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Title: Developing a Cooperative Online Degree Program The Practical Mechanics

Developing a Cooperative Online Degree
Program The Practical Mechanics
  • Dr. Roger Von Holzen
  • Ms Darla Runyon
  • Northwest Missouri State University

Masters in Education in Teaching and Learning
  • Thirty-three hour program
  • Designed to meet the special needs of elementary
    teachers who are in their early career years
  • Major goals of the program
  • assist these teachers to improve their practice
  • fully equip them to persist in the profession
  • which is critical during this time of
    significant teacher shortages

Masters in Education in Teaching and Learning
  • Third goal
  • enable the participating institutions to offer a
    new online degree program while minimizing
    staffing issues
  • Goals achieved through the cooperative sharing of
    program courses

Program Curriculum
  • Developed by university faculty from across the
    state of Missouri
  • Met over a three year period
  • Program based around the work of the National
    Board for Professional Teaching standards

Program Description
  • Twelve-hour core of education coursework
  • Three emphasis area options
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Science
  • Must complete the introductory course in both of
    the options not selected
  • Three hours of elective course(s) to round out
    the program

Program Description
  • Program draws on what has been learned in recent
    years on the various campuses and through the
    literature about web-based delivery
  • Design of this 33-hour program targets those who
    wish to pursue graduate programming

but are limited due to their geographic location
and work requirements
Program Evolution
  • Initially, eight universities were interested in
    developing the program
  • Difficult and expensive to bring groups together

Program Evolution
  • Strong state coordinating board and
    administrative support for development of the
  • Limit duplication of programs
  • Get some institutions to begin offering online
  • Save development time and resources

Program Evolution
  • One by one, five universities dropped out of the
    program for various reasons
  • Lack of faculty support for online programs
  • Lack of faculty support to work with other
  • Why dont we develop our own online program?
  • Lack of faculty collegiality toward faculty
    members from other institutions
  • Are their faculty members as good as ours?

Dead Men Walking
  • The surviving three Missouri state institutions
    have joined forces to fully develop the
    cooperative online degree program
  • Lincoln University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University

Program Mechanics
Memorandum of Understanding
  • Agreement between the three institutions
  • Formally signed at a state-wide meeting
  • Outlines the working relationship behind the

Program Accountability
  • Program supervised by an Oversight Team
  • Composed of an equal number of deans-level
    representatives from each institution
  • Oversees the program director
  • Directs the development and implementation of the
    online masters degree program and its policies
  • Convenes on a quarterly basis

Program Accountability
  • Program collaboratively developed by faculty
  • Initial focus determined by Oversight Team
  • Curriculum changes may be proposed by faculty
  • Meet annually to review program and for
    professional development
  • Changes must be approved by the faculty and the
    Oversight Team

Program Web Site
  • Developed, hosted and maintained by Northwest
    Missouri State University
  • URL identified with the state of Missouri--not
    any particular institution
  • Missouri Online Higher Education Consortium

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Common Criteria
  • Each institution will follow a common admission
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00
  • Alternative admission minimum undergraduate GPA
    of 2.75 and 3.25 on the first nine hours of
    graduate coursework in the program
  • Graduate record exam 475 minimum on the verbal
    or quantitative score and a minimum of 400 on the
    other section
  • Letter of support from the students employer
    (supervisor) if the student works in a school or
    educational institution
  • A cover letter briefly discussing the student's
    teaching background and the emphasis (cohort)
    area that the student is interested in (reading,
    math or science)

Common Criteria
  • Students must designate which campus is his/her
    home campus
  • The university of record will grant the degree
  • Students will function under the rules and
    regulations of their home institution
  • All advising and in-depth mentoring will be
    conducted by the faculty at the student's home

Course Management Software
  • System needed to cover online registration,
    campus quotas, wait lists, and course hosting
  • eCollege selected as course management software
  • Courses hosted on eCollege servers
  • Backup systems
  • System security
  • Online and telephone 24/7 tech support

