimeter College will be delivering the Associate of Science in Business Administration and Georgia Southwestern will be delivering the upper division courses necessary to complete the BBA degree in Accounting and Management online. There will be no need for modification of existing facilities. d. Instructional Support Remote access to library resources services is available to students on the campuses of Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Southwestern State University. These resources include online reference services, interlibrary loans and registration. Both faculty and students have access to technological support at GSW's Office of Information and Instructional Technology and Georgia Perimeter College. e. Student Services Students will be served by an onsite advisor at Georgia Perimeter College and the Director of the external degree program at Georgia Southwestern State University. In addition, online services are available to all students. f. Cooperation Links with the Community This proposal will contribute to improving the number four-year degree graduates in the State of Georgia, a need that is clearly supported in order to meet the society's demand for more baccalaureate prepared graduates. The School of Business Advisory Council consisting of representatives from business and communities in Georgia provides ongoing collaboration with the GSW School of Business to improve the workforce in the State of Georgia. g. Accreditation and Legal Issues The School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB - International, the most prestigious business accrediting body for business administration programs). 4. Recruitment and Admission of Students - What are the prerequisite technology competencies, skills and equipment requirements? What are the residency requirements associated with this program, if any? Please describe your affirmative action impact analysis with the alternative delivery of this program? Please describe the institutional guidelines for in-state versus out-of-state students. The technology skills and equipment requirements are modest. Online students need basic computer skills including the ability to use a word processor and a web browser. The technology requirements are published on the Georgia On My Line web site and are generally met by computers purchased within the last four years, as well as those found in libraries. Students have access to the college's technology service desk as well as a number of tutorials and other supports on how to use the technology. 8. Prerequisite Technology Competencies, Skills, and Equipment: All students enrolled in these programs, must demonstrate basic computer information technology skills by successfully completing the Microcomputer Applications in Business or equivalent prior to earning their associate degree in Business Administration at Georgia Perimeter College. b. Residency Requirements: Distance learning students completing the BBA degree program must satisfy the same residency requirements that are required of other students as outlined in the most current publication of GSW Bulletin. c. Affirmative Action Impact Analysis: This proposal does not have any impact on affirmative action at GSW or GPC. d. Institutional Guidelines for in-state versus out-of state students: Students in the online External Degree Program will be classified as legal residents of Georgia according to the same policies set forth in the 2009-2010 GSW Bulletin. 5. Curriculum -- What are the academic standards for this program? Please explain how the program provides the appropriate rigor and breadth for the degree awarded. Are all of the courses in the program appropriate for distance delivery? Is a laboratory experience part of the curriculum? Are lab kits or videotaped experiments required? Please describe available alternatives. What is the time to degree length for the program? The Dean of the School of Business Adminil?tration, along with the Director of the external degree program, assumes responsibility for program maintenance and quality. National standards for program quality are addressed through the accreditation process. The academic standard applied to the external degree program to GPC students will be the same as other BBA degree program offered by the School of Business Administration. The following shows the plan for completing the BBA degree program in Accounting and Management offered to GPC students. THREE-YEAR BBA DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING PLAN Credit TERM 1 (FALL SEMESTER of 1st YEAR) Hours Institution ENGL1101 - English Composition I 3 GPC AREA A MATH Course 3 GPC AREA B General Course 30r4 GPC AREA D Group I Course 3 GPC BISM 2601 Business Information Systems 3 GPC Total 15 or 16 TERM 2 (SPRING SEMESTER of 1st YEAR) ENGL 1102 - English Composition II 3 GPC COMM 1201 Public Speaking 3 GPC AREA D Group \I Course 4 GPC POLS 1101 American Government 3 GPC ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 GPC Total 16 Credit TERM 3 (FIRST SUMMER TERM) Hours Institution ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics 3 GPC ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I 3 . GPC PHED Course - Personal and Community Health or First Aid, Safety and CPR : 3 GPC PHED 1101 Choices for Life 1 Total 10 TERM 4 (FALL SMESTER OF~d YEAR) AREA C Literature Requirement 3 GPC AREA D Group II Course 4 GPC HIST 2111 or 2112 US History I or II 3 GPC ACCT 2102 Principles of Accountingll. 3 GPC BUSA 2105 Business Communication 3 GPC Total 16 TERM 5 (SPRING SEMESTER OF ~d YEAR) AREA C Arts/Humanities.ReQuir~mer1t . 