Online learning, hybrid courses and programs, and partnerships

Action Project

Institution: University of Wisconsin-Stout
Submitted: 2007-02-26

Planned project kickoff date: 2007-01-01
Target completion date: 2008-06-08
Actual completion date:
A. Give this Action Project a short title in 10 words or fewer:
Reach new markets and provide new programs though online learning, hybrid courses and programs, and partnerships
B. Describe this Action Project's goal in 100 words or fewer:
The goal of this action project is to reach new markets and provide new academic programs. This is an expansion of a previous AQIP Action Project entitled "Expanding the Academic Program Array." The action steps associated with this project are:

1). Develop a campus-wide plan for outreach, distance learning and online learning. Include inventory of current offerings, as well as a plan for the evaluation of online courses.

2). Assess, coordinate and implement student support services for online programs for both on and off campus learners.

3). Redesign selected courses using the academic transformation model (Twigg).
C. Identify the single AQIP Category which the Action Project will most affect or impact:
Primary Category: Accomplishing Other Distinctive Objectives
D. Describe briefly your institution's reasons for taking on this Action Project now -- why the project and its goals are high among your current priorities:
This Action Project, Reach New Markets and Provide New Programs, was identified at the Strategic Planning Group's Summer Retreat and discussed at a series of listening sessions in the fall of 2006. This action project is related to the University enduring goals and to the AQIP Category, Accomplishing Distinct Objectives:  Enrolllment Management. This is one of two AQIP categories that UW-Stout intends to work consciously to improve over the next three years.
E. List the organizational areas - -institutional departments, programs, divisions, or units -- most affected by or involved in this Action Project:
Academic departments, all Colleges and School of Education, Outreach Services, Office of Academic and Student Affairs, Learning Technology Services, Teaching and Learning Center, Faculty/Staff Governance Groups (Curriculum and Instruction, Planning and Review), Enrollment Services and University Communications
F. Name and describe briefly the key organizational process(es) that you expect this Action Project to change or improve:
New program development; Program revision; New course development; Course revision; Credit transfer/credit for experiential learning; Marketing new and existing program offerings; Enrollment services for non-traditional students
G. Explain the rationale for the length of time planned for this Action Project (from kickoff to target completion):
This project was discussed with the campus and finalized in the fall of 2006. It will kickoff in spring 2007 and is anticipated to be completed in no more than two years (see steps above). Due to the nature of this project, it is anticipated that there will be ongoing actions that will extend past the formal project period.
H. Describe how you plan to monitor how successfully your efforts on this Action Project are progressing:
This project will be monitored internally by the Office of Budget, Planning and Analysis and the Chancellor's Advisory Council. Every six months, a formal project update will be requested and shared with the two groups listed above. Also, performance indicators have been identified at the university level to measure the success of this, and other, action projects.  Progress on these performance indicators is reviewed annually. In addition, the champion for the project is the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. This individual reports directly to the Chancellor and will provide him with informal progress updates.
I. Describe the overall "outcome" measures or indicators that will tell you whether this Action Project has been a success or failure in achieving its goals:
This project will be assessed on a number of outcomes measures including number of new and revised courses and programs, student enrollments in those courses and programs, distance learner satisfaction (as measured by ACT Student Opinion Survey); grades and course evaluations in "transformed" courses.
J. Other information (e.g., publicity, sponsor or champion, etc.):
The Provost is the champion for the project and she will work with the academic deans and director of Outreach Services on the action steps.

Last Action Project Update:  
A. Describe the past year's accomplishments and the current status of this Action Project.

B. Describe how the institution involved people in work on this Action Project.

C. Describe your planned next steps for this Action Project.

D. Describe any "effective practice(s)" that resulted from your work on this Action Project.

E. What challenges, if any, are you still facing in regards to this Action Project?
F. If you would like to discuss the possibility of AQIP providing you help to stimulate progress on this action project, explain your need(s) here and tell us who to contact and when?