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Friday, March 4, 2005

UNCP to offer degree programs on Ft. Bragg

The U.S. Army has enlisted The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on Ft. Bragg.

UNCP will hold classes at the home of the legendary 82nd Airborne beginning in the fall semester 2005. The University will have office space and access to four classrooms capable of offering 16 courses per semester.

UNCP will begin marketing its online courses and other offerings at its new Ft. Bragg office beginning this summer.

Undergraduate degree programs approved for Ft. Bragg include nursing, criminal justice, and business management. Graduate offerings will include the MBA, Master of Public Administration and education.

Twenty-eight universities responded to the Army’s request for proposals. Ten universities had winning proposals, including three UNC institutions – UNCP, Fayetteville State University and East Carolina.

Collie ColemanThe possibilities for UNCP on base are great, said Dr. Collie Coleman, associate vice chancellor for the Office of Outreach.

“The potential is virtually unlimited,” Dr. Coleman said. “To say the bidding was competitive is an understatement. The Army was looking for the best value.”

The Army was looking for cost effectiveness, a good track record and degrees that matched the interest of today’s soldiers and their families, Dr. Coleman said.

“UNCP prepared its proposal in just 48-days, and we hit the mark,” Dr. Coleman said. “It turned out the programs in our proposal met the high interest areas.”

Besides offering specific degree programs, UNCP will have the ability to market its online programs at the base. Faculty input was key in the proposal process, Dr. Coleman said.

“Our faculty played a key role in the decision-making process that helped us build a winning proposal,” Dr. Coleman said. “We met with the dean of every school and college and with each interested academic department chairperson.”

A campus advisory board was created with membership including Dr. Fran Fuller, a professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice; Christine Perry and Juanita Deese from the Controller’s Office; Jackie Clark, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management; Dr. William Gash, assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dr. Charles Tita and Dr. Coleman from the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.

UNCP employed Mark Clark, a Lumberton resident, to consult on the project. Clark is a graduate student and retired military veteran.

Flexibility was critical to the proposal.

“Our dedicated faculty, staff and administration have an inherent responsibility to remain flexible,” Dr. Coleman said. “This includes refunds for unforeseen course withdrawals and incompletes due to military obligations.”

As part of its classroom settings, UNCP will build a computer lab for 30. An on-site staff of two will market programs and assist Army personnel and their families through admissions and other administrative procedures.

“We are committed to a strong and responsive relationship with Ft. Bragg,” Dr. Coleman said. “We in the UNC Pembroke family look forward to a long and mutual fulfilling partnership.”

Tuition on base is $61.59 per undergraduate semester hour and $90.58 per graduate hour. The rates are the same as in-state tuition.

Approved Programs (courses offered vary from semester to semester):

  • Undergraduate Programs
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (management concentration)
  • Graduate Programs
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Master of Arts in physical education (physical education licensure) and sports administration (concentration in sports administration)
    • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    • Master of Arts in teaching
      • Middle grades education specialization
      • Physical education specialization
      • Secondary mathematics education (grades 9-12)
      • Secondary social studies education (grades 9 - 12)

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