3 GPC HIST 1111/1112 World Civilization lor II 3 GPC AREA E Course - ANTH 1102,GEOG1101, PSYC 1101, or . SOCI1101 3 GPC BUSA 2106 Leg Environment of Business in lieu of GSW BUSA3106 3 GPC BUSA 3050 - Business Statistics 3 GSW Total 15 TERM 6 (SUMMER TERM of ~d Year) MGNT 3060 - Quantitative Management 3 GSW BUSA 3150 - Business Finance 3 GSW MGNT 3600 - Principles of Management 3 GSW .: MKTG 3800 - Principles of Marketing 3 GSW Open Elective 3 GSW TOTAL 15 TERM 7 (FALL SEMESTER of:(d YEAR) . .. ACCT 3250 - Intermediate Accounting I 3 GSW ACCT 3280 - Cost Accounting 3 GSW ACCT 4230 - Income Tax Accounting 3 GSW ACCT 4210 - Accounting Systems 3 GSW Open Elective 3 GSW Total 15 .. Credit TERM 8 (SPRING SEMESTER of~"d YEAR) Hours Institution ACCT 3260 Intermediate Accounting II 3 GSW ACCT 3270 Intermediate Accounting III 3 GSW MGNT 3650 Intro to InternationalBusioess 3 GSW ACCT Elective 3 GSW Open elective 3 GSW Total 15 FINAL TERM (SUMMER TERM of~"d YEAR) MGNT 4190 Strategic Management . 3 GSW ACCT 4290 Internal Auditing 3 GSW Open elective 3 GSW Total 9 TOTAL 125 Note: 1) Open Electives (any 1000 level or higher course used to complete 120 semester hours of courses in addition to physical education requirements). 2) Minimum grade of "C" is required in Area A, Area F, Business Core, and Major courses. 3) Other Requirements: To receive the BBA degree from Georgia Southwestern State University, students must complete at least 50% of their business courses through online program at Georgia Southwestern State University. In addition, 27 of the last 40 semester credit hours must be earned through Georgia Southwestern State University. Students must satisfy all Georgia Southwestern State University requirements for graduation. GPC: Georgia Perimeter College GSW: Georgia Southwestern State University THREE-YEAR BBA DEGREE IN MANAGEMENT PLAN Credit TERM 1 (FALL SEMESTER of 1st YEAR) Hours Institution ENGL 1101- English Composition I 3 GPC AREA A MATH Course 3 GPC AREA B General Course 30r4 GPC AREA D Group I Course 3 GPC BISM 2601 Business Information Systems 3 GPC Total 15 or 16 Credit TERM 2 (SPRING SEMESTER OF 1st YEAR) Hours Institution ENGL 1102 - English Composition II 3 GPC COMM 1201 Public Speaking 3 GPC AREA D Group II Course 4 GPC POLS 1101 Arnerican Government 3 GPC ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 GPC Total 16 TERM 3 (SUMMER TERM of 1st YEAR) ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics 3 GPC ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I 3 GPC PHED Course - Personal Community Health or First Aid, Safety and CPR 3 GPC PHED 1101 Choices for Life 1 GPC Total 10 TERM 4 (FALL SEMESTER OF 2'd YEAR) AREA C Literature Requirement 3 GPC AREA D Group \1\ Course 3 GPC HIST 2111 or 2112 US History I or \I 3 GPC ACCT 2102 Principles of Accountino II 3 GPC BUSA 2105 Business Communication 3 GPCorGSW Total 15 TERM 5 (SPRING SEMESTER OF 2'd YEAR) AREA C Arts/Humanities Requirement 3 GPC HIST 1111/1112 World Civilization I or \I 3 GPC AREAE Course-ANTH 1102,GEOG 1101, PSYC1101, or SOCI1101 ... 3 GPC BUSA 2106 Environment of Business in lieu of GSW BUSA 3106 Leoal Environment of Business 3 GPCorGSW BUSA 3050 - Business Statistics 3 GSW Total 15 Credit TERM 6 (SUMMER TERM of Z'd YEAR) Hours Institution MGNT 3060 - Quantitative Management 3 GSW BUSA 3150 - Business Finance 3 GSW MGNT 3600 - Principles of Management 3 GSW MKTG 3800 - Principles of Marketing 3 GSW Open Elective 3 GSW TOTAL. 15 TERM 7 (FALL SEMESTER OF yd YEAR) MGNT 3670 - Intro to HR Management 3 GSW MGNT 4260 - Entrepreneurship. 3 GSW MGNT 4660 - Business Forecasting 3 GSW MGNT 4690- Labor Management Relations 3 GSW Open Elective 3 . GSW Total 12 TERM 8 (SPRING SEMESTER OF yd YEAR) MGNT 3610 Operations Management 3 GSW MGNT 3700 IS for MGNT 3 GSW MKTG 4890 Marketing Management 3 GSW MGNT 3650 Intro to International Business 3 GSW Approved Business Course 3 GSW Total 15 FINAL TERM (SUMMER TERM OF yd YEAR) MGNT 4190 Strategic Management 3 GSW Approved Business Course 3 GSW Open elective 3 GSW Total 9 TOTAL 125 Note: 1) Open Electives (any 1000 level or higher course used to complete 120 semester hours of courses in addition to physical education requirements). 2) Minimum grade of "C" is required in Area A, Area F, Business Core, and Major courses. 3) Other Requirements: To receive the BBA degree from Georgia Southwestern State University, students must complete at least 50% of their business courses through online program at Georgia Southwestern State University. In addition, 27 of the last 40 semester credit hours must be earned through Georgia Southwestern State University. Students must satisfy all Georgia Southwestern State University requirements for graduation. 6. Consistency with Principles of Good Practice -- Demonstrate how the institution incorporates the Principles of Good Practice (http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/commadap.pdf) in the delivery of the program. Describe the relevant benchmarks that can be used to develop comparisons about the program's merits The proposed External BBA Degree Program incorporates the Principles of Good Practice. Elements of good practice that are assured in the program include the components of institutional context and commitment; curriculum and instruction; faculty support; student support; and evaluation and assessment. GPCs online student and faculty services are managed by an Executive Director who reports to the college's VPAA. Five online department chairs report to discipline deans but work closely with the executive director on scheduling, faculty