Making Your Unit Indispensible in a Bare-Bones EconomyWCET 2009<br />Russ Adkins, Broward Community College, FL<br />Fred ...
Washington State University Distance Degree Programs<br />Janet Ross Kendall<br />Director, Distance Degree Programs<br />...
WSU has been a national leader in use of telecommunications<br /><ul><li>SYNCHRONOUS -- 1983: WSU built a two-way interact...
Distance Degree Programs<br />Mostly undergrad: BA Social Sciences, BA Humanities, BA Human Development, BA Criminal Justi...
DDP Student Profile<br />Average age: 36 years<br />75% women<br />80% work full or part-time<br />Over 90% study part -ti...
Advantages of DDP for WSU<br />Online programs increase FTE to WSU; programs are state-funded.<br />FTE is counted in Pull...
Organization: Then<br />In 1992 there was much skepticism about an asynchronous distance degree, but we built on the growi...
Organization: Then<br />We’ve had an Advisory Board made up of chairs and Assoc. Deans from participating departments and ...
Organization: Now<br />New provost and statewide budget cuts have resulted in new scrutiny, especially about our organizat...
Current Funding<br />WSU funding to colleges for DDP students is passed on to departments<br />$2790/AAFTE (30 cr.) underg...
New Programs and enrollment incentives being developed<br />In this budget era, funding passed on to departments developin...
Reserve Funds<br />Before this year’s scrutiny we shared reserve funds with departments for specific projects.  We’re prop...
Results of Scrutiny<br />WSU needs the FTE DDP brings to the institution<br />Provost’s office, deans and chairs are satis...
Results of Scrutiny<br />Online program are becoming more integrated with on-campus programs <br />part of load in CLA and...
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Making your unit indispensabe in a bare-bones economy -- Janet Ross Kendall

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

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