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Making your unit indispensabe in a bare-bones economy -- Janet Ross Kendall


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  • 1. Making Your Unit Indispensible in a Bare-Bones EconomyWCET 2009
    Russ Adkins, Broward Community College, FL
    Fred Hurst, Northern Arizona University
    Janet Ross Kendall, Washington State University
  • 2. Washington State University Distance Degree Programs
    Janet Ross Kendall
    Director, Distance Degree Programs
    WCET 2009
  • 3. WSU has been a national leader in use of telecommunications
    • SYNCHRONOUS -- 1983: WSU built a two-way interactive audio-video system to deliver courses around state. Today, ~125 per semester
    ASYNCHRONOUS – 1992: WSU began with videotaped lectures and sophisticated voice-mail system; 1998 began moving to online. Today, ~200 online courses are offered each semester through Distance Degree Programs
  • 4. Distance Degree Programs
    Mostly undergrad: BA Social Sciences, BA Humanities, BA Human Development, BA Criminal Justice, BA Business with 5 majors.
    Grad programs being developed: MBA, grad certificates
    Delivered by a variety of asynchronous educational technologies (e.g., Internet, streaming media)
  • 5.
  • 6. DDP Student Profile
    Average age: 36 years
    75% women
    80% work full or part-time
    Over 90% study part -time -- 2+ courses per semester
    55% receive financial aid
    90% in Washington
    Most have families (kids, parents)
  • 7. Advantages of DDP for WSU
    Online programs increase FTE to WSU; programs are state-funded.
    FTE is counted in Pullman figures – FTE contributed by DDP 08-09 was 3,236 (~ 17,000 enrollments
    Enrollments contribute to diversity figures
    Programs bring in extra tuition dollars.
    Programs provide strong statewide presence for WSU
  • 8. Organization: Then
    In 1992 there was much skepticism about an asynchronous distance degree, but we built on the growing satisfaction with the synchronous two-way interactive system
    We began with 57 students and 3 video-based courses and faculty who were willing to try something new
    All WSU policies were identical for students
    Our office coordinated all nonacademic aspects of distance delivery, and worked closely with deans and department chairs for all academic aspects
  • 9. Organization: Then
    We’ve had an Advisory Board made up of chairs and Assoc. Deans from participating departments and colleges since the beginning
    Until this year all programs but one were done on overload
    We have encouraged departments to take ownership: choose instructors, set caps, enter information into mainframe, etc.
  • 10. Organization: Now
    New provost and statewide budget cuts have resulted in new scrutiny, especially about our organizational structure
    Purposes of scrutiny:
    Figure out ways to return more money to the colleges
    Obtain buy-in from deans, raise visibility
  • 11.
  • 12. Current Funding
    WSU funding to colleges for DDP students is passed on to departments
    $2790/AAFTE (30 cr.) undergrad
    $4552/AAFTE (20 cr.) grad
    Departments receive various amounts depending on policy of colleges
    CLA has put majority of instruction on load for 09-10; this is resulting in some “blended courses” which will impact use of LMS’s in on-campus courses
    Many departments are using senior faculty/TA model
  • 13. New Programs and enrollment incentives being developed
    In this budget era, funding passed on to departments developing online programs is generating results, especially at the graduate level: OMBA, Bioethics grad certificate, PSM, Prof Master Electrical Eng.
    CLA enrollment model will give bonus funds to departments that increase seats in online courses
  • 14. Reserve Funds
    Before this year’s scrutiny we shared reserve funds with departments for specific projects. We’re proposing that such funds be distributed in collaboration the with Provost’s Office
    We’ll work with the Provost’s Office to receive RFPs for seed funds for colleges and departments for new programs
  • 15. Results of Scrutiny
    WSU needs the FTE DDP brings to the institution
    Provost’s office, deans and chairs are satisfied with the responsibilities we have for online learning
    Provost’s office, deans and chairs recognize that “distance learning” technologies should be coordinated centrally – by our unit
    Deans do not believe the additional money they need for delivering online programs should come at DDP’s expense.
  • 16. Results of Scrutiny
    Online program are becoming more integrated with on-campus programs
    part of load in CLA and CAHNRS
    colleges distribute funds to departments
    departments have more autonomy and buy-in
    Technology-mediated instruction will be coordinated centrally for greater effectiveness and efficiency.