training, and new course development. The college organized its distance learning program around the SACS Principles of Good Practice. All academic policies and practices (e.g. articulation, transfer, pre-requisites, and instructor qualifications) are applied to campus-delivered and online courses in the same way. Curricular oversight is provided by the departmental curriculum committees and the deans. A 6 person student support team provides enhanced orientation, student support and problem resolution designed specifically to meet the needs of online students. A four person instructor support group provides faculty development and instructional design assistance. The college is a member of Quality Matters (http://www.gualitvmatters.org/) and reviews courses through that rubric. The college is also a member of Sloan-C and seeks to adhere to the Sloan Pillars of Quality. a. Institutional context and commitment The external BBA degree program is consistent with the role and mission of GSW, which includes offering of academic programs to students at a distance. The proposal does not change the role and mission of the institution. Additionally, the commitment of the institution to the needs of students is reflected in that this proposal provides a viable mechanism for place bound students who have completed the associate degree in business administration to complete the BBA degree by providing local access to the baccalaureate degree program. The external BBA degree will provide a significant response to the educational needs of Georgians residing in the southwest and middle regions of Georgia as well as other regions. b. Curriculum and Instruction: Although the delivery methodology of this proposal represents an additional educational track option for stUdents, the standards of quality of the curriculum and instruction have not changed. Admission, progression, and learning outcomes of students are the same for BBA students at GSW, regardless of an on campus or external degree program. The School of Business faculty, who are academically or professionally qualified, participate in the decisions concerning the curricula and program oversight in all delivery modes. c. Faculty Support: Issues of faculty workload, compensation, and intellectual property ownership have been addressed by the institution in accordance with institutional processes. Ongoing faculty support is available through the GSW's Office of Information and Instructional Technology that provides for technical, design, and production support for faculty members involved in electronically offered programs. Support includes orientation and training programs offered each semester to assist faculty to develop proficiency as well as personal assistance by qualified staff. d. Student Support: GSW's School of Business assures its administrative, financial, and technical Commitment to continue this program for a sufficient time period to enable all admitted students to complete the program within a three-year period. Prior to placement of a student in the external BBA degree program, the student must apply and be accepted into the BBA degree program, meeting published admission criteria. Once accepted into the program, the Director on each campus will a person-to-person meeting with each student concerning the technology requirements, competencies, curriculum design, library and other support services, faculty advisement, and learning expectations. 7. Fiscal Implications of the Program -- What is the funding stream for this type of delivery as well as upgrades and replacements? What are the line costs for delivering this program? Does the campus project that any tuition adjustments will need to be requested to support the delivery of this program? What are the external sources of funding and support for the program? Will there be any operating budget requests for this program that would exceed normal operating budget guidelines? Please demonstrate the cost and benefit of developing this program for a distance education format. Please complete the following modified fiscal page: Costs Per Year of Implementation Item Year Year Year Year Year 1 2 3 4 5 Network Desion 0 0 0 0 0 Network Configuration 0 0 0 0 0 Network Installation 0 0 0 0 0 Hardware Acquisition 0 0 0 0 0 Software Acquisition 0 0 0 0 0 Technical Integration 0 0 0 0 0 Support Services 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 Course Acquisition and Licensing Fees 0 0 0 0 0 Distribution Costs 0 0 0 0 0 Personnel (Faculty) 10000 10000 10000 10000 10000 Personnel (Technical Support) 10000 10000 10000 10000 10000 Personnel (Secretarial) 0 0 0 0 0 Estimated Cost for Renovated Facilities for 0 0 0 0 0 Technological Support Maintenance and Operation (specify) 0 0 0 0 0 Supplies and Materials (specify) 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 Other (specify) Total: 30000 30000 30000 30000 30000 8. Assessment -- Please indicate how students will meet the educational outcomes of the degree program. Does the institution have a system whereby it can monitor the effectiveness of the program in terms of numbers of students engaged in this mode of delivery for the program and the number of degrees conferred versus traditional delivery methods Please describe the evaluation plan to be used. The School of Business Administration has an established Outcomes Assessment Plan that is utilized for program assessment and evaluation. A copy of the School of Business Administration Outcome Assessment Plan is found in Appendix of this proposal.
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