Program Intake

The Program Planning and Management unit is responsible for leading the review of new programs.

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Individuals having interest in proposing ideas should contact the appropriate director.

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Working with the World Campus

Faculty members interested in working with the World Campus should first discuss the idea with their department head, associate dean, or dean. World Campus evaluates all program ideas through a proven multi-step program proposal process that helps to ensure good decisions are made for all parties.

If you have a question or have an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate idea to propose for World Campus delivery, please contact the appropriate World Campus Director/Associate Director, per the list found on the Program Intake Form page.

New Program Intake

Proposing a Program Idea

Penn State World Campus reviews program ideas via a multi-step process, which has brought structure, rigor, risk analysis, and financial responsibility to the program selection process. This process has been effective in selecting programs that are productive in terms of enrollment and financial criteria for both the academic partner and the World Campus.

Origination of Ideas

Program ideas for World Campus typically originate from one or more of three sources. These include:

Academic Units: Faculty members, department heads, and deans may propose a program idea to World Campus.

World Campus: Some ideas are generated through day-to-day discussions among World Campus staff around the curriculum of undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offered by the World Campus. These discussions can reveal opportunities as well as points of synergy.

Market Scans: Outreach Marketing Research completes market scans for World Campus on a regular basis. Changing employment trends and hiring patterns can suggest emerging markets and the need for new programs.

Academic Unit Consultation

Early consultation with academic units and faculty who deliver similar programs in residence or have related scholarly interest is a requirement. The Graduate School, for example, has mandated that competing online degree programs will not be approved, and collaborative approaches across colleges and campuses are encouraged. Collaboration adds academic diversity to a program and is a great advantage in addressing faculty capacity as program enrollment grows.

After initial review by World Campus and the identification of academic partners, the suggested program idea progresses through a series of steps.

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World Campus Administrative Manual

The purpose of this manual is to guide World Campus administrative practices and to communicate information about those practices to Academic Partners and the University community as a whole. The dynamic nature of distance teaching and learning makes the process of establishing and documenting appropriate procedures and standards challenging. In this environment, procedures and standards of necessity change rapidly and repeatedly to reflect new and developing technologies, innovations, services, and expectations. In order to ensure a dynamic response to changing conditions, the material presented here will be reviewed and revised regularly in collaboration with the Penn State Online Steering Committee.

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Individuals having an interest in proposing an idea should contact the appropriate Director/Associate Director:

Liberal Arts
Amanda Mulfinger, Director of Academic Affairs

Earth and Mineral Sciences, Graduate Business, Law, Medicine, Science, Undergraduate Business
Traci Piazza, Director of Academic Affairs

Engineering, Health and Human Development, Information Sciences and Technology, Public Affairs
Sonya Leitzell, Director of Academic Affairs

Agricultural Sciences, Arts and Architecture, Communications, Education, Nursing
Stephanie Russell, Associate Director of Academic Affairs

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