Memo Header "Message from Provost Storrs"

April 11, 2022

 

TO: UNCG Faculty & Staff

From: Debbie Storrs, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

RE:  Changes to UNCG Online and University Services

To provide enhanced services, reduce organizational redundancy and improve budgetary efficiencies, The Division of Online Learning (UNCG Online) and its related functions have been integrated into various units across campus.

Support for Online Course and Program Development

Personnel who currently support the development of online courses and programs will join the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) team effective July 1, 2022.

The UTLC currently offers a wide array of programs and services aimed at helping faculty implement evidence-based, innovative, inclusive, and accessible teaching and learning strategies. With additional expertise in instructional design, multimedia production, web and graphic design, and web accessibility, the UTLC will be better able to support faculty to deliver instruction with the highest degree of academic excellence, regardless of instructional mode.

If you are currently working on a particular project with an instructional designer from UNCG Online, please continue to work with that individual through the completion of your project. All new requests for course development support (online, hybrid, or face-to-face) or questions about the transition in general should be directed to UTLC.

While there are still many details to finalize in this transition, the realignment of skills, talents, and resources under one unit will serve to enrich the broader teaching culture on campus.

Marketing for Academic Programs

UNCG Online marketing resources and staffing positions have been reallocated to the Division of Enrollment Management effective May 2022 and will report to the Office of Enrollment Communications. The Enrollment Communications team will employ best practices to market online and in-person academic programs, with priorities for those in demand and with capacity. Vice Chancellor Tina McEntire, Provost Debbie Storrs, and Katie MacInnes, Director of Enrollment Communications, will work with deans and departmental leadership to identify priority academic programs for strategic marketing efforts as we continue to market UNCG’s offerings to prospective students.

Academic Programs – BIPS and MAAS

The Bachelors of Integrated Professional Studies (BIPS) and the Master of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) will be relocated to the College of Arts & Sciences effective July 1, 2022. Director Muktha Jost will continue to provide leadership support to these programs within the College of Arts & Sciences.

Summer Academic Programming and Oversight

Effective summer 2022, the administration and oversight of summer programming will move to the colleges and schools, in coordination with the Provost’s Office, the Registrar’s Office, and the Division of Student Success. Academic units now have oversight of planning, course scheduling, and payroll for all face-to-face and distance courses offered during the summer terms, with consultation from Dean Andrew Hamilton. This change includes redistributing budgeted resources from the two funding sources associated with the Summer Session (tuition revenue from face-to-face courses and state appropriations for online courses). Dean Hamilton will soon send further guidance to the units to ensure the continued success of our summer instructional program.