When Going Online Isn’t Going

Elizabeth Osika (Chicago State University, USA), Rochelle Johnson (Chicago State University, USA) and Rosemary Buteau (Chicago State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 246
EISBN13: 9781613503768|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-599-5.ch014
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Abstract

Over the last few years, Southern State University (SSU) has experienced a decline in enrollment and state funding. However, one aspect that holds promise, based on past enrollment data, is the potential movement towards providing online degree programs. While SSU provides rewards and encouragement for the development of online courses and programs, and students consistently are quick to fill the online sections, there has only been a small cohort of faculty who embrace teaching online. Therefore, there has been little to no growth in the number of online courses compared to other schools in the area, and not a single program has been established as being offered completely online. SSU is now faced with the issue of how to convince the heavily unionized faculty and other stakeholders that movement to the offering of online programs is a vital aspect of the university’s future success.
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