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  • Each campus initially allocated 7 seats per
  • Overprescribed courses are wait listed
  • Available seats from other campuses reallocated
    prior to start of classes
  • Student admissions requirements verified prior to
    finalization of course registration
  • Drop/adds handled by web site

  • Registration information and updates sent to each
  • Processed through each campus Registrars

Grade Reporting
  • Standard letter grades used--A, B, C, D, and F
  • Grades reported through secure web site by
  • Only a students home institution can view that
    students grades
  • Submission of grades to the Registrars office on
    each campus is made in the format as designated
    by each office
  • direct viewing and printing of grade reports
  • download of files containing grade reports
  • e-mail receipt of grade reports

Graduate Faculty
  • Participating faculty must qualify as graduate
    faculty at their respective home institutions
  • Each university will have responsibility for its
    participating faculty with respect to
  • employment decisions
  • work assignments
  • annual work evaluations
  • termination decisions

Course Development
  • Courses assigned for development and initial
    delivery to each campus
  • Core and content strands split across all three
    campuses (no one campus controls a strand)
  • Faculty course developers paid 5,000
  • Deficit funded by Northwest
  • Course materials developed is considered to
    be jointly owned by the participating
    institutions and the faculty member(s)
    involved in the course development process

Cooperative Training of Online Faculty
  • Northwest provided technical and pedagogical
    assistance with the design and development of the
  • Additional assistance provided by local
    campus faculty support offices

Course Delivery
  • Each course must be offered on a regularly
    scheduled basis as determined by the Oversight
  • Courses may be moved among the institutions
  • Multiple sections of course may be taught from
    multiple campuses
  • Course web site duplicated

Financial Considerations
  • Tuition determined by the Oversight Team
  • Common tuition across the participating
  • The student's university of record assess all
    tuition and fees
  • 250 per credit hour for Missouri residents
  • 350 per credit hour for out-of-state residents
  • Each institution may add on additional fees

Financial Considerations
  • Program Director invoices the institutions at the
    rate of 200 per credit hour for their students
    enrolled in program courses
  • Enrolling institution retains 50 per credit (for
    in-state and 150 per credit out-of-state)

Financial Considerations
  • Payment to each institution teaching an online
  • based on the following formula
  • Payment Amount 100 X number of credit hours X
    number of students enrolled in the course
  • 6,000 100 X 3 X 20
  • The institution is responsible for the payment of
    faculty member's salary and other related

Continued Participation
  • Any institution may discontinue participation in
    this program
  • Subject to the approval of the Oversight Team and
    the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher
  • Contingencies must be made for all admitted
    students to be able to complete their programs

Course Schedules
  • Courses delivered within the academic calendars
    of all campuses
  • The start date for a semester is set for the
    latest start date among the three campuses
  • The end date for a semester is set for the
    earliest end date among the three campuses
  • Fall and spring semesters15 weeks
  • Summer sessions8 1/2 weeks

Program Marketing
  • Web site developed and maintained by Northwest
  • Housed at distinguishing web address
  • Internal marketing with each campus bureaucracy
  • Provide background information about program
  • Provide key information needed for each area
  • Graduate office
  • Admissions
  • Registrars
  • Financial Aid and Student Financial Accounts
  • Library
  • Lack of overlap in market areas

Program Marketing
  • Brochures and other marketing materials centrally
    developed and produced
  • Mailings conducted by each campus with costs
    covered by Program Director
  • Major marketing effort conducted through the
    Regional Professional Development Centers across
    the state
  • Search engine data uploaded by Program Director

Reality Check
  • State drops requirement for masters-level credit
    for recertification
  • CEUs are sufficient
  • Budget cuts on state and local levels
  • No money for professional development
  • No money for movement on salary scale
  • Reality---only 7 students enrolled
  • Program currently on hold

The Experience
  • So what has this experience been like?
  • A bit frustrating at times

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Dr. Roger Von Holzen
Ms Darla Runyon