On January 12, 2002, Vice Provost for Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), Thomas K. Miller, announced the award of over $900,000 in support of distance education initiatives at NC State. Now in its second year, DELTA’s Distance Education RFP has provided funding for the planning, design and development of distance education (DE) programs and services. A DELTA review board was convened in late December to review over 40 proposals and identify those projects that offered the best match between academic unit goals, faculty expertise, market opportunities and DELTA resources. A detailed list and description of the various projects selected during this year’s RFP cycle is available on the DELTA home page at delta.ncsu.edu.
Funding awarded through this year’s Distance Education RFP marks an 80% increase over last year. This increase in targeted funding for distance education development reflects DELTA’s commitment to making both sound pedagogy and rich technology seamless features of the NC State learning experience.
According to Dr. Miller, “The Distance Education RFP is the best way to keep the growth and innovation of our distance education programs where it belongs – in the hands of the faculty.
A significant portion of this year’s funding awards went to the College of Engineering to facilitate their efforts to develop online master’s degree programs in civil, aerospace and mechanical engineering, and computer science.
Substantial funding from this year’s RFP will also go towards the expansion of many current DE courses and specialized licensure program offerings. One such recipient will be the English as a Second Language (ESL) licensure program offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS). Through the RFP, DELTA financial and program development support will (cont) enable CHASS to offer online courses in linguistics and methods and materials to North Carolina teachers in this critical field.