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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




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    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




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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




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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




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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.




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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




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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.


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Dr. Anthony                                  Dr. Kendall Blanchard
President                                    President
Georgia Perimeter College                    Georgia Southwestern State University

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                                                               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

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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




                                                           ----
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•
  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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