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School of Continuing Studies

Erik Nelson

on 9 April 2010

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The School of Continuing Studies What does the School of Continuing Studies look like? Restructuring SCS The Center for Adult &
Professional Studies Arcadia Online The Center for
Summer Learning SCS Mission Statement The mission of the School of Continuing Studies is to provide creative, flexible, and innovative program delivery that meets the education needs of adult, non-traditional, professional students in Pennsylvania and beyond. The School is committed to excellence in non-traditional educational experiences that are global, integrative, and personal. Why should we be interested in adult learning? ? According to the Dept. of Education, non-traditional students make up 73% of enrollments in U.S. colleges and universities. At Arcadia, if you consider all full-time Graduate and Undergraduate...
plus part-time students

non-traditional age students make up 47% of our enrollment Background Background National Center for Educational Statistics reports that adults 24 and older make up 43% of undergraduate enrollments.
Arcadia = 4.3%
Only 167 Students Where can we focus? Focus The City of Philadelphia’s workforce ranks 92nd of the 100 largest cities in terms of college attainment.
Only 1 in 5 Philadelphians between the ages of 24 and 45 has an Associates’ or Bachelors’ degree.
80,000 Philadelphians have more than one year of college, but have not completed a degree.
What do we plan to do... CAPE Programs Liberal Studies, housed within the School of Continuing Studies Collaborate with departments in Arcadia's three colleges to create degree
completion programs: Accelerated B.A. in Business Administration and
Corporate Media Maintain our programming in local school districts, as well as pursue grant
opportunities BCA - Business Club of America

Graduate Philadelphia!

Willow Grove Air Force Base

Organizations looking for CE
Partnerships CAPE Grants Accelerated Certification for Educators (ACE) - $1.3 million

Certification in Math & Science (CIMS) - $1.6 million

Gate Opener Grant (Early Childhood)$20,000
What is the demand for CAPE programs? History Head Count
2008 2009
972 1,037

Credit Hours Generated
2008 2009
3,067 3,359

Revenue for 2009 = $1,160,665 Arcadia Online Why should we be interested in online learning? Background According to the Sloan Consortium, students studying online in fall 2007 reached 3.94 million.

Online growth continues to surpass the growth of the overall higher education student population.
Over a five year period of time (2002-2007), online enrollments
grew an average of 20% per year. Most institutions that are engaged in online education cite that one of their most important objectives is to increase the rate of degree completion.
Sloan also reports that online education is extremely popular with the non-traditional or adult learner…most institutions see online as the reason for growth in their continuing studies colleges.
What growth have we experienced
in our online enrollments? History Head Count
2008 2009
925 1,422

Credit Hours Generated
2008 2009
2,884 4,544

Revenue for 2009 = $2,223,503 Numbers represent part-time undergraduate online & graduate online
53% Increase 57.5% Increase How do we ensure quality? All courses must have the approval of the department chair
All courses must pass the Quality Matters standards
All courses must be approved by UAPC or GAPC
Chairs or Program Directors approve academic content before instructors are paid
All students receive surveys each semester to provide feedback for improvement
Plan being developed to review online courses with department chairs or program directors
Quality Control Quality Control Working with Arcadia faculty teaching online... Where possible, Arcadia Online works with Arcadia full-time faculty to deliver online courses
Arcadia Online assigns an online instructional designer to each faculty member designing and teaching an online course
Where Arcadia faculty cannot be identified to teach online courses: Advertisements for the online adjunct position will be developed and approved by the department chair and the Dean of Continuing Studies.
Resumes will be collected and posted in a Blackboard community organization for a faculty search committee to review and provide comments.
The faculty search committee will evaluate the applicant’s knowledge of the content area.
The Dean of the School of Continuing Studies will assess the applicant’s ability to teach online.
After consultation, the decision remains in the hands of the department chair. In the case of programs that reside in SCS, a faculty committee will be formed to provide oversight in the hiring process.
The Center for Summer Learning Goal is for CSL to collaborate with Arcadia’s three colleges to increase our market share in undergraduate, graduate, and adult populations in the summer months
2009 developed new offerings in flexible timeframes and delivery formats
Background History Head Count
2008 2009
976 1,163

Credit Hours Generated
2008 2009
2,728 3,291

Revenue for 2009 = $1,762,574 Financial Overview - SCS Faculty Questions/Concerns Question 1 "Faculty desire to see a more fully developed proposal" A business plan has been developed and includes:
Mission Statement
Restructuring Plan
Market Analysis & Background
Investment & Demand in Each Unit
Arcadia's Strengths to Meet the Demand
Credit Hour Analysis Question 2 "Continuing Studies did not add up to a college on par with Arcadia's other colleges" Question 3 "The emphasis placed on mode of delivery (online) rather than a substantive area of study" Question 4 "Fear that the College of Continuing Studies innovative and entrepreneurial focus would eclipse such activities within departments" The President and Provost have designated this unit to be a School, not a College. Provost Michael affirms the importance of a School of Continuing Studies and attests to its growing importance in the vision and direction of Academic Affairs. Additionally, The Liberal Studies program is now housed in the School of Continuing Studies and will award degrees to these students in the same fashion as Arcadia’s other colleges. Currently, there are 514 students being serviced through The Center for Adult and Professional Education (CAPE, formerly Educational Outreach). In Closing... Considering that many misunderstandings existed about the role of Distributed Learning within the university, SCS will communicate regularly with each of Arcadia’s colleges and departments in an effort to keep the university community informed of its activities. Under the leadership of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the activities of SCS will be communicated to key strategic units on campus, such as The Board of Directors, Executive Council, Faculty Council, and faculty within Arcadia’s three colleges. Online delivery is a viable way of teaching and learning as affirmed by Provost Michael, the university community at Arcadia, and the growing national and international markets. Online learning will play an integral role in helping Arcadia to realize its goal of being a globally engaged university. Growing numbers of students prefer this style of learning. It would be unwise for any institution to ignore this growing demand. Under the leadership of Provost Michael, entrepreneurship will be a strategic focus across the entire university. One of the main goals of the School of Continuing Studies is to form partnerships and collaborations with departments in Arcadia’s three colleges. SCS plans to support and help foster the development of the entrepreneurial spirit that exists within each of Arcadia’s departments.
Question 5 "Concern about where the revenue from new programs will go" Support the concept of revenue sharing...and will continue to work on
a percentage that works for both the university and the departments. As has been the practice for many years, all new revenue goes to the
university to help achieve its mission. The School of Continuing Studies
receives no revenue. The majority of SCS resources comes in the form of development money...which goes
directly to the faculty member for their efforts. Question 6 "Faculty are concerned that SCS will compete with departmental programs" SCS plans to partner with departments to reach new student
populations and help deliver their programs to this new audience. SCS has been working with IT to use the system to manage the enrollments
of our traditional students. Question 7 "Who receives credit for student enrollment when SCS is involved?" The university department retains credit for the students studying in their programs. SCS looks at the Trends… how many are studying online, blended, accelerated etc.
Best example here is the relationship that CAPE has with the Education
Department. Reaching Our Goals ... Need to design strategic marketing plans for the varying audiences Continue direct marketing efforts with BCA Social Media Committment to electronic marketing
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