The Necessity of an Online Degree Program for Colorado Generic University

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Purpose Statement

This proposal considers the necessity of an online degree program for Colorado Generic University. The proposal will address the components and costs associated with creating an online degree program along with the benefits gained. It will also look at the most comprehensive model to follow in this recommended action plan.

Needs Analysis

Student demographics and needs have changed dramatically. An increasing number of students attending universities today are working adults who desire a flexible and timely degree program. In order to best serve our students, Colorado Generic University needs to address the changing needs of students. The best way to meet student needs is to implement an online degree program. This needs to be done in a detailed and efficient manner, so that we are still providing the best customer service possible to our students. After hours of researching this topic, it has been determined that the most effective and comprehensive model to follow is the Robust Learning Model. This model addresses implementing an online program based on the four predictors of student learning needs. Establishing an online university program is not without cost; however, other universities that have done so have found the benefits outweigh the costs both in actual dollars and in filling student needs.


According to Neumann and Neumann, there are four predictors of student learning outcomes which need to be addressed in the creation of any university, but especially an online university. These four factors are student contact with faculty; engaging students in various cognitive activities; quality relevant program electives and courses that focus on student learning and success; and...

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